After an additional week to shore things up given how tenuous this all feels, MLB is set to finally release its new 60-game schedule for the 2020 season tonight on a 5pm CT special on MLB Network.
As we know, the schedule will feature 40 games against your division, and then 20 games against the corresponding division in the other league. For the Cubs, that’ll mean 10 games each against the Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates, and then 20 games divided up among the White Sox, Indians, Twins, Royals, and Tigers.
The Cubs opener, per Sahadev Sharma, is gonna be fun:
I'm hearing the Cubs will open their 60-game season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) July 6, 2020
That could really mean either ballpark, but in think context, I’ll presume “home” means Wrigley Field winky-face-dot-emoji-dot-gov.
It’s still the case that fans are highly unlikely to be at Wrigley Field for the opener, even as the Cubs would like to find a way to make it happen. The rooftops, however, are expected to be open at limited capacity, so there will be SOME fans there.
It will be crazy intense right out of the gate, assuming things can get under way on that date, July 24. That’s just two and a half weeks at this point, and I sure would love to see the Cubs stomp the Brewers are Wrigley Field to kick off the season.
UPDATE: And it will be on ESPN:
So good news for Cubs fans outside the market. The opener will be on ESPN on July 24. (6 pm CT)
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) July 6, 2020
That’s good news outside of the Chicago market, but will mean locally, the game will be blacked out on ESPN, and Marquee will be the only way to watch. All the more reason to hope they can get a deal done with Comcast before Opening Day.