As the home team White Sox cruised to a 5-1 win over their rivals, a bunch of still-unidentified women engaged in fisticuffs behind left field.
With cameras never too far away, clips of the incident made it to social media.
But as of yet, it is still unclear as to how and why the brawl broke out, and whether police officers or stadium security guards intervened.
What is clear, however, is the ferocity of the scrap.
Subsequent images appear to show a feisty dark-haired woman in black clothing fending off three girls all on her own, and even knocking one to the ground with a hard slap.
“Blonde girls got to have some situational awareness,” wrote one Twitter onlooker.
“Can’t be fighting an uphill battle when you’re already fighting up a weight class,” he added, in reference to a size discrepancy.
An excellent snap reproduced above was dubbed “the best sports photograph of 2021.”
“A 21st century Caravaggio writ large,” it was added, in reference to the famous 16th-century artist who combined “realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting”.
Comparisons to Rembrandt’s Night Watch were also made, but another counterpart below of a couple bemused by the goings-on also tickled punters.
“That’s about $75 worth of beer in the air. That’s the real tragedy here,” said one concerned party.
“Women in Chicago are so classy they were probably fighting over who got to use the mustache trimmer between innings,” came a dig at residents of the Windy City.
The fight is the second violent incident since the MLB season started and crowds were let back into grounds across the US following the coronavirus pandemic.
Less than a fortnight ago, a San Diego Padres supporter knocked another fan out cold during the sixth inning of a clash between his team and the Colorado Rockies.
Likewise caught on camera, it appears several game-goers grapple with the thrower of the punch, with some maintaining him in a headlock as police officers descended.
After it had been rumored the man could be prosecuted for the attack, Denver Police confirmed that the victim, whose glasses flew off his face after the blow, had opted not to press charges.
Elsewhere in US sports, several scraps broke out throughout the duration of former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr’s comeback fight against Chris Arreola on May 1, which left many to lament that the “embarrassing side of boxing” had reared its head at the Dignity Health Sports Park near Los Angeles.
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