Tag Archives: Lou Piniella

Good Night Sunshine

“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.


Month in Review

I’ll be on Eight Forty Eight’s Month in Review panel this morning at 9 a.m. on WBEZ-FM (91.5) discussing the motherlode of a newsy April gone by. Here are my picks in the various categories we are likely to discuss.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STORY: Ali Ata! The roadmap to the governor just became a lot clearer. Second: The absolute insistence – with the backing of the Daley Administration – of the Chicago Children’s Museum in moving forward with its plans to relocate in Grant Park despite tremendous public opposition.

LOSER OF THE MONTH: Rod Blagojevich.

WINNER OF THE MONTH: Jim Hendry. Even though the mega-millions he gave to Alfonso Soriano looks increasingly idiotic, Kosuke Fukudome has been even better than advertised, Reed Johnson is a steal, and Lou Piniella is the man.

WINNER & LOSER: The Chicago Children’s Museum. A loser because everybody hates them now, but a winner because the mayor always gets what he wants.

UNDER-REPORTED: The CHA opening its voucher list up again and them being swamped with applications. If examined closely, this is further evidence that the Plan for Transformation is more about transforming valuable real estate than providing adequate housing for the poor.

OVER-REPORTED: Chicago public schools violence. Not to be insensitive, but this has been framed as somehow the fault of Chicago public schools. If I understand it, these killings are not occurring on public school property; it’s not CPS’s fault. It’s mostly gang-related, and I’m not sure if the violence – intolerable as it is – represents a spike over previous years. This is a story about poverty, socioeconomics and policing, not schools. That part of the story should be reported with even more urgency, but the school frame is overblown.

WATCH NEXT MONTH: The Chicago Children’s Museum battle will be back at full volume, but also watch the Latin School lawsuit; these are both about private use of public park land, though different in scope and circumstance. Also, Obama is obvious, but what about his political mentor Emil Jones? Will his one-man gridlock finally cave as the governor’s influence vanishes beyond the horizon?

COWARDLY ACT: The lawyers who kept their client privilege may have thought they were being courageous but they were being cowardly when they consigned Alton Logan to prison for a crime he did not commit. While we can all appreciate their dilemma, they could have found a creative way out of it, even if it meant losing their law licenses. A man’s life ought to come first.