Reporting Harold Hayes
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — From the very start, Tuesday night’s crowd for the Wild Card game at PNC Park, wearing their black flags and black clothing, may have impacted the game.
Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle noticed it early.
“When we took the field for the opening announcements, they let it rip,” he said. “Our fan base showed up, that rotunda was jammed!”
Fans think the crowd chanting Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto’s name may have influenced him.
“They yelled Cueto, Cueto, Cueto, Cueto, and he dropped that ball and the place went nuts,” said Nick Caito, of Glassport.
They also went nuts when the next pitch became a Russell Martin home run.
Tanaz Walendziewicz of North Huntingdon was amazed.
“I’ve been to Penguin playoff games, Steeler home games and this game was just electrifying,” she said. “There’s no words to say. I’ll never ever forget it. That’s for sure.”
Having done their job the night before, Pirates fans took to the Strip District today to get more souvenirs.
Susan Cunningham, who sells the “AbsoBUCNlutely” t-shirts, among other things, says that’s the big item now.
“Clint Hurdle made this popular and this is our number one selling shirt right here,” she said.
But playoff tickets are not easy to come by. Sunday’s game is already sold out. The Pirates’ website has a registration page for those who hope to get a jump on more playoff tickets should more games and tickets become available.
Because if you look at sites like StubHub, standing room for Sunday starts at $150.
Would Margaret Laslavic of Shaler pay that?
“No, no I would not,” she said. “I would go to the box office before I’d do that.”
We should know by the weekend if more tickets will become available at the box office.