Thursday, July 8, 2010
Before we got to PNC, we were able to meet my Uncle Elmer and Aunt Syl for lunch at an Eat And Park in Etna, which is a town right outside of Pittsburgh. My grandparents lived in Etna and many a time I made the trip with my family to Etna as my mom would have the family visit her parents.
After a good lunch, Uncle Elmer was kind enough to show us the view from Mount Washington, which overlooks Pittsburgh and now is a place for very trendy restaurants. I had told my Uncle Elmer that I hadn't been there before, but now looking at the pictures, like the one showed, I am pretty sure I was taken there when I was young.
Basically my uncle got us onto an elite celebration at Governor's Island in the early 90's on July 4th for the Tall Ships, despite not having tickets for it, due to the fact that he hooked up with one of the supervisors who happened to be from Pittsburgh. We had great food, champagne and met Walter Cronkite, the master of ceremonies for the event. Mr. Cronkite just happened to be walking around by himself later that day when we saw him. My uncle, who could never be accused of being shy, walked up to him and ended up talking with us for several minutes. I took a picture of my Uncle Elmer with Walter Cronkite, and he still has the picture. Walter Cronkite was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
PNC Park River Walk. The Allegheny River walk runs from PNC Park all the way to the Carnegie Mellon Science Museum. And we did the entire walk.
It's what really sets PNC Park apart from most other baseball stadiums. People can drive up with their boats, park and take in the game (if they have a ticket of course). Heinz Field is right along the walk as well. It's a picturesque with the river, the view of downtown Pittsburgh, PNC Park, the science museum etc etc.
As for the game itself, when we walked in to the park we were each given a black box with a P on it. Cool, a giveaway night. After we got our food and got to our seats, we opened up the boxes to find we got Pirates Collectible Cereal Bowls. And we're not talking plastic crap . These were ceramic and really nice. Sweet. What we also noticed when we got to our seats was a sea of red. Phillies red. A lot of Phillies' fans made the trip from Philly to Pittsburgh and outnumbered the home folks.
We were treated to a very unexpected pitchers duel as Ohlendorf and Moyer traded goose eggs for the first three and a half innings. Then in the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates scratched out two runs on three singles, two of the infield kind, a walk and a throwing error by Moyer.
Fireworks shot up in the air as the minority Pirates fans celebrated a rare win. We walked out of the ballpark with mostly dejected Phillies fans as we made our way back to my car. And we headed out on the highway to our overnight stay in Toledo, our halfway point to Detroit for the Tigers game on Saturday. Once again, I said goodbye to my second home, Pittsburgh PA, knowing that I will visit it again hopefully next season.
Posted by Gary Moore at 7:11 PM