Reporting Kimberly Gill
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Bailey Golvash, 10, was all smiles Tuesday.
That’s because she’s the winner of a promotion event called “Take The Fort to School.”
“The Fort” — as catcher Michael McKenry is called by fans — stopped by Golvash’s school Tuesday at St. Sylvester School.
“It’s like really fun,” Golvash said. “I’ve been waiting ever since I heard that I won. And it’s been so much fun.”
The special day started with lots of pictures — and Golvash getting her very own Pirates jersey.
After a brief tour, all the children in Golvash’s fifth grade class got free Pirates gear and had the opportunity to ask “The Fort” all kinds of questions.
“Yeah, he’s very nice– and everyone asked good questions and he gave very good answers,” Golvash said. “He said if you love something you can excel at it. And I think that’s very good advice for someone the ages we are.”
After the talk it was time for more pictures and to sign some autographs.
“The No. 1 thing I’d want to display to these kids is a Christ-like attitude and hopefully they saw that today in me and know that it’s not about me it’s about him— and to have fun,” McKenry said. “Being around all them makes me feel like I’m their age again so it’s really neat. You guys really mean a lot to me, so I appreciate you having me.”
And by the looks of it— the kids appreciated “The Fort” too.