David Ortiz says that the Cubs might win a World Series if they start playing less day games
The Cubs' World Series drought is well documented. They haven't won a championship since 1908, and they've been the poster boys for mediocrity.
David Ortiz thinks he has a solution
to their problems.
"Through the years I've talked to a lot of friends of mine that have played for the Cubs. The one thing that everyone talked about was the schedule in Chicago. They get excited walking into a city that's based on baseball, but once they start dealing with the schedule it kind of mentally wears you down."
Could it really be that simple? Could the Cubs' notoriously day game-loaded schedule be the thing that has been holding them back all these years?
"Believe it or not that's one of the biggest issues for that organization to become a winning ballclub. When you come down to the Cubs' schedule it's a game-changer, believe it or not. They play so many day games at home and then they have to travel to another city and adjust themselves to the night games. If the rest of the league had the same schedule that you have it's fine. But once you play day games for about a week and next thing you know you have to go into a city and play night games, then the next thing you know you have to go to the West Coast and adjust to the time there, then you have to come back home and start playing day games, it's too hard for baseball (players)."
It actually makes some sense. I can certainly see how it would be particularly grinding to rotate starting times between noon, 1:20 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (all central time) on a consistent basis.
Sure, other teams have to play at those times occasionally, but the Cubs play more day games than any other team in the league, by far. It might make a little sense that the annoyingly erratic schedule might play some role in their lack of success.
Is it the only reason? Most definitely not. But maybe Ortiz is on to something.