Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #10 Neil Walker

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Despite just two full seasons in the league, Neil Walker comes in at number 10 on our Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era list. With the exception of Freddy Sanchez, Walker has been the Bucs’ best option at second base in recent memory. Some players that saw time at 2B over the years include Pat Meares, Abraham Nunez, Bobby Hill, Pokey Reese, Jose Castillo, Aki Iwamura, etc. Neil has already made a significant impact for the club, despite switching positions multiple times in the minor leagues. He’s held down a respectable .280 average and .763 OPS in his career. His defense continues to improve as well. Walker’s importance to the team really showed down the stretch when he was out with injury. He’s due for a raise in arbitration this year; he is still under team control through the 2016 season. We are a bit biased for the “Pittsbugh Kid’ since he’s a local guy.

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2012 Pirates Promotions

Each season, we look forward to the giveaways that are given out at the gates at PNC Park.  The classic bobbleheads used to be popular collector’s items, but those have almost completely been removed from the schedule. Fireworks have always been a weekend tradition, although we don’t find those too interesting anymore. Free t-shirts have risen in the past couple years, especially last season as they moved from weeknights to Friday, sparking the popular “Free Shirt Friday” promotion.

Let’s have a look at this year’s line-up:


Thurs April 5: Opening Day/Magnetic Schedule

Sat April 7: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win

Sun April 8: Kids Pirate Parrot Build-A-Bear Doll/Kids Day

Fri April 20: Free Shirt Friday

Sat April 21: Pirates Umbrella/Scratch’n Win

Sun April 22: Earth Day & Kids Recycled Cap/Kids Day


Fri May 4: Free Shirt Friday

Sat May 5: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win

Sun May 6: Kids Pierogy Ceramic Bowl/Kids Day

Fri May 11: Free Shirt Friday

Sat May 12: Joel Hanrahan All-Star Bobblehead/Scratch’n Win

Sun May 13: Kids Neil Walker Replica Home Jersey/Moms Neil Walker Replica Pink Accent Home Jersey/Kids Day

Fri May 25: Free Shirt Friday

Sat May 26: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win Sun

May 27: Kids Andrew McCutchen Replica Camo Jersey/Kids Day


Fri June 8: Free Shirt Friday

Sat June 9: Heritage Celebration/Post-Game Concert/Scratch’n Win

Sun June 10: Kids Sunglasses/Kids Day

Fri June 22: Free Shirt Friday

Sat June 23: Replica Cap/Scratch’n Win

Sun June 24: Kids Pirates Braided Necklace/Kids Day


Fri July 6: Free Shirt Friday

Sat July 7: FanJam featuring Daughtry (“It’s Not Over”, “Home”, “No Surprise”)/Scratch’n Win

Sun July 8: Kids Pierogy Inner Tube/Kids Day

Fri July 20: Free Shirt Friday

Sat July 21: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win

Sun July 22: Pirates Visor (All fans receive)/Kids Day


Fri August 10: Free Shirt Friday

Sat August 11: Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and act TBD/Scratch’n Win

Sun August 12: Kids Back to School Lunch Bag/Kids Day

Fri August 24: Free Shirt Friday

Sat August 25: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win

Sun August 26: Pirates Gym Bag (All fans receive)/Kids Day


Fri September 7: Free Shirt Friday

Sat September 8: Fireworks/Scratch’n Win

Sun September 9: Kids Fathead Jr. Wall Decals/Kids Day

Fri September 28: Free Shirt Friday

Sat September 29: Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and act TBD/2010 Magnetic Schedule/Scratch’n Win

Sun September 30: Pirates Fleece Blanket (All fans receive)/Kids Day

There are numerous free shirts and fireworks, as well as a bobblehead featuring Joel Hanrahan. There is also a variety of kids promotions that will be given out each Sunday on “Kids Day”.

Hopefully we’ll be able to bring home a few of these collectibles this season.

Go Bucs