Pirates vs Detroit Tigers 6/23 and 6/24 PNC Park
The Pirates won the first game of the series, but there were still two games to be played.
First off a congratulations to Tigers starter Max Scherzer. His brother had committed suicide just two days prior to his start. He did not want to make the start against the Pirates, but his parents told him they wanted something to smile at so he pitched. What a courageous move and it makes me respect him so much more than I already did. I don’t think I would have been able to emotionally cast that aside and make the start given the same circumstances.
Saturday was a tough day. I had already been to the NHL Draft and was very pleased with my experience (more on that in another entry).
The gates were an issue. It ended up that the Clemente Gate was operating like it was a Sunday. The gate should have opened at 1:30 to let us in at 2 PM. Sunday gate times are ridiculous and now we had to essentially endure two Sundays in a row.
Well I decided to blow off some steam on the Clemente Bridge and throw once more.
I knew there would BP, but it was 2:00 and the Pirates were already done with their BP so any of those easter eggs were already pocketed.
Only thing I could do is play for Prince Fielder who absolutely rakes during BP. Have to say I was a Fielder fan when he was on the Brewers because of this and this only. Unfortunately nothing happened for me and to boot, there were kids in the outfield so no toss ups.
When the gates opened, I ran to the first baseline as I knew there were two groups of Tigers still throwing.
There were no easter eggs, but I got there just in time for a ball that rolled right to where I stood. I saw a Tiger coming over but knew I needed to avoid a very possible shutout at all costs. I placed the ball in the glove for ball #1. Phew. As I brought it up, I gave it a quick look, and then still in the glove passed it to the Tiger.
30 seconds later, the second Tigers reliever Luis Marte saw me as the only person over with a glove and an easy toss up later I had ball #2.
I would get a third ball in BP although I forget how to be honest, I just know I got it. You will have to take my word for it.
That would be it for Tigers BP.
I then made my way to the bullpen and forsome reason with the whole 4:05 deal Euclides Rojas and Herbie Andrade were already in there.
I had asked Euclides Rojas to sign my glove Thursday but neither of us had a Sharpie. We had already said ours hellos today and I looked down and saw he had a Sharpie. I then looked down and somehow he remembered and we made eye contact. He motioned down for me to toss the glove and tossed it back up an easy catch.
I was in for a surprise though.
That was not the biggest surprise though.
On this night it was a now clean shaven Brad Lincoln vs Scherzer.
The Pirates were able to get this win and take the series. Still there was one game to be played.
There was day 2 of Rojas and Rojas by the way, although the Tigers Rojas was blocked from my view.
Lastly, every Saturday Pirates Charities does a raffle selling 1 ticket for $2 and 3 for $5. You can try to win various items with the money going entire to Pirates Charities.
I got permission from Pirates Charities, most of the people I know to take some pictures. Here is one item.
Finally, some golf balls with the World Series logo and signed by Rocco Mediate. I got permission to take a golf ball out and take the photo.
Lastly, thing #2 that disgusts me about PNC Park. Let’s give it to the music at PNC Park. Literally every single day it is the exact same music being played outside the stadium. Then inside the stadium it is the same thing. I want to hear some diversity and it just gets on all of our nerves. I know season ticket holders always are talking about wishing the music was different and it truly annoys us all.
I think I have learned my lesson with Sunday games. There was a Pitch for Hope event that ended a little after 10. Pirates would not have to take BP until 11:15 and Saturday’s game ended at 7:04 PM so the option to take BP was possible but of course not.
So we were stuck until 12:00 when all of the gates were open.
With the Tigers not taking BP, it quickly became a borefest. It would be harder than ever just to get one baseball.
I won’t even discuss how there were two balls in play and I stood back to separate myself only to see kids get the balls.
Yeah I was really only there to support my college Point Park University. Their baseball team made it to their division’s World Series and it was a big deal for them. They were invited by Pirates President Frank Coonelly to be recognized on the field.
It honestly was a miracle I even got these pictures because the bullpen was crowded. Why? This guy was starting.
It was very hard to get pictures but I tried to get Kevin Correia vs Verlander.
All good things must come to an end and with this being the series finale, that meant goodbye Rojas and Rojas.
Here was the Pirates starting lineup:
After the game started, Rojas saw me and tossed up ball #1. Streak still alive but barely. I hate Sunday games.
Speaking of hated things, time to hit on thing #3 that disgusts me about PNC Park.
This time it’s the grounds crew. Cocky attitudes and being ridiculous in unnecessary circumstances warrents this award. Rain that ruins BP only to have it stop and have them do nothing but say “no bp”. Refer to other’s blogs on what all they do, I really don’t need to go into it.
As for the Pirates, they were in it against Verlander but fell short 3-2 in the end to lose the game.
The Pirates come back from a week long road trip Monday against the Houston Astros and that is when I plan on being back as well.