As $355 million worth of baseball talent strutted around on the field, and artery-hardening nachos and hot dogs were inhaled off it, you wondered what the ghosts of the SCG must have thought about it all.
They were all there. Noble, Bradman and Messenger behind home plate. O'Reilly and Trumper at left field. Churchill at centre.
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The ghosts, whose names are now emblazoned on the ground's ever-evolving grandstands, have witnessed St George premierships, Steve Waugh last-ball miracles and Plugger landing historic behinds for the Swans.
But they haven't seen anything like this: the opening series of the Major League Baseball season, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, played out on Sydney's most sacrosanct patch of sporting turf.
The Dodgers won 7-5 on Sunday, having won 3-1 the previous evening, but the result was irrelevant in comparison to the unexpected success of the event.
According to NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton, the arrival of ''the Big Show'' was the ''biggest'' thing to happen to Sydney since Nikki Webster magically glided through the air at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
''These matches have created the biggest sporting buzz in Sydney since we hosted the Olympics 14 years ago,'' Upton said. ''Having just witnessed the LA Dodgers defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 [on Saturday night], I can safely say bringing the Major League Baseball to Sydney has been an extremely good investment.
''There have been many major sporting events in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the Australian Open of Surfing. But personally I think it is hard to beat the MLB in terms of a world-class entertainment experience, global television audience and positive international exposure for Sydney, particularly in the US market.''
Biggest sporting buzz since the Olympics?
Maybe Upton wasn't there the night in 2005 when the Socceroos qualified for the World Cup. Or the two British and Irish Lions tours. Or Parramatta versus Manly at Brookvale on Sunday afternoon.
Nevertheless, the most myopic footy bogan would have to acknowledge the significance of the past week's festival of baseball.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been telling anyone who will listen the series was held in Australia as part of his desire to ''internationalise'' baseball.
It is not so much about snatching cricket willow out of the hands of youngsters and replacing them with baseball bats as much as prodding them to wear a Dodgers, Diamondbacks or Yankees cap.
There are about 50,000 baseballers in Australia, and that is a long way off making it a ''major sport'', despite one ESPN commentator on Saturday night suggesting it was ranked ''three or four'' in terms of Australian sporting popularity. (Another ESPN caller asked on Sunday: ''We have the same sun in the US as here in Australia, right?'')
This series was less about what it could do for the MLB as what it could do for Sydney, which has been comparatively starved of major events since holding the most successful summer Olympics to date.
Sydney's sporting elite, including Michael Clarke, Buddy Franklin and Alessandro Del Piero, filled the corporate areas while fans took their position behind home plate in sold-out $500 seats.
Transplanting the games to the SCG cost an estimated $10 million, with $2 million of that needed to turn a cricket field into a baseball configuration of MLB standard.
The question on the lips of all concerned on Sunday was whether Selig would bring the MLB here again. Given his intention to take ''America's national pastime'' to the world, he is unlikely to do so in the near future - although some were suggesting it could appear again in about four years.
Significantly, there is a belief other US sports have already cocked an eyebrow in interest. MLB's senior vice-president of international business operations, Paul Archey, said last week that regular National Football League or National Basketball Association games could be held in Sydney.
But as the Big Show drew to a close, the idea of National Hockey League matches being hosted at Allphones Arena was being privately floated.
Before the sun had set, the millions of dollars of baseball stock was being rushed on to buses and taken to the airport for a 7pm chartered flight back to the US.
Unlike Manchester United players who played here last year, there was no trip to Ivy to wind down.
So thanks, Dodgers. Thanks, Diamondbacks. The ghosts have had a ball. But we'd like our SCG back now. Please take every grain of the imported red clay with you.
The Dragons play Souths here in less than two weeks.