City Series During The Week ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’

CHICAGO (CBS) The White Sox and Cubs played in front of a crowd of roughly 36,000 on Monday night as the North Siders got big games from Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena in a 6-3 victory in the first game of the 2011 series.

“It was a big crowd, and for us, we don’t sell out here like that all the time,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. “So it definitely has a different vibe to it.”

This is traditionally a series that draws big crowds and plenty of attention. However, there is a sense that interest and excitement might down this year, and the scheduling of the games at U.S. Cellular Field isn’t helping much.

“The Monday thing just doesn’t make sense for the Cubs and Sox,” Konerko said. “But it is what it is.”

For what it’s worth, when the series shifts to Wrigley Field at the beginning of July, it will take place from Friday to Sunday.


    A few factors why this is a weekday series. Originally, I also wondered why it’s not a weekender:
    Test market (can we fill these seats on M,T,W?)
    It might be an increase at Comiskey for M,T,W, games.
    Increase division play on the weekends.
    Also, an attempt to cut down on the alcohol-fueled tensions in the stands that a weekend series can bring.

  • Philip Skonieczny

    The whole world doesn’t have a Monday through Friday shift. I’m off on Monday’s and Tuesdays. This works out for me just fine.

    • Glenn Lind

      It makes perfect sense for the White Sox. Traditionally weekend attendance is higher on weekend than weekdays (regardless of the opponent), by having this series M-W it gives the Sox an attendace boost. The fact it was not a sell out is somewhat suprising.

  • Rick Williams

    I wish the Sox played more day games in general so I could take the kids when they are off of school. I hate having to drive thru rush hour traffic 2 hrs to get to the park from the NW suburbs, Darn 7pm start, move it back to 7:35 like it use to be so people can get there! Games are over on time now since Fisk has been gone. I’d rather plan a day off and go with some sunshine!

    I hate the fact that this series is early in the week and at night, what a buzz kill.

  • Dan Rakow

    I am pleased with TV Stations in Champaign,IL,Peoria,IL,South Bend,IN and Davenport,IA are now playing White Sox and Cubs Baseball Games when they are being televised by WCIU-TV.
    Now we need Major League Baseball to have TV Stations in Rockford,IL,Cedar Rapids,IA,Fort Wayne,IN and Indianapolis,IN to play Chicago Baseball Games both White Sox and Cubs when they are being televised by WCIU-TV.
    I am very happy that Games on WCIU-TV are being produced by WGN Sports.

  • JeanSC

    Who said this series during the week “doesn’t make sense”? I see no attribution for this quotation. I’d like to hear that person’s justification. As others know, no matter when you schedule a baseball game, there are always people who’d like to attend but can’t because they have to work. It doesn’t necessarily matter that these are both Chicago teams. If we want to carry the schedule-conflict argument to the extreme, there would be no games scheduled during the day Monday through Friday, because most jobs have the same schedule. Yet, these games are well-enough attended; before lights were installed at Wrigley, there were no night games there. The MLB schedule is a complex operation involving many teams, travel – and the need to leave enough days open for make-up games required by rainouts. I will not criticize the scheduling.

  • GO Southside

    36K to watch CUBS/SOX game, when the usual draw is in the high 50’s on the weekend. Its all about the CASH. CASH is KING for all of these clubs. That is why it didn’t make sense to do this match up during the week, it wouldn’t make sense for other teams with high Marque recongnition to play at the begining of the week. Schedule schmidule MLB Would of allowed to move them around. It is also for their interest. Just get rid of inter-league play if it is going to cause big scheduling conflicts.

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