LHMark
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PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:54 am

I just got back from two days of baseball in Pittsburgh, and WOW! PNC park surpasses its reputation in every way. The view of the city cannot be topped by any park in the majors (and the city of Pittsburgh is much more beautiful than popular lore would have one believe). The food is fantastic, even if those Primanti Brothers sandwiches bind you up a bit, and the Iron City felt and tasted cryogenically cold in those new aluminum bottles; the perfect beverage for a scorching summer day.

The Pirates beat the mets on Saturday, with a seven-run seventh and a tremendous catch by the right fielder- a former Rochester Red Wing whom KROC has dubbed "Michael 'Rally-Killer' Restovich." Cota continued his hot hitting, and the game was exciting as hell. It would have been perfect had I not been siting next to the fattest kid in the world, his jiggling flesh literally shoving me out of my own seat.

Sunday, the 'Bucs could do nothing against Pete Martin, but I think he was doctoring the ball with Jerri-curl.

All and all, a wonderful park. Here are some pics.

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Me in my promotional Negro Leagues "Pittsburgh Crawfords" cap, enjoying the local brewage



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My friend Rich's Primanti Brothers' "Cheesesteak," complete with fries and coleslaw



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PNC Park seen from the Roberto Clemente Bridge




The park and Pittsburgh skyline at night



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The dubiously-named Pittsburgh 1st base coach watches Pete Martin throw a 'curlball'







A couple of mets share a tender moment of 'team chemistry.'

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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:07 am

Wow. This Pirates fan is drooling at how gorgeous that park is. A good crowd too. Now I know I gotta get there someday! Thanks for the pics, Mark.

P.S. - Kuntz's first name doesn't make things easier. Yes, boys and girls, the Bucs first base coach is named Rusty Kuntz.

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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:15 am

I don't know about PNC being the best park in baseball. Venture out west to Safeco Feild to take in a ball game. The views of Puget Sound, and downtown Seattle are fantastic as well.

Glad you had fun, though.
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:26 am

Quoting LHMark (Thread starter):
The dubiously-named Pittsburgh 1st base coach watches Pete Martin throw a 'curlball'

A Rusty Kuntz sighting! Sweeeet!!! I named one of my fantasy teams after him.
 
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:59 am

S12PPL, it's funny you should mention that. The folks sitting behind us were from Seattle. They spoke very highly of Safeco when I said I wanted to see a game there, but gave the nod to PNC as the park with the more striking view.
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:18 am

LH,
It's been a few years since I've been to Safeco. I also like SBC Park in Frisco. Beautiful park, great views, and great food. I would also have to give Oriole Park at Camden Yards very high remarks.
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:30 am

WOW, that looks awesome! How much is that cheesesteak?

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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:16 pm

LHMark,

Glad you had a great time in our fair city. The only thing your missing is some hot sauce on that sandwich!!
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:16 pm

There is nothing worse that Rally-Killer Restovich doing damage to my favorite team! Looks indeed like PNC Park lives up to its reputation. Not sure I will be able to get there this year, but next year is a definite.

And MArk, how many "Foot-Longs" did you crunch? I figure since it was a MLB game you would have stepped up to the plate more so than you do at Frontier Field.
 
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Wed Jul 13, 2005 1:41 am

Dude, I was neck-deep in Primianti Brothers sandwiches... no room for foot-longs. that's so bush-league...
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RE: PNC Park In PIT, An Incredible Ballpark

Wed Jul 13, 2005 2:31 am

So how are the mens rooms? Do the low walls at the urinals really help the park live upto its name?
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