No matter the Pittsburgh Pirates' win/loss record, it is a beautiful stadium for a Sunday afternoon ballgame. Pack up your kids and let's hit the city...
We're going to take you to Family Day at the ball park. Sign the waiver, get your hand stamped and lets get some balloon swords and race on an inflatable obstacle coarse. If you have time you can jump in the bounce house, get an autograph or get your face painted for the big game. Oh, by the way...it's all free. They shut down an whole street for us. Yep, that's how we roll in Pittsburgh. (Oh, and the guy in the dark gray t-shirt behind the kids and his wife are drinking giant "pounders" of Iron City beer holding their kid on a leash. They tried to make the sister lead him through the obstacle course while on the leash, but the operators made them remove it. No kidding.)
Now, let's go in and get our replica batting helmets as a souvenir. Family day is a great day for a giveaway at the door, and really, who couldn't use an extra replica batting helmet (or three)?
Pose for a picture on the ramp up to your seats or mom will make the rest of your afternoon miserable:
Let's sit down and begin eating everything in sight. For the kids it's nachos, hot dogs, hot pretzels, and cotton candy. For the adults, it's Primanti Brothers sandwiches filled with french fries and coleslaw. Listen for the vendors who work every game, "Coors Light!", "Ice cold Bud Lite here!" and "I'm a lady!" (he's really saying "lemonade here" but it really does sound like "I'm a lady!" You will laugh, trust me.)
Watch a little ball, then all of a sudden...what is that? It looks like giant pierogies, and they're running...as if they're racing...
Yes, only in Pittsburgh can you see potato filled pasta race each other. Lean over as they pass to slap them high five for a race well run. Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hanna, Cheese Chester, and Sauerkraut Sol are celebrities around here:
If you have a loud mom, have her yell "I love you, Hanna!" and she will turn around and wave to you.
Watch a little more ball then look for the pirate to begin shooting hot dogs into the stands. Wave your arms and scream! Here comes one!
Alright, we're full and tired and ready to head home. Follow dad on out the gate:
Pose for a final picture with Pittsburgh legend, Roberto Clemente
And head on over the Roberto Clemente bridge back over to the city. They closed it just for you to walk on, you know. Only the best for you.
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