Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — PNC Park welcomed 6,000 children from 60 elementary and middle schools to the first of two Pirates Education Days, before a Wednesday afternoon game.
Their “textbook” was a booklet with a scavenger hunt for answers. Those answers ranged from a history of the Homestead Greys, to the volume of a water bottle.
There was also a meteorological twist.
“Usually when we get hurricane impact here, it’s the remnants of hurricane, which typically brings a lot of rain.” KDKA chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla said as he addressed young fans from his perch atop the Pirates’ dugout. “Sometimes too much rain, as we already talked about with all of our rivers.”
He shared facts and figures with a crowd of future forecasters, like sixth graders from Adlai Stevenson School.
“He taught us everything from thunderstorms to winter storms and what to do with them,” one says.
“I learned a bunch of things about how to be safe during certain weather conditions,” said another student. “If there’s freezing rain, how to be safe on the streets.”
But winter ice is far away on a perfect day for baseball.
“Lets go Bucs!” chanted the crowd.
It’s clear that they’re not just fair weather fans.