The Nationals' June 29 series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field has been bumped up to avoid a conflict with the nearby Chicago Pride Parade, creating a rare, scheduled doubleheader between the two clubs on June 28 and an even-rarer Sunday off.
The four-game series originally was scheduled to run June 26-29, with afternoon games on both Saturday and Sunday. But at the request of local politicians who feared major traffic congestion with a ballgame and parade taking place simultaneously, the Cubs agreed to move the Sunday game up to Saturday night, creating a doubleheader in the process. The opener will begin at 12:05 p.m. CDT, with the nightcap starting at 6:05 p.m. CDT.
This will be the first scheduled doubleheader at Wrigley Field since 1983, according to CSN Chicago.
It also leaves both the Nationals and Cubs with an incredibly rare Sunday away from the ballpark, something that typically would only happen as a result of a rainout.