Take me out to the ball game? For some dealing with this relentless heat wave, that idea could make you think twice.

The heat wave that has taken hold of much of the upper Midwest over the past few days is taking its toll on just about everyone — including those who may be used to working up a sweat outdoors.

Case in point: Monday’s Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs baseball game. Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was forced to leave the game early as temperatures at Chicago’s Wrigley Field soared into the 90s. The heat index during game time was far more than 100 degrees.

Halladay, his face beet-red and his off-white jersey soaked, left the game in the fifth inning.

“You could tell the heat was getting to him a little bit,” said Phillies’ pitching coach Rich Dubee, in an article on the team’s website. “I talked to him after the fourth, and he said he was somewhat lightheaded, but he wanted to go back out there. Of course, he went out there in the fifth and just had a tough time staying focused and seeing the signs.”

The team said Halladay felt better after the game.

Chicago isn’t alone. The “dangerous” heat wave baking the central United States is expected to extend to the East Coast by the end of this week, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

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