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We were back at Piratefest on Sunday for the third and final day of the three day weekend baseball event. The Pirates had sent me six tickets, so I sold two, used two on Friday, and saved the last two for today.
Before heading to Piratefest, I was treated to breakfast at a restaurant named DeLuca’s in the Strip District.
I had never been to DeLuca’s let alone the strip district, so this was a nice little adventure for me. DeLuca’s proclaims to have the ‘Best Breakfast in Town,’ and the large line that was waiting outside in the cold drizzle.
We waited for about twenty minutes before getting into the small, packed restaurant. One of the restaurant’s claim to fame is being featured on the Man vs Food series.
We had pancakes…
Chocolate strawberry pancakes for her:
And blueberry pancakes for me:
I also had a side of sweet sausage, which tasted much better than it looked.
The food was great, and it filled me up until 5 PM. I wasn’t crazy about the interior Steeler decorating, especially after being hassled at every corner by street vendors selling Steeler pennants and buttons. I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl being over so this town settles down.
When we got to the David L Lawrence Convention Center around 11:40, twenty minutes before the doors were to open, we were greeted by a monstrous line that snaked around and to the back of the convention center.
It took us about 10 minutes after the gates opened to finally get into Piratefest.
When we entered, we headed over to the MVP Zone to get autographs from Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf.
I had Ross sign my calendar since he signed a ball for me yesterday. Paul Maholm also signed a ball. Interestingly, he dropped the number 28 from his signature (the other 3 signatures on balls I have from Paul have a 28) – perhaps he expects to be traded in the coming months. He is in the final year of a contract, although the Pirates hold an option for 2012, which most certainly will be turned down since its for $9.75 million.
Later in the MVP Zone (which is for Season Ticket Holders only) we had Jose Tabata sign a baseball,
along with 1991 National League Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.
Drabek was probably my second favorite Pirate of the 1990-1992 teams, with Andy Van Slyke being the first.
The MVP Zone is one of the nice perks of being a season ticket holder. Season Ticket Holders can get autographs there without waiting an average of 90 minutes on the other side of the Convention Center. The same players come over to the MVP Zone throughout the day either before or after they are done signing for the general public.
Good (Season Ticket Holder autograph lines):
Bad (everyone else):
The other autograph that I got today was Andrew McCutchen. We were allowed two autographs per person, so I had him sign a baseball and a Canvas Photo Wrap that I had won earlier in the day.
We didn’t play many games because the lines were ridiculously long. I didn’t really see the point of standing in line for 30 minutes to spin a wheel and win some give away stuff that I already have at home.
We caught some of the entertainment at the Piratefest stage:
There was Deal or No Deal:
More Minute to Win It, this time with Paul Maholm:
and Family Feud with the “Maholm Family” pitted against the “Morton Family.”
It was Paul Maholm vs Charlie Morton, and each player had 3 other fans assigned to his ‘family.’ The questions were related to the Pirates or Pittsburgh, and season ticket holders were those surveyed to provide the results for the game.
Here’s a video of a round of it:
That was basically it for the day. Got a few autographs, walked around, played a couple games at the beginning of the day before the crowd swelled, and watched some games at the Piratefest stage.
The Pirates set an all time record for the Piratefest weekend, drawing 16,839 fans, which was an increase of 1,400 over last year. The thing is, this is my fifth year as a season ticket holder, and every other year, I only received two free tickets to Piratefest. This year, I was given six. I saw some fans giving away their passes at the door. Therefore, I believe that the numbers are ‘juiced’ by the flood of free tickets that were distributed to the fan base. Yes, there’s some reason to be excited, but a 105 loss team doesn’t just draw an all time record to its Fanfest. Does anyone expect the Pirates to even approach their 2001 attendance home figure of 33,000 per game? No.
The real test of how excited this town really is about Pirates baseball will be the home attendance. We’ll see how many folks show up. By the way, the Pirates raised ticket prices for the first time in nine years this week. Season Ticket and advance purchased tickets will stay the same, but tickets purchased on the day of the game will be about an average of $3 more.
I’m hoping that attendance stays low, at least for batting practice, so it makes collecting baseballs easier, but we’ll see.
Spring Training is just around the corner. Get ready.
Holly and I decided to go to the final day of Piratefest today since we had such a good time on Friday. We had already used our early entrance tickets that came free with our account, so we had to pay $20 for two admission tickets.
I would say there was double the amount of people that were there on Friday, which created an annoyance factor that lasted throughout the day. The three day total was just over 15,000 – the third highest Piratefest attendance of all time. The number was no doubt inflated by the fact that for the first time ever, the Pirates allowed all children under 14 to attend for free. More than half of the total attendance, roughly 8,500 attended on Saturday. I’m glad I decided to stay away that day.
We walked past the MVP Zone and noticed Zach Duke and Nyjer Morgan were signing autographs. We had yet to get them to sign our team signature balls, so we waited in line.
All of the autographs on my ball are in blue ink. There are roughly 15 or so signatures on it. Duke noticed this and signed in blue ink, as any reasonable person would do. However, Nyjer took the ball and grabbed a black pen and scribbled his name on it. I was pretty mad about that.
After we got autographs we went to eat something and watch Deal or No Deal. John Grabow was the banker, while new Pirate announcer Tim Neverett was the host. I snapped a picture of the prize board. It was the same prizes that were on the board when I played last Sunday at Seven Springs.
As you recall, I ended up winning 4 tickets + I get to change third base.
We watched about a round and a half of the game. Grabow picked little kids both times out of the crowd, which rendered the sign up sheet for people wanting to play the game pointless. The first contestant eliminated both season ticket packages off the bat. The kid kept eliminating the top prizes, but Grabow’s offers kept getting better and better.
This was annoying to Holly and I, because it made the game unrealistic. We ended up leaving during the second round after Grabow kept sweeting the pot after good prizes were eliminated.
At that point, my camera had died after only a week of brand new 8x Lithium Batteries. I was mad.
Holly and I walked around and noticed that all of the booths were liquidating all of their items. There was a table set up outside of the grab bag booth. Piled high were fleece blankets, hats, bobbleheads, Pirates years books, etc. Everything on the table was $1. I bought 5 Fleece Blankets.
Also, every grab bag in the bin was half off. On Friday the prices were 1 for $20 or 2 for $35. Sunday they doubled the offer; 2 for $20 or 4 for $35. Holly and I watched as two hillbillies were being real sneaky and opening up grab bag after grab bag and peeking inside. They were looking for one of the top prizes, an ipod, airline tickets, Pirate tickets, etc. The bums searched for at least 10 minutes, and we watched in disgust. Luckily an employee finally came over and reprimanded them.
Holly bought one grab bag for $10, but there was the same old crap inside.
Later, we ran into Dan, who told us they were getting rid of everything at the chuck-a-luck wheel. We stood in line for 45 minutes to spin the wheel. The prizes were bobbleheads, plates, hats, and tickets. For every prize, they gave us FOUR items! One dollar x 5 spins (so $5) got me about 12 bobbleheads, 2 fleece blankets, a Stargell plate, 2 LF tickets, 4 hats. I had so much that I had to go over to a garbage can and take a bag off of the garbage can bag roll. In case you’re wondering what I will do with the trinkets, they’re all going on ebay. Ebay is another one of my hobbies beside baseball.
We walked around a bit more and left soon after.
All together we stayed only 3.5 hours. The best day by far to go is Friday, but if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, go Sunday.
Take a look at the autograph list of players who signed our balls over the two days of Piratefest:
I’m thinking about going to Beaver Falls on Thursday night to pick up Steve Pearce, John Grabow and Joe Kerrigan.