The "Night Stalker" and the long haul
Once upon a sunny dog-day dreary I pondered weak and weary over a Cubbie-related queary... Can it be as simple as" It's the day games stupid " !
Mike Royko wrote "It's not the damn Billy Goat" that was responsible for so many years of losing but cheap, stupid, rascist-like policies of the chewing-gum magnate.
You would think 101 years would have at least produced one series victory. 1908 is a long-ass time ago Virginia ! Santa aint around to teach Soriano how to field or Bradley how to...field and hit and count.
Could it be the park ? Wrigley is what it is. Our shrine to afternoons and cutting classes ,frosty malts, old style , left field sucking or was it right field sucking and occassionally baseball that is worth watching.
Unfortunately look around at the new-old parks in Philly, Pittsburgh, San Diego etc...see how beautiful they are, how close you are and just imagine how nice the clubhouse is for the players.
Could it be the day games ? If Harden is affected by it how many others are in ways that can't be quantified ? I have sat near the dugout in the sun and at night and can tell you there is a big difference. it's hard work hefting the beer cup and cold hot dog just imagine playing. Can it really be that simple ? Don't you think that 81 games the majority in the sun and heat can add up at season's end ? Is there a difference with the wind speed and direction at night ? If every other team is playing mostly at night or indoors and we are not could it really be one of the big factors in the 101 year drought?
I was reminded of that last year on Sep 20th when my family rested their arms on the brick wall decked out in Cubbie Blue getting sprayed by Champagne -wielding Mark DeRosa watching our team celebrate like it was the world series instead of only a stinking Division crown. How beautiful the day was with bright blue sky.How horrible the playoffs against the Dodgers.
Could it be that simple that the last team to go to lights and occassional night games just needs more of them ? I know it's a tired old argument but one I think needs revisiting. Kurt are ther any stats to show wind speed and direction during the day and at night ? Should I just delete the previous rambling diatribe and continue to watch and wait and wonder and worry and watch and wait and wait......