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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 07 March 2008 07:46
McKechnie FieldIt may not be Wrigley Field, or a major league ballpark, but a bit of history is coming to MLB when the lights go on, and day-only games are gone at McKechnie Field, the Pirates spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Located in Bradenton, Florida, the town has hosted spring training since 1923, but this Friday, the lights will come on, and an end of an era will close. As reported by The AP:

This is all new. We don’t know what to do,” said former Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve, a spring training instructor and a frequent Bradenton visitor. “The people are going to go to dinner first, then go to the game, as opposed to the game first and then dinner. The early bird special is going to be all out of whack.”

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Because of the historic occasion, shortstop Jack Wilson—the team’s most tenured player with eight seasons in a Pirates uniform—plans to ask manager John Russell to let him play in the night game rather than the day game.

“It’s definitely going to feel weird at first,” Wilson said. “But I think it’s nice. It’s great for the city… I want to play in it. I’d sleep in, have the day, then play.”

McKechnie Field has been the last holdout for lighted games. The last stadium before McKechnie was when Wrigley Field went to lights in 1988. 


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