Is postseason day baseball dead?

Why aren’t any of the postseason games at Wrigley Field day games? Because the suits at Major League Baseball and the TV networks are greedy bastards. In the words of sportswriter Ryan Fagan:

… it’s known start times are heavily influenced (OK, controlled) by TV networks, and TV networks love prime-time contests. But they’re missing a wonderful opportunity to give a nod toward nostalgia, and how great of a hook would this be? They could sell this, folks.

Saturday’s Game 4 would have been the perfect fit. It’s a weekend, which means the typical 9-to-5 routines of the work week don’t apply to most would-be viewers. And the way the primary competition for sports eyeballs — college football on Saturday — is set up, with flexible start times, most of the best games are in the evening anyway. 

As Fagan notes, the Cubs didn’t play their first night game at the Friendly Confines until August 6, 1988. By way of comparison, the White Sox, the other baseball team in Chicago, installed lights at the original Comiskey Park in 1939.

Welcome to the Friendly Confines.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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3 Responses to Is postseason day baseball dead?

  1. Craig says:

    I was in third grade when the Pirates were in the 1960 World Series. The Pirates hadn’t been in the World Series since 1927. The school principal woMuld announce scores over the classroom loudspeakers during the school day. Day baseball is silly if schoolchildren and parents can’t attend.

  2. CHC says:

    Can’t very well cancel classes for school-kids in a 50-mile radius! Also my dad had to work, so even if I had the day off, I would still be listening to it on the radio. Day baseball on Sunday has evolved and it seems right.

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