BRADENTON, Fla. — Last night was supposed to mark the first night game in the 85-year history of McKechnie Field. But the game was washed out by a line of lightning storms and a tornado watch.
The evening was eerily similar to circumstances we’ve all experienced the past few years at PNC Park. The grounds crew rolled the tarp over the field during batting practice, when radar showed the storm was still miles away. The first pitch was supposed to be thrown at 7:05 p.m., but we were in a “rain” delay, even though there wasn’t a drop of rain falling. The game was on hold, but the concession stands were open. After nearly an hour’s wait, they shot of what was supposed to be a post-game fireworks display, pacifying the crowd. Finally, the storm arrived and everybody went home.
The only thing missing was a bobbleheads giveaway.