The Struggles of the Cubs Continues Another Year
The abundance of day games the Cubs play in a season has been a topic discussed in baseball for the last several years. While most MLB teams play between 55-60 night games a year, the Cubs have only 38 night games scheduled for the 2014 season, which by the way is still the most in their franchise history.
Now the questions arise. How do more day games cause a team to be so terribly incompetent for such a long time? Why are these day games happening so often? Will the Cubs ever be able to increase the number of night games to the point of equalizing with the rest of the Major Leagues if they stay in Wrigley?
The inconsistent blend of day & night games is certainly not the reason why the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 106 years, but you lose an edge when you are playing teams who are use to a routine of night games at 7:00 local time while you’re battling the sun & cloudy skies everyday trying to find the ball.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago shares David Ortiz’ thoughts on why he believes the day games may be ‘to blame’.
“That’s what most baseball teams do (play night games), they play 55, 58, 60 night games a year, and the players get into a routine. The Cubs are limited by the city of Chicago with Wrigley being in a neighborhood, and the neighbors want to go to bed, limiting the number of games the Cubs play under the lights,” Rogers said of Ortiz’ comments.
The main issue here is the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley. The Cubs have been trying to renovate Wrigley for the past few years but have always been denied because of political issues.
Rogers mentions how he thinks the fans would react, “The average Cub fan wants anything that is best for their beloved team & can get them to their long-awaited World Series title.”
If this problem persists for several more years, Cub fans, who don’t live in Wrigley’s neighborhood of course, should expect nothing more than an increase in frustration.