PNC Park-just as beautiful in December

The bustling winds, fluffy white snow and bone chilling temperatures do not scream baseball. However, for my brother, Zach and I, a trip to PNC Park was just what we needed to cure our national pastime blues. 

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Just last week I pulled the trigger on a 20 game package for the 2011 season. For just $140 dollars I will be able to see 20 Pirate games in pretty darn good seats. 
We were allowed to go to the park last Saturday because of a special Christmas event for season ticket holders.
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Notice in the picture to the right I am not wearing that fresh Pirate jacket. This is the first picture we took in the day as we entered the park. The event was a shopping blow out sale for season ticket holders. Many items were available for purchase at heavily discounted prices. After a lot of shopping for others at this special holiday time, I splurged on myself for the jacket at a mere $40 bucks (it usually sells for $99). 
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We were greeted in the Pirate locker room by Santa Pirate Parrot! If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, he is definitely the best mascot in all of sports, put a Santa costume on him and he becomes the most festive mascot in all of sports. The Pirates locker room is the second largest clubhouse in all of Major League Baseball, fun fact for ya. It is behind just the New York Yankees. 
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Another ballpark mainstay graced us with his presence. Joe Klimchak, game day host at PNC Park and regular on Pirate commercials was there spreading cheers of Christmas and baseball. We all shared a productive conversation with topics ranging from gift ideas to new manager Clint Hurdle and from the current core of players to my own career aspirations. He is a guy that would be great to have a beer with.
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Now the Parrot and Joe are great. The Peaslee brothers must be great as well because the Parrot took a liking to us as you can see. Well, Kent Tekulve, famed Bucco pitcher from the 70′s was also there reminiscing about the golden age of Pittsburgh baseball. You can see in the background banners from the 1971 and 1979 World Series Championships, “Teke” was a part of those teams. He was also festive in his Christmas sweater.
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We were able to troll around the locker room and yep, we had a good time.
Some of the items up for sale, including our new jackets, were Pedro Alvarez T-shirts (he is changing his number from 17 to 24, so that may have been a driving force behind the price drop), other jackets, hoodies, Fatheads and many game used items. We also picked up dugout lineup cards from various games we attended. The cards are simple items but add to our priceless collection of baseball goods. Bats, jerseys, bases and balls were also there, including, for some odd reason, a Lastings Milledge autographed baseball for a mere $100 dollars. In all honesty, a ridiculous price, but nonetheless it took everything in my power to withhold buying it to honor a fallen comrade. 

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On our way out we were able to give well wishes to Hurdle on a dry erase board sitting outside his office. It may have offended some but I told him how I truly feel. My message read: “Go Bucs and goodl luck Clint from all your friends at West Virginia University!” 
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The time came to bid adieu to PNC Park but with only about 100 days left until opening day, we knew that before we know it, the day will come. The glorious sport of baseball will again be upon us and a rebirth of a season will come. 

7 Comments

I love that you went to the ballpark in the wintery weather! What a perfect way to keep the baseball spirit alive during the off-season. I’m envious.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

first welcome to the sth family always nice to know there are people crazy like me to go to this many games a year. also that milledge ball for $100 puzzled me too.
section316.mlblogs.com

What a fantastic event! I would be giddy too if I got to take pictures sitting in my teams’ locker room and take home actual game day line up cards. And I love the photo of you and your brother in the stands at the end – the snow on the field makes it perfect – looking like two diehard fans waiting right there until the season starts.
-Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

That’s a good deal on the tix actually! Sweet! Maybe I should turn my allegiances to the Buccos… well, on second thought… I’d love to experience what you had there in the clubhouse. Very cool and very impressive.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com/

Wow! 20 games for $140, that’s a great deal. And nice pics too
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
I was grinning from ear to ear reading your post! What a great experience! The clubhouse was not part of a Christmas tour for season ticket holders we had a couple of years back but we did have Tommy Lasorda dressed as Santa and Vin Scully made an appearance. . Wish they would bring that event back.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Matt – I’ve said this to many others this season: You’re living the dream! Congrats on the season tickets and that event looked mighty cool!

Even more special to look forward to in 100 days: CLINT HURDLE.

Have a great Christmas! Enjoy the 20-game pack!

- Randy
http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

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