There are more important things in life than professional sports. However, if you’re reading this, you probably invest tons of time into them – particularly Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. Well, so do we, and supporting this team is an unforgettable ride. Even though it’s “only a game,” baseball is important to us and a number of people around the world. At this time of Thanksgiving, here are a few things we appreciate as Pirates fans…
An Awesome Fanbase
First and foremost, we’re thankful for all the passionate Bucco fans out there. Pirate fans have been through thick and thin, but the fanbase is a ridiculously dedicated group of people. Big thanks to all who have read the blog over the past two years. If you’re one of our 2,300 Twitter followers, we thank you for caring about what we have to say in 140 characters or less.
A Beautiful Ballpark
Isn’t it awesome to have your favorite team play in one of the best ballparks in America? If you’re in attendance or watching on TV, it’s nice to see baseball in such a great setting. It was even nicer in October for the three home playoff games. A total of 2.25 million fans passed through PNC’s gates in 2013, the second highest attendance in team history. A record-setting 23 sellouts made the stadium a special place to be throughout the summer. Hard to believe 2014 will already be its 14th season, but PNC Park is still an excellent place to catch a ballgame.
A Most Valuable Player
We should all be thankful that we get to watch one of the league’s best players on a nightly basis. We should also be thankful for his contract, which will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2018. Andrew McCutchen is the face of the franchise on and off the field, and it’s a pleasure to watch him play baseball.
A Competitive Team
For the first time in two decades, the Pirates fielded a competitive team for an entire season. Every step of the club’s 94 wins and postseason run was enjoyable and something we’ll never forget. Hopefully this is the start of a new streak – a winning one – and we’re thankful that we are able to witness it.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
124 days until Opening Day.