The Midwest is often referred to as “Tornado Alley.”
You’re always at the mercy of unpredictable weather when you’re out in the middle part of the United States.
Last night, the game between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was delayed due to some unpredictable weather, and a tornado warning went into effect on the North side of Chicago.
Yu Darvish was set to start for the Padres, but interestingly, while the sirens went off and everybody took shelter, Darvish was unaffected and continued preparing for his outing.
Padres reporter Annie Heilbrunn tweeted what Darvish had to say about not stopping his warmup despite the tornado warning.
Yu Darvish said after the game that the tornado warning was a bit sentimental, because everyone cleared out of the stadium and seating area and it was just him out there, sharing a moment with Wrigley Field. Meant a lot to him to be back. #Padres #Cubs
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) June 14, 2022
Darvish Ignores Weather, Dominates
This is a good reason to stay out there and continue warming up.
Aside from the fact that he’s a competitor and simply wanted to pitch, Darvish felt some sentiment.
He had signed with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season and spent three seasons there.
The Padres acquired him prior to the start of the 2021 season.
All Darvish was doing here was simply enjoying being back at Wrigley Field.
He was totally unfazed by the tornado warning and just took some time to enjoy Wrigley again.
Better yet, Darvish went out there and pitched a gem, throwing eight innings while allowing just one run and striking out seven.
He did not walk a batter either.
Never mind that severe weather was approaching.
Darvish just wanted to enjoy Wrigley and get prepared for yet another dominant outing.
Perhaps the severe weather and the sirens gave him a little extra motivation.
But hey, at least he got to enjoy Wrigley Field again, even with a tornado in the area.