PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Through 20 losing years, there has been a constant belief in the front office.

“We always said if we put a competitive team on the field,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said. “Pittsburgh is a great baseball town and Pittsburghers would come out and support the Pirates again and they really showed it last year and this year once again.”

The Pirates ticket office has been working overtime with the Phillies in town for the next few days — including the Fourth of July.

“That will sell out and the other two games are doing well and then the A’s come into town and the A’s are playing great baseball as well, so I’m expecting those crowds to be large,” Coonelly said.

But it’s not only the next few games fans are snapping up.

“We’re continuing to sell season packages, 40-game plans, 20-game plans and 10-day plans as well,” Coonelly said.

Which means as the season wears on tickets may become tougher to come by, if the winning continues.

“This is a 162-game season and we still have a lot of work to do,” Coonelly said.

The Pirates store is also making sure it’s fully stocked.

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