Listening to Lou talk about giving his regulars more rest this year is just another reminder of what must be the biggest home-field disadvantage in big-league sports. Twenty years after turning on the lights at Wrigley Field, how about using them a little more than once in awhile?
The Cubs play just 26 night games at home this year, with three stretches of at least five straight day games and another six stretches of four straight -- counting road games that run into either side of those stretches, it's seven streaks of four or more and at one point there's a seven-game run.
I know it's an old, tired argument to a lot of people, but with the 100-year anniversary of the Cubs' last championship at the doorstep and the expectations on the North Side as high as they've been in years, isn't it time to find a way to even the day-night playing field for the Cubs?
Double the number of night games. Do what Oakland typically does -- day games both Saturday and Sunday and then on the occasional getaway day during the week.
This is one of those cases where it really is legitimate to say, ``Everybody else does it, so we should, too.'' Visiting teams get to come into Chicago, endure two or three day games and move onto the next city and catch up on their sleep -- while the Cubs grind through the early wakeup calls for another series then often hit the road grind.
It's not impossible to overcome, and there are worse injustices and imbalances in the game. But this is an unecessary competitive disadvantage that has endured for too long.
You can bet that whoever winds up buying the team is going to apply a lot of pressure to get it changed. But it shouldn't take a new owner. And the change should be made now.