PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Since the 1800’s American’s have loved the game of baseball.
It’s called our national past time, yet not all kids are able to play the game.
Now, some former Pirates, the team and Pirates Charities are giving all kids a place to play.
Not everybody gets to play baseball at PNC Park, but thanks to the efforts of former Pirate Sean Casey, everyone can feel like they are playing in the big leagues.
This weekend, the wheelchair accessible facilities opened to children, families and adults who want to share the joy of America’s past time. It is right next to the Pirates Charities’ Miracle League Field of the South Hills.
“The best part for me is that it is part of this great community park here where all kids of all abilities and all needs can play together as one, as one community,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said.
No details were spared to make it look just like the big league ball park in town. Casey and his wife, Mandi, founded the Casey’s Clubhouse Organization.
“When you go down to PNC Park to see the Buccos play and you see the backdrop there, we tried to re-create that here which has been pretty awesome with the Clemente Bridge and a lot of the buildings that are here,” Casey said.
But the focus at is making sure that all kids have a safe place to play.
“On behalf of the Pirates, the Nutting family, everyone in the Pirates and Pirates Charities organization on this great day — and kids, have a great time on the coolest playground ever. Thank you very much,” Coonelly said.
The former big league all-star with roots not far from the field is glad to be able to help other kids enjoy baseball as much as he did.
“Upper St. Clair, where I grew up, but I love the South Hills and I love this city, so I’m so thankful you all came out to join us and support us,” Casey said.