PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You have one more week to see the Pirates play at home before the post-season, and it couldn’t be a more exciting time as they work to stay in playoff contention.
The team has plenty of stuff planned for the fans, but tickets are getting harder and harder to come by.
Over the years, Pirates’ fans have had to look to the Steelers or the Penguins’ seasons for solace, but today, the cleat is on the other foot.
“I needed something to get over what happened last night,” said Mount Washington resident Zach Moore about the Steelers’ ugly loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
So, Moore joined the lines at the Pirates box office looking for a black and gold transfusion.
“It’s getting exciting,” he said. “It’s coming down to the end of the season, we still have two guys vying for the batting title, and hopefully, they’re going to make a push for the playoffs.”
The enthusiasm is infectious.
“I love it. I was around for all the losing seasons, so it’s nice to have winning seasons,” said Joan Seltzer, of New Castle.
“Really looking forward to finishing strong here,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “We have played well in front of our crowd. For the players, it’s important to get back home because they love the energy our crowd gives them.”
It’s a team that’s had to overcome a lot of obstacles.
“The schedule they’ve had, the adversity they’ve overcome, and the injuries they’ve had, I think they’re playing their best ball right now. They’re peaking at the right time,” said Mike Boltz, of Cranberry Township.
But getting into PNC Park to watch the last of the home games could be challenging. It’s the hottest ticket in town and they’re selling fast.
Fans tell KDKA’s John Shumway they want to be in the ballpark because they like what they see in these Pirates on the field and in the dugout.
“These guys just seem young and energetic, and they want to play and they want to work as a team,” said Yvonne Parhetta, of McKeesport.
“I like it when they get all excited, and they get the home runs and they are cheering for each other,” added Debbie Goehring, of New Wilmington.
One thing is for certain, fans no longer enduring losing season after losing season.
“Almost embarrassing to be a fan,” said Franklin McMillion, of Bradford Woods. “But it’s good to come back to the ballpark and have a good product on the field.”
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