Thursday, 7/1/2010. Long day on the bus to get to a great ballpark and a great game! Pirates won 4-2 as I remember. We left this morning at 8:00AM and arrived at PNC Park at 6PM after a couple of quick 20 minutes stops, rushed into the stadium to find our seating. Whew! Grueling day for most but honestly I slept most of the day so was ready to go once we got there! The park itself was set on the river and directly opposite the Steelers football stadium. We could stand at the concessions and look out over the river. Really great views!
This was the most accessible and user-friendly park to get around of all the parks we’ve been to so far. Took about 5 minutes off the bus to our seats which is pretty amazing when you compare it to some of the marathon walks we’ve been through! As far as ballpark food goes, the Fermenti Bros sandwich lays claim to the best food at PNC and they’re probably right! This sandwich sure makes carrying it back to your seat “easy”. It not only loads the bread with lots of deli sliced roast beef, but also layers the coleslaw, condiments AND french fries on the sandwich. No kidding! And they were lined up to get it! The Quaker State BBQ Chicken looked great but had an awful sauce. Big mistake so I was glad I got the smallest order. It pays to listen to the locals! As far as the game went, Pittsburgh has one of the worst records this year, and the Phillies are doing great. But we were all compelled to cheer for the Pirates which I wanted to do anyhow. So it was fun to hear the cheers and enthusiasm when they pulled it out in the end. They were ahead the entire game but it was one of those “you score – I score” games and was never really comfortable until the end! This is a great ballpark. The backdrop looking out from the 3rd base line toward Right Field is spectacular, resembling a Hollywood backdrop of high rise buildings that look super-imposed, not the real thing! We arrived here at our hotel after the evening game at 1:30AM and leave 7AM for Chicago. It’s now 2:45AM so goodnight all! Next stop Wrigley Field in Chicago!