If the Cubs don’t repeat as National League Central Division champs, it won’t be because the city doesn’t help.
The City Council did its part Wednesday by making a one-time exception to the ban on Friday and Saturday night games at Wrigley Field.
That will allow Cubs players to get a few more hours of sleep on Thursday night after wrapping up a four-game series in Pittsburgh with a night game against the Pirates.
The first-ever Friday night game played at Wrigley during the regular season will be played this week against the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers, who are off on Thursday, have voiced their displeasure with the scheduling change.
The game has playoff implications because the pesky Brewers remain 3.5 games behind the first-place Cubs in a mediocre division that nobody seems to want to win.
“It really has been a challenge to Cubs teams throughout the years when returning from the road after a night game on the road to play a day game at home,” Mike Lufrano, vice president of community relations and legal counsel for the Cubs, told the License Committee earlier Wednesday.
“Fundamentally, we believe wins and losses should be determined in the field—not because of scheduling restrictions.”
Local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) added: “I am in support of it and I wish the Cubs good luck and a good post-season, hopefully.”
Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney has gone toe-to-toe with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on a host of issues tied to the team’s plan to renovate Wrigley Field and develop the land around it.
He has also squared off with the mayor on security issues and the team’s repeatedly rejected request that the city close Addison and Clark on game days.