A Look Back At The Coldest Game In MLB History

It is absolutely freezing over much of the nation, with wind chills as low as -54 reported (it feels like a balmy 0 here at the world headquarters of Ball Eight).

Which led us to wonder: When was the coldest game in MLB history?

We didn’t look far. Turns out it was April 23, 2013, when the Braves were playing in Colorado. Game time temperature in Game 1 of the doubleheader was 23 degrees. By Game 2, it had warmed up to 30 degrees.

From USA Today:

Braves center fielder B.J. Upton, who can’t remember the last time he even saw snow, scurried around in the Braves’ clubhouse looking for a ski cap and looking at Braves starter Mike Minor like he was crazy going out in short sleeves.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, wearing head-to-toe thermal gear, was jumping up and down and screaming in the clubhouse. Finally, an hour before game time, he pronounced himself warm.

“It’s miserable to be honest with you,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss says. “It’s not easy. The conditions aren’t ideal. You have to control your mind.” …

“The best job today,” Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton said, “is to be the assistant hitting coach. That way you can stay inside and just watch the video.”

The Braves won 4-3 in a game that took just two hours and 37 minutes to play. Justin Upton and Dan Uggla both homered for the Braves.

The Braves also won the nightcap 10-2, as Upton hit another homer.

In short: Justin Upton hits homers when the temperature is below freezing.

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