Thomas M. Tunney

Friday night lights come to Wrigley Field, and the neighborhood survives

Friday night lights come to Wrigley Field, and the neighborhood survives

Friday night baseball made its regular-season debut at Wrigley Field 29 years after the installation of lights, a day many thought never would come.

In spite of concerns the night game would affect the neighborhood businesses, nearby bars and restaurants seemingly were doing brisk business before the Cubs 2-0 loss to the Brewers, and Wrigleyville still was standing afterward.

"They invented lights for a reason," manager Joe Maddon said. "God invented lights for night baseball. That was part of his overarching plan."

Theologians can debate that Maddonism, while the rest of those who work at Wrigley can simply enjoy the extra Z's.

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