All types of baseball in America are played during the time when the Sun reaches its northern-most point. The summer solstice is also known as the longest day of the year despite the fact that Earth days are all 24 hours. The "longest" in this case means there is more day time than night time. This also means that the summer solstice represents the shortest night of the year. |
It must just be coincidence but this game which lasted 14 full innings is now the longest personal cosmic game played this season. Were it not for a wild pitch and a sacrifice, and since theoretically any baseball game can go on indefinitely, we might still be scoring this season's Summer Solstice game. But alas, there was a wild pitch by Sagittarius and Saturn hit a sacrifice fly scoring planet Earth who began the top of the 14th inning with a walk.
In the past there has been some criticism of the game's name. A petition to rename the event and call it the Northern Solstice Game was floated and defeated in 1999 because baseball is a summer game in our northern American tradition. Naturally, time AND space are relative and what is summertime in the cities of North America is just the opposite in the jungles of South America. The Mapuche celebrate their New Year on June 24, a few days after the Northern Solstice.
|Game Date||June 20, 2012|
|Game Time||7:08pm EDT|
|Game Duration||4 hours, 14 minutes|
|Weather||Muggy, Overcast, Humid and Hot, 930|
|Umpires||Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Wally Joyner|
|Official Scorer||Ruth Etting|
|Game MCP||Planet Saturn|