Sure, we all have a civic duty to watch the debate tonight between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. How many gaffes will Biden commit? Which Palin bit can we expect to show up on Saturday Night Live this weekend? But those of us living in Chicago have other civic duties as well; namely that both of our baseball teams are in the playoffs. We answer to a higher power.
The White Sox open their series against the Tampa Bay Rays today at 1:30 p.m., but that doesn’t mean watching the debate tonight instead of the Cubs game is a no-brainer. After all, White Sox fans love to watch the Cubs lose, and I’m sure many will tune in for just that reason alone.
The debate is at 8. The Cubs, down a game to the Dodgers, play again tonight at 8:30. With the enigmatic Carlos Zambrano on the mound, Cubs fans won’t want to miss a second because Big Z could spontaneously combust at any moment – or throw a no-hitter.
What to do?
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“Lou Piniella is on board with the Cubs’ plan to ask the city to relax its ordinance and allow games on Friday and Saturday nights at Wrigley Field,” the Tribune reports.
“Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney hopes to convince the city that flexibility in scheduling night games on weekends is needed to keep the players fresh and that concerns over neighborhood congestion are no longer relevant because of the influx of bars and restaurants in the 20 years since the ordinance was enacted.”
So let me see if I can restate this argument: What’s another 40,000 people when the neighborhood is already congested beyond repair?
“Since the Cubs often return from trips on Thursday nights, Piniella said the players would benefit with extra rest if they played at night on Friday or Saturday.
“‘A good example is Friday,’ Piniella said. ‘We had an afternoon game in Milwaukee on Thursday, and we get in late and have a day game on Friday.'”
True enough, but as Jim Coffman points out in his Beachwood Reporter column today, the visiting Pirates were coming into town from the road as well – and didn’t get to sleep in their own beds or play in their home park.
The Cubs have chipped away for years at the traditions – like day baseball – that have made the Cubs the Cubs. One day soon there will be no more day games, no more bleachers, no more rooftops, no more wind and no more sunshine. And then there might as well be no more Cubs.