Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Pittsburgh Pirates' spring training stadium has been renovated.
By the looks of the hundreds of fans walking along the new boardwalk and chugging beer at the outfield tiki bar, the $7.5 million McKechnie Field renovation is a success. The Pittsburgh Pirates had their first opportunity to play ball in the stadium during their annual Black and Gold scrimmage in February, and that meant that it was also the first time fans could get in some game action, too. The stadium features more seating—up 2,000 seats for a total of 8,500—plus more shaded seating, bleachers with backs, outfield ledge seating, a barbecue area, and the list goes on. Almost everyone that you speak to around the stadium cannot get enough of the new 19,000-square-foot boardwalk that wraps around the outfield. It's a favorite of Pirates …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Josh Harrison only will appear at the mall from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Winter Caravan stops at the South Hills Village Mall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the person of infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison. Harrison will sign free autographs at the event. Due to scheduling changes, centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, pitchers Jared Hughes and Justin Wilson, coach Jeff Banister and broadcaster Greg Brown will NOT be joining Harrison at this mall appearance. At South Hills Village, the autograph session is expected to be set up in the middle of the first floor, by the escalator and near Abercrombie & Fitch (map).
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Love the Pirates AND animals? This shirt is for you.
The Animal Rescue League and TheClassyYinzer.com are teaming up to raise money for the shelter with a brand new $20 T-shirt. This "Zoltan" style shirt will raise money for ARL as long as the campaign meets its 300 order goal. Click here to order your shirt.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The baseball team's success is bringing bunches of people out to games a bit early to celebrate in true tailgating fashion.
You know this is a strange kind of summer when, the Steelers report to training camp, hardly anyone is talking about the Steelers. Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the toast of the town, and why not: The team hasn't had a winning season in 20 years and hasn't won the World Series in 33. Last Saturday, parking lots were pretty much full already about four hours before game time at PNC Park. The day was a bit overcast and a bit humid, but that didn't matter to the thousands of fans who gathered to celebrate the sudden success of their favorite baseball team. Here's what they looked like. This story first appeared on Upper St. Clair Patch. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
'It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package.' — Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, is sponsoring another raffle where the prize is a grown-up version of the "Golden Ticket." Junior Achievement has again assembled an extraordinary prize for Pittsburgh sports fans, as the winner of this fundraiser—determined by the Pennsylvania Lottery's evening Big 4 number on Aug. 30—will receive a pair of tickets to each of the following attractions: Raffle tickets will be sold by Junior Achievement through Aug. 30 for $50 each. "It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package," said Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and South Hills resident. Each ticket has four…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Even though they've never seen good baseball in Pittsburgh, younger fans seem to be enthusiastic about the Pirates.
The year that Upper St. Clair resident Dan Shea was born, the Pittsburgh Pirates went to the playoffs. As those who follow the team know painfully well, the team hasn’t had a winning season since. But that hasn’t deterred Shea from catching, as they say, Bucco Fever. “I’ve been following the Pirates all year long, and I’m really excited about them right now,” said the John Carroll University junior, following a recent round at USC’s three-hole golf course. He’s not alone among folks his age and younger, despite the 19-year drought. With Pittsburgh in first place with one of the best records in Major League Baseball in advance of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, we talked to members of the so-called “lost generation” of Pirates fans about how they …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Pitcher-turned-broadcaster Steve Blass talks about his new book and his admiration for his hometown.
So, you've just pitched a complete game to win the seventh game of the World Series. What are you going to do? In Steve Blass' case, he decided to buy a house. Actually, he and his wife, Karen, did so the year after his performance for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 Series. They decided on a place south of Three Rivers Stadium, in a township called Upper St. Clair. "We didn't know anything about it," Steve admits. Forty years later, the Blasses still are in the same home, and are happy about it. "We couldn't have asked for a better neighborhood and better neighbors. It's a wonderful atmosphere to bring up kids," he says, with the firsthand experience of raising two sons, David and Christopher, in the township. "And we've have had some …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Pittsburgh Pirates draftee Jimmy Rider scored the eventual game-winning run Monday in the College World Series.
Some are calling the Kent State Golden Flashes the darlings of the 2012 College World Stories—Venetia native Jimmy Rider is credited for much of that success. Rider, A 2008 Peters Township High School graduate, scored the game-winning run Monday night to eliminate top-ranked University of Florida. Entering today's action, Kent State is one of five teams remaining in tournament play. Rider, a shortstop, is the Mid-American Conference's all-time hits leader with 353 hits. On Monday, he had two singles and a double for his team-leading, 32nd, multi-hit game of the season. Also, he extended his single-season records for hits (106) and doubles (30). Tonight might be the biggest challenge for Kent State, as the team plays two-time defending …
Friday, June 8, 2012
The Pirates chose Jimmy Rider, a second baseman-shortstop, in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
A former Peters Township High School baseball standout is sliding into home as he slides into a chance at the pros. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Jimmy Rider, a second baseman-shortstop, in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday. Rider graduated from Peters in 2008. The Post-Gazette reports that after WPIAL play in high school, Rider helped Kent State become the first Mid-American Conference team to make the NCAA Super Regionals. Earlier this season he became the all-time hits leader in the MAC and he has 346 hits heading into the Super Regionals.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
'It's all about these kids and it always has been,' said Sean Casey, former MLB all-star and Upper St. Clair resident who started the project two years ago.
What was once an old farm field has transformed into a place where children and adults of all abilities will be able to enjoy the game of baseball. Players, volunteers, families and community leaders gathered at the brand new Pirates Charities Miracle League Field of the South Hills Saturday, located next to the Community and Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, to celebrate. "This is just so cool," said Sean Casey, former MLB all-star and Upper St. Clair resident. "I'm grateful to see all of these great big hearts here." Sean Casey and his wife, Mandi, started Casey's Clubhouse two years ago to raise $1 million to build a Miracle League Field in Upper St. Clair. Their vision won over the hearts and wallets of people and businesses in …