During the MLB Network broadcast of the Boston Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game on Thursday night, analyst John Smoltz wondered aloud why the upcoming matchup between the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park took so long in happening.
Funny, I was wondering the same thing myself.
On Friday night, the Red Sox and Cubs will play at Fenway for the first time since the 1918 World Series, a span of 93 years. Even though interleague play began in 1997, the two teams have only faced each other once, back in 2005 at Wrigley Field.
The upcoming series, which has become the hottest ticket in town, will also feature the teams wearing throwback uniforms on Saturday, reflecting the uniforms worn during the 1918 World Series, when Babe Ruth won two games for the Sox and posted an ERA of 1.06.
Jon Lester will go against Doug Davis in the opener on Friday night, with MLB Network once again providing national coverage.
There has never been an official explanation from Major League Baseball as to why the schedule-makers never deemed a Red Sox-Cubs matchup as of much importance in the past, but the media is absolutely eating it up.
MLB Network carries tonight’s game, FOX carries the Saturday game, and ESPN will broadcast the Sunday finale as their weekly national telecast.
If the media deemed it that important, why didn’t MLB?