1-22-09 PNC Park, Indoor Batting Practice
The Pirates invited season ticket holders to take batting practice in the cages inside of PNC Park today. Of course, Holly and I went. We checked in at 6PM and then went into the catacombs of PNC Park to the batting cages.
There were two large cages to take batting practice in. In one cage, ex-Pirate pitcher Bob Walk was throwing batting practice. In the other, a pitching machine did all the work. Since there were only little kids taking batting practice against Bob Walk, I decided to check out the pitching machine.
Instead of taking another round, I was frustrated, so we left to get dinner in the Pittsburgh Baseball Club. On the way back, we snapped a picture of the tunnel leading to the Pirates dugout.
There is a Roberto Clemente quote, consistant with the “Pride, Passion” motto of the Pirates this year.
In the baseball club we ate hamburgers and hot dogs. There was virtually no one there. Honestly, there were maybe 16 people in the club level when we got there. Ryan Doumit, Sean Burnett, and Andy LaRoche were playing pool together when we got there. They were supposed to be mingling with the fans, but there were not many fans, so they pretty much kept to themselves. No one was going up to them or talking to them except for one or two of the Pirates ticket account executives.
After eating, Holly and I played a few rounds of pool, and then left.
It was fun, I just wish I could’ve hit better.