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FOUL BALL
Henry Hecht
August 27, 1984
To the owners who want to avoid refunding money to the networks by installing temporary lights in Wrigley Field if the Cubs win the National League East:
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August 27, 1984

Foul Ball

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To the owners who want to avoid refunding money to the networks by installing temporary lights in Wrigley Field if the Cubs win the National League East:

Your lack of regard for tradition is exceeded only by your greed, you varlets.

To the owners who would move the games to Comiskey Park or Milwaukee County Stadium:

That's the biggest travesty since the Dodgers were hijacked to L.A.

I have, grudgingly, accepted night baseball for the playoffs and Series. The purist in me says "Boo!" while the realist understands that tens of millions of people can't watch the games during weekdays. But there are owners who can't stand the thought of returning money to the networks—perhaps $700,000 per team—as compensation for the ratings drop that is inevitable if the Cubs make their first trip to the playoffs.

"You're talking big money," one owner said last week, "but I just don't think it's right to interfere with the basic lore and the basic mystique of the Cubs. It's something we shouldn't tamper with."

May the sun always shine on the ivy and bricks of Wrigley Field.

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