It is unfortunate that the anniversary fell during a Senate recess, however.
One of the great speeches in congressional history came when Durbin, then a House member, opined about baseball back in the summer of 1989. The subject of the speech was the push to replace wooden bats in Major League Baseball with their aluminum counterparts — a rules change that never saw the light of day.
But Durbin also voiced his disdain for the idea of night games at the historic ballpark on the north side of Chicago. Durbin put the installation of lights at Wrigley Field on a list of “countless indignities,” including “plastic grass” and the American League’s designated hitter rule.
Durbin called the Wrigley Field lights, which allowed night games starting in 1988, “the most heinous sacrilege” in the sport. Of course, that was long before the introduction of interleague play. Video of the full speech appears below:
Niels Lesniewski has covered the Senate for CQ Roll Call since January 2010, and more recently as a staff writer and resident procedure guru for Roll Call. Niels holds degrees in both government and theater but sometimes can't tell the difference between the two. @nielslesniewski
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