Dissecting the Schedule: May

We’ll spend time this week breaking down the Pirates’ 2013 schedule, month by month.

Schedule May
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Notes:

– The Pirates will spend a good amount of time at PNC Park in May; their 18 games at home will be the most of any month this season.

– A total of 11 afternoon games will played in May. These start times range from 12:35 to 4:05.

– One of those games, May 4th vs. Washington, will be televised on FOX.

– The club gets a taste of interleague play starting this month. The Mariners finally return to PNC for the first time since 2004, but only for a two-game set. The Houston Astros will come to Pittsburgh for the first time as an American League team. Finally, the “natural rival” Detroit Tigers will play a home-and-home against the Bucs at the end of May.

– The series vs. Houston is slated to be military appreciation weekend at the ballpark. The Pirates will once again rock their camouflage jerseys, which made an appearance last May. The weekend will start off with a camouflage free shirt on Friday, an A.J. Burnett camo jersey bobblehead on Saturday, and finish up on Sunday with kids 14 and under receiving an A.J. Burnett replica camo jersey.

– Most played opponent in May: the Milwaukee Brewers. The Bucs will see Ryan Braun and the Brew Crew on eight different occasions – four at PNC, four at Miller Park.

Tickets to any 2013 Pirates game can be purchased HERE.

Previous Editions:
April

Sneak Peek at Pirates Promotions

We had the opportunity to head down to the season ticket holder batting practice at PNC Park tonight. After taking a few cuts in the cages, we headed to the Hall of Fame Club for a light dinner. In the Club, they were playing a video on loop of the 2013 promotions.

There were four in particular that really stood out:

– A.J. Burnett Free Shirt Friday
Friday, April 12th vs. Cincinnati

2013 Promotions - A.J. Shirt

– Andrew McCutchen Bobblehead
Saturday, April 20th vs. Atlanta

2013 Promotions - Cutch bobblehead

– A.J. Burnett Bobblehead
Saturday, May 18th vs. Houston

2013 Promotions - A.J. bobblehead

– Replica Sunday Alternate Hat
Sunday, June 16th vs. Los Angeles

2013 Promotions - Sunday alternate hat

The introduction of the new Sunday alternate jersey has been highly anticipated. There is a replica alternate jersey giveaway on August 4th, but they unfortunately did not have a picture of it on the slide show. That hat obviously looks nothing like this possible mock-up we found a few weeks back.

The yellow crown with black bill would certainly be an interesting look. Based on the picture, we assume it’s similar to the hat worn in the early ’70s:

The Pirates wore a comparable uniform back in 2011 when they celebrated the 1971 World Series:

However, this leaves us unsure of how the jerseys will turn out. They could be similar to the ones above, but who knows if they will to go back to that style.

Anyway, more of the promotions should be on display at PirateFest this weekend. Hopefully they reveal the Sunday alternate jersey as well.

Go Bucs

Pirates Release 2013 Promotional Schedule

The Pirates have released their promotional schedule for the 2013 season, as single games tickets are set to go on sale next week. The giveaways have been pretty “meh” the past few years, but nothing terrible. This year’s list appears to be pretty good; here’s a look:

Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Mon, Apr 1 Cubs
  • Opening Day
  • Magnetic Schedule All Fans
Fri, Apr 12 Reds
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Apr 13 Reds
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Apr 14 Reds
  • Kids Day
  • Raise the Jolly Roger Flag First 25,000 Fans
Fri, Apr 19 Braves
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Apr 20 Braves
  • Andrew McCutchen Awards Bobblehead First 25,000 Fans
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Apr 21 Braves
  • Kids Day
  • Let’s Go Bucs Eco-Friendly Rally Towel Kids 14 & Younger
Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Fri, May 3 Nationals
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, May 4 Nationals
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, May 5 Nationals
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Pierogy Umbrella Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, May 17 Astros
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, May 18 Astros
  • A.J. Burnett Camo Jersey Bobblehead First 25,000 Fans
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, May 19 Astros
  • Kids Day
  • Kids A.J. Burnett Replica Camo Jersey Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, May 31 Reds
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Sat, Jun 1 Reds
  • FanJam featuring postgame concert
  • Heritage Celebration
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Jun 2 Reds
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Pirate Parrot Soap Dispenser Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, Jun 14 Dodgers
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Jun 15 Dodgers
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Jun 16 Dodgers
  • Kids Day
  • Kids & Dads Replica Sunday Alternate Cap Kids 14 & Younger and Dads
Fri, Jun 28 Brewers
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Jun 29 Brewers
  • FanJam featuring postgame concert
Sun, Jun 30 Brewers
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Drawstring Backpack Kids 14 & Younger
Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Fri, Jul 12 Mets
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Jul 13 Mets
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Jul 14 Mets
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Tumbler Cup Kids 14 & Younger
Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Fri, Aug 2 Rockies
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Aug 3 Rockies
  • New Replica Batting Practice Cap All Fans
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Aug 4 Rockies
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Pedro Alvarez Replica Sunday Alternate Jersey Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, Aug 16 D-backs
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Aug 17 D-backs
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Aug 18 D-backs
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Neil Walker Jersey Cooler Bag Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, Aug 30 Cardinals
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Aug 31 Cardinals
  • Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and postgame concert TBD
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Date▲ Opponent▲ Promotion
Sun, Sep 1 Cardinals
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Earbuds Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, Sep 13 Cubs
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Sep 14 Cubs
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Sep 15 Cubs
  • Kids Day
  • Kids Fathead Jr. Wall Decals Kids 14 & Younger
Fri, Sep 20 Reds
  • Free Shirt Friday All Fans
Sat, Sep 21 Reds
  • Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and postgame concert TBD
  • 2014 Magnetic Schedule All Fans
  • Scratch’n Win All Fans
Sun, Sep 22 Reds
  • Kids Day
  • Pirates Fleece Scarf First 25,000 Fans

First, it’s nice to see Free Shirt Friday back on the slate. The free shirts are an incredibly popular promotion, and they are starting to become a Friday night tradition at PNC. The designs are not known yet, but they should be on display at PirateFest (along with the other giveaways) like in past years.

Also, the bobblehead promotions really jump out at you when glancing over the list. The Pirates only had one bobblehead in each of the past two seasons (Neil Walker in 2011, Joel Hanrahan in 2012) despite their popularity. However, they’re busting out two for 2013 – Andrew McCutchen with his awards on April 20th and A.J. Burnett with a camo jersey on May 18. Both seem like really slick giveaways.

In addition to Burnett’s camo jersey bobblehead, the Bucs will also have a kids camouflage jersey giveaway on May 19th. This leads us to believe that they will wear their camo jerseys for a game or two next season, just as they did last year.

Another note about jerseys – there is a Pedro Alvarez “Sunday alternate jersey” giveaway on August 4th. Furthermore, there will be a “Sunday alternate cap” on June 16th. This seems to imply that a new jersey/hat combo will be introduced by the team in the near future. Really looking forward to see what the Pirates have in store.

The typical fireworks nights, Fan Jams, and Skyblasts are on the schedule again. The concert bands have not been announced yet.

The Jolly Roger flag and rally towels seem like solid giveaways, too. There’s a good assortment of kids Sunday promotions as usual.

It’s important to note that the Jolly Roger, Cutch bobblehead, A.J. bobblehead, and fleece scarf are only being given away to the first 25,000 fans. In the past, all promotions were usually given to all fans (except the kids giveaways, which are obviously ages 14 & younger).

We can’t wait to get our hands on some of these upon entering the gates next season. Only 134 more days…

Go Bucs