So, this morning, during breakfast, my son and I are watching the baseball highlights from last night on Quick Pitch. And, they were showing the Cubs game.
As we are viewing it, he says that Wrigley Field looks nice.
To this, I tell him that they mostly play day games there, and, until somewhat recently, they used to play only day games at Wrigley.
He was surprised to learn this – and it makes sense that it’s news to him since he’s only 8-years old.
Seeing his reaction, I told him that night games were not always played. I explained that they started, for the most part, when Grandpa (my father) was a young boy. And, that back when Babe Ruth played, all the games were played during the day.
His eyes got wide when I told him this and he said “That’s cool. I wish it was like that now. You know how I can’t stay up and watch the end of the game now? I would never miss a game if they were all played during the day.”
When he said that, I then explained to him that it would not be as nice as he thought since the games were played when people were in school or at work.
His answer? “That’s O.K. – because I could still watch the replay.”
As you can see, we were not done here yet. After his comment, I then explained that there were no games on T.V. on a regular basis back then – and that having them televised, on a regular basis, is something that’s only like 50 years old. “Back when they played all the game during the day,” I told him, “the only way people found out about the game was listening on the radio or reading about it in the newspaper.”
“Yeah, but, I could still get the scores on my iPod” was his answer to my information.
At this point, all I could do was laugh.