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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Pittsburgh Pirates

Part 9: Pittsburgh Pirates
As mentioned, I haven’t been to all that many of the parks on this list. I have been to PNC, on the back end of a double dip with Cleveland the day before. While Jacobs Field was a really nice place to watch a ballgame, it was truly overshadowed by its rival 100 miles to the southeast.
I can honestly say I can’t imagine how you can make a park any better than this one. The setting is wonderful, the views are spectacular, and it just feels like Pittsburgh the moment you walk through the gate. It’s the gold standard for future ballparks, and I’ll be surprised if anyone tops it.
Still, with apologies to all the fine associates or teammates or whatever silly name they give the employees at PNC Financial Services, the name could use an upgrade. An initialed bank name – and who besides Vlad knows what the P or the N or the C stand for, if anything? – just isn’t good enough for this gem.

Ballpark History
Built: 2001
Capacity:38,362
Name: PNC Park 2001-present.
Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Three Rivers Stadium, 1970-2000; Forbes Field, 1909-1970; Exposition Park III 1891-1909; Recreation Park 1884-1890; Exposition Park 1, II (1882-1883)
Distinctive Features:Limestone façade’ steel girders in left; spectacular views of downtown from much of the park; statues honoring Pirate greats Wagner, Maz, Clemente and Pops; Clemente Bridge outside park closed to vehicular traffic on game days; exhibit on city’s strong Negro League history; Allegheny River in reach for strong poke from lefthanded batters.

Ballpark Highlights:

In 2001, Jason Kendall became the first Pirate to get a hit in PNC Park, and later the first Pirate to get hit by a pitch there, equally fitting feats for the former catcher. Also equally fitting for the turn of the century Bucs, opponents managed both feats first.
In 2006, a two-out, two-run triple in the ninth inning by Michael Young off future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman led the American League to a 3-2 victory in the All-Star Game, extending the AL’s win streak to four games and its unbeaten streak to 10.
In 2013, the Pirates knocked off the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the NL wild card game in the club’s first playoff game in 21 years.
In 2015, Andrew McCutchen starred in a video I never tire of watching. 

TBtB Selections To Date:


San Francisco Giants - China Basin

Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington

San Diego Padres - Mission Field

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

Washington Nationals - Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays - Suncoast Dome

Philadelphia Phillies - Citizens Park

Seattle Mariners - Cascadia Field

SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5599987)
The Pirate thread is now open for submissions.
   2. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: January 03, 2018 at 12:35 PM (#5600106)
Allegheny Park

Stray italics tag is after the video link.
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 03, 2018 at 12:36 PM (#5600110)
Italics Field
   4. ajnrules Posted: January 03, 2018 at 12:40 PM (#5600114)
Willie Stargell Field at Roberto Clemente Park
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2018 at 12:50 PM (#5600122)
The thread is now reopen for more conventional text nominations.
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5600132)
Pirates Park at Three Rivers
   7. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:03 PM (#5600133)
Roberto Clemente Park
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:12 PM (#5600142)
Pirates Cove, with this guy as their mascot.
   9. BDC Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5600150)
Clemente is nice, though there is already that bridge named after him, and it would be nice to keep that distinct. I suppose this also rules out Warhol Field and Rachel Carson Park.

It would be fun to refer to the place as Fort Duquesne, though that's very slightly off in terms of its actual location. Forbes Field was a great name but the original was quite far away from the current site. On the whole, I think that Three Rivers was a great name for a park, even though the original was generic.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5600172)
In a salute to the city's greatest ambassador, Fred Rogers...

The Neighborhood Park.

   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:43 PM (#5600190)
PNC has roots in Pittsburgh that extend 170 years back. I've never met anyone who dislikes the name.
   12. QLE Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:44 PM (#5600192)
Dreyfuss Park
   13. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 03, 2018 at 01:53 PM (#5600196)
Foundry Field, as a nod to Pittsburgh's industrial roots.
   14. Omineca Greg Posted: January 03, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5600206)
In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture
and wrinkled ties and baseball trophies and coffee pots
I have never seen a post-war Philco
with the automatic eye
nor heard Ravel's "Bolero" the way I did
in 1945 in that tiny living room
on Beechwood Boulevard, nor danced as I did
then, my knives all flashing, my hair all streaming,
my mother red with laughter, my father cupping
his left hand under his armpit, doing the dance
of old Ukraine, the sound of his skin half drum,
half fart, the world at last a meadow,
the three of us whirling and singing, the three of us
screaming and falling, as if we were dying,
as if we could never stop--in 1945--
in Pittsburgh, beautiful filthy Pittsburgh, home
of the evil Mellons, 5,000 miles away
from the other dancing--in Poland and Germany--
oh God of mercy, oh wild God.

Gerald Stern


I like Three Rivers.

But I don't know anything about Pittsburgh.

When you're growing up in a small town
And you're having a nervous breakdown
And you think that you'll never escape it
Yourself or the place that you live

Where did Picasso come from
There's no Michelangelo coming from Pittsburgh
If art is the tip of the iceberg
I'm the part sinking below

When you're growing up in a small town
Bad skin, bad eyes, gay and fatty
People look at you funny
When you're in a small town

My father worked in construction
It's not something for which I'm suited
Oh, what is something for which you are suited
Getting out of here

I hate being odd in a small town
If they stare let them stare in New York City
At this pink eyed painting albino
How far can my fantasy go

I'm no Dali coming from Pittsburgh
No adorable lisping Capote
My hero, oh, do you think I could meet him
I'd camp out at his front door

Cale/Reed
   15. smileyy Posted: January 03, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5600318)
Something Something Field at the Three Rivers. Which I realize now is a mouthful.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 03, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5600325)
The Yaaaarrrrrrd.
   17. JJ1986 Posted: January 05, 2018 at 08:09 AM (#5601243)
In honor of a team who used to play in the city, The Homestead.
   18. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 05, 2018 at 01:00 PM (#5601429)
Duquesne Field

Braddock's Ballpark

City of Bridges Ballpark

PNC Field. Hey, PNC is apparently one of the largest companies based out of Pittsburgh



   19. Nasty Nate Posted: January 05, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5601433)
PNC Field. Hey, PNC is apparently one of the largest companies based out of Pittsburgh
Do you mean "PNC Park" - or are you proposing something slightly different from the current name?
   20. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 05, 2018 at 01:24 PM (#5601445)
Oh, right - PNC Park is what I meant.
   21. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5601587)
I like Allegheny Field, or something like that. Allegheny is a nice-sounding word.
   22. stevegamer Posted: January 08, 2018 at 12:05 AM (#5602540)
I'm really likely to just vote for PNC when we get to voting, because PNC may be kind of bland, but that "P" is for Pittburgh. And I think it's older than the Pirates.

Three Rivers was a great name, and not a bad ballpark. Of course, I'm from Philly, so it was a lot like the Vet.

Allegheny is a good name, and it's on the Allegheny. It's on the North Shore, but that's not as good as Allegheny.

To me, Homestead is a problem because this park is not only not in Homestead, but if you leave downtown Pittburgh for Homestead, you are going the wrong way, and crossing the wrong river to get to Homestead. Unsure if there is a Homestead Park already, but it's likely. Duquense Field is likely to get you ending up at Duquesne University's field, which is also near the Mon, but at least isn't across 2 rivers.
   23. villageidiom Posted: January 08, 2018 at 08:58 AM (#5602579)
Roberto Clemente Park. I don't care if there's already a Clemente Bridge and a Clemente statue and a Clemente hot dog stand and a Clemente handicapped parking space. Name it Clemente Park.
   24. ww0b Posted: January 08, 2018 at 09:31 AM (#5602582)
it's in what was once Allegheny City (prior to merging with Pittsburgh in 1907). Name it Allegheny Field. Or Re-Exposition Park.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: January 10, 2018 at 01:04 PM (#5604079)
Last call for nominations.
   26. Greg Pope Posted: January 10, 2018 at 02:38 PM (#5604137)
Allegheny is a good name, and it's on the Allegheny. It's on the North Shore, but that's not as good as Allegheny.

Too bad they didn't build it on the other side so we could call it Monongahela Park.
   27. Rusty Priske Posted: January 10, 2018 at 03:01 PM (#5604160)
The Pit

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