Tuesday, September 20, 2005

10 Things About The Jolly Roger's Triumph Over Rocket Roger

In a mild surprise Russell and I saw the Jolly Roger triumph over the Rocket Roger. Of course Rocket loses about 1/3 of the time and the Pirates win about 40%+, but with the Astros in the thick of the wildcard race, it just didn't feel that likely. Here are 10 things about our trip you should know:

  1. Jews for Jesus handed us a pamphlet of Pirate trivia before the game (I'm not making that up). The official give away was a Ralph Kiner All-Start Commemorative Card.
  2. We ate Cracker Jacks and Cotton Candy and drank Sprite.
  3. Similar to watching Mark McGwire take batting practice, fans lined up 6-deep behind the centerfield bullpen to warmup before the game.
  4. Sauerkraut Saul won the pierogie race.
  5. The close captioning below the scoreboard plays the words to O Fortuna during the opening ship-battle animated sequence. The lyrics are in Latin. Which means they should really add an additional scoreboard for the translation. (If you're that interested both can be found here. They actually fit the fortunes of the buckless Bucs quite well.)
  6. Pirate fans gave Rocket Roger a standing O after he was yanked after giving up 4 runs in the 6th. I'm sure it was probably one of the least appreciated standing ovations of his career. Most of the fans stayed politely until the conclusion of the bottom of the 6th and then followed Roger to the showers.
  7. After the 7th inning stretch we moved from Section 307 Row C to right behind the center of the Pirates dugout. The Pittsburgh Baseball Club seats across the aisle and 5 feet below 307 are not $38 better than 307. The Dugout box seats are $26 better.
  8. Dugout box seats are really far from the bathroom though. This is important if you have kids or drink.
  9. The Pirates may have won because 2 nuns in habits were seated in the Homeplate Club in the front row.
  10. At 13,000 plus the attendance for the game was only about 42,000 less than the last time Russ and I saw Clemens pitch in person.

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