Of course, there are plenty of old-timers who remember what it was like to play during the intense heat in heavy, woolen uniforms. Or what it was like to step onto the old, artificial turf of the 1970s and '80s, which always seemed to ramp up the temperature.
Players these days, with their super-engineered sports drinks and moisture-wicking jerseys and IVs at the ready, aren't going to get much sympathy from those of yesteryear.
After all, the summer swelter has always been a part of the game.
"This is baseball. Summer," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who spent 16 years playing in the big leagues. "I've got four people working at my house right now making five dollars an hour — I think we pay them a little more than that — and they're still working. I think we make a little bit more than them, and we've got people paying to watch us. Just think about that."
AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom contributed to this report.
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