Incredible Come from behind Win at PNC Park road game 17

Win

Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow graciously spoke to us when we had a chance meeting in the elevator at the stadium

Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow graciously spoke to us when we had a chance meeting in the elevator at the stadium

Tues May 6 2014
5 hours and 31 minutes – a long game by any measure, and a cold, freezing one at that, for the few 14K who were there. Game ended at 12:36 am, and we were back at the Wyndham by 1 am. It was exciting all the way.
After a 1st inning 2 run lead, down by 8-2, we rallied( most unusual lately) in the 6th and 7th to tie at 9, only to fall behind almost immediately 10-9. But 3 consecutive singles in the 9th, tied it once again, until we won it in the 13th, on Machi’s sac bunt, and a pitchers throwing error. Romo hit a batter, but no damage in the bottom of the 13th inning. Nerve racking to be sure. A 14 pitch batting stance for Pirates Walker, kept us on the edge of our seats.
To add to our interest and enjoyment we met Kruk and Kuip in the elevator while going up to our seats before the game. We received texts from SF that they referred to our trip during the game, and shared our story. We’ll see when we get back to SF, as someone recorded it for us.
Rain threatened all night, it was cold, the seats were club level sec 223, row A, and comfortably cushioned, which helped a little.
Now for the ladies view on the game. We learned that we could take either a free shuttle of the T from the Wyndham from Sue our waitress. The T got a closer, so of course we took the T. Bert said it reminded him of NY. We walked the short distance from the T to the stadium, and were disappointed by the sprinkles. We were greeted outside the stadium by a friendly Pirates staff member who was happy to discuss baseball, and gave us a few tips.

Bert learns that we can get a 1st timer certificate from guest relations and we are handed a book with all we need to know about PNC.

Bert learns that we can get a 1st timer certificate from guest relations and we are handed a book with all we need to know about PNC.

PNC Park Envelope

PNC Park Envelope

Thanks to a gentleman outside the park, we were told about the 1st timers certificate. We will try to check this out in other parks to have a souvenir of our visit to the park. Like most fans we would like to eventually visit all the stadiums

Thanks to a gentleman outside the park, we were told about the 1st timers certificate. We will try to check this out in other parks to have a souvenir of our visit to the park. Like most fans we would like to eventually visit all the stadiums

Bert likes to avoid stairs, so we were pointed to an elevator where we met Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. They were in a hurry to get to the booth, but allowed us to ride up, and Bert shared our story, and they took the times to pose for a picture. My niece’s fiance Johnny who is a baseball expert says Kruk and Kuip are the best broadcasters in the nation. He lives in Seattle now, but follows the Giants religiously.
We then met James B, who was there to check tickets going into the club level. He spent time listening to our story and shared that he had hoped to either pitch or play 3rd base. He planned on going to Ohio State, but ended up at Columbia playing football, and his dream of being a baseball great ended with a torn rotator cuff. He told Bert that Lou Gehrig’s glove was at Columbia, and told us we should visit next time we were in NY. Lou was Bert’s hero as a kid.

James brought Bert the line up card from the press box as well as the press info for the game.

James brought Bert the line up card from the press box as well as the press infor for the game.


We got a good view of the city and the river from our seats in 223, which were club level on the 3rd base side. Bert and I are both short so would have chosen row B to avoid the rail when we visit again.photo 2 (11)

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Views from our seats

Views from our seats

The next surprise was when Kathy M, the events coordinator came by to say hello. She asked if there was anything she could help with. I asked where the closest place I could get hot chocolate. It was cold, windy like AT&T, and scattered sprinkles on top of it. Kathy didn’t tell me where to get the hot chocolate, but came back with two cups, which were incredibly welcome.

Kathy M was as warm as the hot chocolate she brought us

Kathy M was as warm as the hot chocolate she brought us

Things I liked at PNC- the people, the view, the fact that they have specific info on pitches including horizontal and vertical break, the Buckaroos ask a Buc( nickname for Pirate) in which a young fan is filmed interviewing a player. What I did not like was the fact that they don’t show if the official score on wild pitches, passed balls, and they don’t announce what is being challenged. In the 5th inning Clint Hurdle challenged something and I still don’t know what it was.
Well off to study the food from the PNC guide-book since tonight we will eat at the park.
Until,
Le Anne and Bert

6 comments

  1. Doug Fisher (PNC Park Guest Relations employee)

    Best wishes on your quest to see all 81 away games. It was a pleasure to meet and talk to you at the Home Plate Rotunda.

    • 81for93

      Doug-You were great hosts. It was a pleasure meeting you and all the other staff at PNC Park. We hope others will hear the story and stop in and visit PNC

  2. Danny Rivers

    We met at the Wyndham hotel for lunch and talked for about an hour. i was ready to jump on the bandwagon and join the two of you for your adventure. it was a true pleasure talking to you both. I am the person who recieved the jersey with the 2011 WS logo 🙂

    • 81for93

      Danny,
      It was a pleasure meeting you, and chatting about this trip. We would have welcomed you on the trip. We are glad we have the opportunity to share the trip even if it is just vicariously.

  3. James Bullock

    It was truly a pleasure meeting you and Le Anne. You are an inspiration to all who come in contact with you! Not just because you love baseball, but because you are an example of how to live life to its fullest…with a passion! I hope you get the opportunity to visit Columbia & the Lou Gehrig lounge. Remain blessed & many safe travels ahead!
    James Bullock (PNC Park Guest Relations)

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