If this is the year the Chicago Cubs capture the World Series, a team known for its long tradition of day games will be a fixture of prime time.
For many reasons, that is as it should be. There is natural interest in a franchise that has not won a World Series since 1908 but was the best team in baseball this season.
They have candidates for the Most Valuable Player Award in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, and Cy Young Award hopefuls in Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. They have a smart, eccentric and telegenic manager in Joe Maddon. And they have Wrigley Field, their wonderful relic of a ballpark, which emanates as much historic charm as Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, who broke their 86-year World Series title drought in 2004.
And Major League Baseball is capitalizing on the undeniable lust for watching the Cubs’ quest to win the World Series.