This is a story often told by Rick Sutcliffe. It isn’t true. Here’s what really happened.
Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who has worked for many years as a broadcaster for both the Padres and ESPN, often talks baseball to various groups as a featured speaker. Having heard him speak, I can tell you he’s a good storyteller.
Inevitably, the 1984 Cubs, for whom Sutcliffe starred with a 16-1 W/L record (back when pitcher wins still meant something), a 2.69 ERA, 1.073 WHIP and 6.0 fWAR, will come up as a topic of Rick’s conversation. And that’s when he’ll tell you that the Cubs were at a disadvantage because Major League Baseball took away a home date from the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, forcing them to play three games in San Diego.
Usually, Rick’s listeners nod knowingly and repeat this story, to the point where it’s become an article of faith among some Cubs fans. “MLB stole our home field!” people have said, and continue to say. “And that’s why the Cubs lost!”
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue