Reporting Sarah Arbogast
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pirates fever has certainly taken over Pittsburgh. Today, Pirates President Frank Coonelly received recognition for the Bucs’ success.
Plus, the son of a Pirates legend weighed in on the winning season.
The energy at PNC Park has been electric. The players and the fans are all enjoying their first winning season in ages.
As the excitement continues to build and the playoffs draw closer, it seems eyes are on the Bucs and Coonelly.
Today, Coonelly was honored at an event held at the Heinz History Center.
Local leaders congratulated Coonelly and celebrated the end of a two decades long losing era.
“There’s more vibrancy to the city, people are enjoying what is still the greatest ballpark in all of America. They are enjoying it and they are again, I believe given what I hear and see at the ballpark, proud again to call their team, their Pittsburgh Pirates their baseball team,” Coonelly said.
Coonelly talked a lot about the dedicated fans he sees at home and on the road.
He also talked about the Pirates’ rich history and one of the greatest ball players of all time – Roberto Clemente.
Clemete’s son, Luis, was there to share stories about his father and growing up in Pittsburgh.
He said his dad would be proud of the team today.
“Pittsburgh has always been our second home. The Pirates winning and not allowing that 21 to be in the negative this season is huge for the Clemente family. It is huge for Puerto Ricans,” Clemente said.
The Clemente family is set to release a book on the true legacy of Roberto next week.