I have always enjoyed a good baseball game. I was never a devote follower or a true loyal fan to one team I just loved to be around the excitement, the commitment, the ballpark foods, smells, and sounds.
A good old American Ball Game has never been as fun as it has been since becoming Pittsburgh Pirates “Buccos” fan! Michael is a die-hard, in fact growing up just right outside of Pittsburgh- his entire family is. Learning the game, the players, and how to develop opinions on a sports team has been a really great way for us to share in one of Michael’s true loves and hobbies. He is a know-it-all too 😉 So I am lucky to have an incredible teacher.
It would have been that I should be a huge sports fan, had my father not passed when I was 11. He was the kind of dad where the entire family proudly wore Cowboys (or whatever sport was in season) gear from head to toe and there was little-to-no talking when a game was on (unless it was yelling or cheering of course). I was the quintessential Daddy’s-girl. I would follow that man anywhere in a baseball cap and a ratty ponytail just hoping to please him. After he passed, sports fell to the wayside– and so it is not that I grew up not enjoying sports- but I had no connection because I had little understanding. My teacher was gone.
Tonight we will go to possibly our 10th game of the year? We are so lucky to be a ride down the “Incline” and walk across a bridge (well- TWO) and just 30 minutes later we arrive at PNC park where one will find one of the most breath-taking views past the outfield that a ball park has to offer. PNC has an incredible pre-game. Most tailgates require parking lots packed full of cars that are packed full with coolers and tables and all your pre-game supplies. Instead here in Pittsburgh the city closes federal street and just for a few hours allows all the fans to flood in front their beloved stadium and Roberto Clemente Statue and enjoy a few pre-game brews. The federal street “Block Party” is one of my favorite Pittsburgh perks.
Tonight I will put on my brand new “Gregory Polanco #25” t-shirt that my Fiance bought me to satisfy my love of the new player. Meet his wonderful parents for a Pittsburgh Downtown dinner at one of many amazing restaurants that our city has to offer. Then we will walk across the Clemente bridge to our favorite block party at our favorite stadium and happily cheer : “LETS GO BUCS!” and pray for another sweep!