Sport has many quirks. The Sharks never winning is an example which springs to mind.
- Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) – A fly ball that strikes the top of the ladder on the Green Monster and then bounces out of play is two (2) bases.
- Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) – A batted ball striking the flagpole in center field and bouncing onto the field is in play; a ball striking the flagpole while in flight and leaving the playing field is a home run.
- Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) – A batted ball that hits either of the two lower catwalks (C Ring and D Ring) between the yellow foul poles is ruled a home run. The two upper catwalks (the A Ring and B Ring) are considered in play; a ball that touches either can drop for a hit or be caught for an out.
- Citi Field (New York Mets) – Any fair ball in flight hitting the overhanging Pepsi Porch is ruled an automatic home run.
Traditions are great in sport and it’s what makes sport, but surely on game day, Chicago can put a clear plastic wall up in front of the ivy, so the ball bounces back and is kept in play. I’m sure if one day it affected them from winning a World Series, the ivy would be cut down faster than Steve Bartman was escorted out of the ground in 2003!