We are nine days away from the start of the 2020 baseball season and one of the questions Andi Cruz Vanecek and I have discussed recently on Cuppa Cubbie Blue was why aren’t the Cubs televising their practice games on Marquee Sports Network? After all, it’s a network built around Cubs programming and the fan base is pretty starved for baseball. Plus, the Yankees and other teams with their own network have been televising team practices, so why not the Cubs?
Well, the wait is over. Tonight’s practice game will be on Marquee Sports Network at 6 p.m. CT:
Cubs baseball is back tonight! pic.twitter.com/S7R088iPJd— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) July 14, 2020
I’d honestly forgotten how much joy I get just knowing I can look forward to Cubs baseball at the end of the day before seeing that tweet.
Admittedly, Marquee Sports Network is still working out a deal with Comcast, so not all Cubs fans in the Chicagoland area will get to see the first live action from Wrigley Field since last September. Whether you can watch the the game or just want to follow the play by play and stories in the comments we’ll be celebrating the return of Cubs baseball the way we celebrate all Cubs games on Bleed Cubbie Blue: with a game thread that will open at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Note: This game is NOT likely on MLB.TV — so it’ll probably only be available for cable/satellite subscribers in the Cubs market territory who have access to Marquee.
It’s unclear when we’ll get lineup information and the like, so the game thread may look a bit different than normal, but I’ll take it. It will still be a place for us to gather and chat about the real Cubs as they face off at Wrigley Field.