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6-19-09 and 6-20-09 Post Gazette Pavilion

I spent Friday and Saturday taking in the Dave Matthews Band at the Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown PA, which is about a half hour or so outside of Pittsburgh.

I wish I could follow DMB everywhere.  According to my concert attended list, these were my 38th and 39th shows that I’ve been to.

What concerts have I been to?  Maybe we’ve been to the same ones:
DMB 2000-07-03    Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
DMB 2002-04-05    Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2002-04-24    Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
DMB 2002-08-02    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2002-08-03    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2002-12-22    MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
D&T 2003-03-29    Holmes Center – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
DMB 2003-06-18    Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2003-06-21    Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2003-06-26    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2003-06-27    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
D&F 2003-12-12    Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2004-06-24    Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2004-06-26    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2004-06-27    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2004-10-01    Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2005-06-04    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2005-06-05    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2005-06-15    Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2005-06-25    Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2005-12-06    Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2006-06-07    Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2006-06-10    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2006-06-23    Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2006-08-02    Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2007-08-07    Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
DMB 2007-08-08    Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
DMB 2007-08-10    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2007-08-20    Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2008-05-30    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2008-05-31    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2008-06-17    Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
DMB 2008-06-18    Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DMB 2008-06-27    Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2008-07-30    Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2008-08-07    Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
DMB 2009-04-18    John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
DMB 2009-06-19    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2009-06-20    Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA

Anyway, what’s the baseball connection you might ask?  Well, I was sitting in Sec 6 Row E, directly behind a former MLB player’s box: (scroll down slowly and see if you can guess who he is)  He’s wearing black in the picture:
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Can you identify him?

I’ll give you a hint, 3 time All Star first baseman.  Played for the Indians, Reds, Pirates, Tigers and Red Sox.  C’mon….

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Its Sean Casey!!

When he walked by, I tapped him on the shoulder, “Sean, what’s up man!  Great to see you!”

He acted like he knew me.  “No way man, what’s up dude, how’ve you been.”  Then he asked my name.

I told him I was a big fan when he played for the Pirates in 2006. 

Throughout the night, I proceeded to get 5 more unsolicited high fives or handshakes from Casey.  No wonder they call him the mayor and he was voted by fellow players as the “friendliest player in baseball,” in a Sports Illustrated poll.

No one else around me knew who Sean Casey was.  Not even the security guard in the yellow recognized him.  He checked his ticket at least 3 times when Casey was coming and going.

Pretty awesome.

The second night, 6-20-09 was better.  5th row, center. 
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An amazing concert.   It was without a doubt the best concert experience ever.

Another baseball connection?  Guitarist Tim Reynolds wore a Pirates hat.

Check this review:
From antsmarching.org:
The June 20 at Star Lake outside Pittsburgh, PA was certainly one for the ages. On paper, it looks like the best show in 10 years. Yes, 10 years. But concerts aren’t played on paper, they’re played in venues, and in front of people watching the setlist on AntsLive!. Fans at the show seem to justify the reaction by those watching the setlist as it appeared. Fan reaction from those at the show justifies it as one of the best shows in a while. Reports of the band sounding sharp, energetic, and having a lot of fun are common themes in describing the show. Our own Joe M, who has now officially seen more DMB shows than Dave Matthews himself in 2009, put it at the top of his list of shows for this year a scant few seconds after Halloween ended the show. And it’s no coincidence that there were no Everyday or Stand Up songs either. If you go back to the Hartford show, Night 2, up to the June 21 show, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better run by this band in over 12 years. Really.

If given the choice of attending a DMB concert or going to a baseball game, I’d pick DMB.  Sorry, but I would.

4-18-09 PNC Park

I could only attend batting practice at today’s game because I had Dave Matthews Band tickets for later tonight.

Since today’s game was to begin at 12:35, I feared that there would be no batting practice.  Usually on day games after night games, there is no batting practice.  However, when I was walking to the Center field gate, I could see this. 
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I got to the gates at 9:45 AM, 15 minutes early, and was third in line.  There were two non-ballhawks in front of me, so I felt pretty confident about being the first person into batting practice and claiming any Easter eggs.

I was the first one to the early entrance point, but the season ticket scanner wasn’t there.  A few other security guards came and said we had to wait until the scanner showed up.  I showed them I had season tickets and I even flashed my season ticket card.  They said no one could enter until the scanner showed up.  In the mean time, there were three fans with visitor passes in the bleachers. 

Ryan Doumit crushed a homerun that landed in the bleachers.  All I could do is stand helplessly and watch one of the visitor fans walk over and pick it up.  One missed opportunity.  Doumit hit another ball that hit near the bullpen.  It bounced off a bleacher and rolled down to the front row.  Luckily, the visitors didn’t see this one.  When the employee who scans the early entrance finally showed up 6 minutes late, I ran in and claimed the Doumit HR ball.  It was ball #1.

I asked Nyjer Morgan for a baseball, but he ignored me. 
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STATISTICS:
Game:  6 Balls  (3 hit, 3 device)
Season:  26 Balls  (12 hit, 9 thrown, 5 device)
Games:  6 Games (5 with BP/ 1 without)
Average:  4.33 Balls per Game
Career:  192 Balls
Attendance:  20,755

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