I scored my first press pass, Part one.
Saturday was a day I will never forget.
When the Pirates are at home I always like to head to the ballpark early to watch both teams take batting pratice. This Saturday however, I arrived earlier for a much different view of PNC Park.
Upon arrival I was presented with this:
I must admit, I was pretty excited. It was my very first press pass. But hopefully not the last. The first place I was taken to was to check out the FSN truck. The guys that worked in there were really cool. I got to see all the different departments. The pictures turned out pretty blury though. I saw where they do the audio, all the different views of the cameras, etc. I even saw where they imput the scores, stats and trivia questions onto the T.V.
After we left there, we headed down to the Pirates dugout. Deep breath. I got chills when I saw this:
I proceded down the stairs and out into the dugout.
I had to control myself, the kid in me wanted to put on a batting helmet and swing one of the players bats around. I thought better of it though. I didn’t want to press my luck.
The phones to call the Bullpen.
And of course, I had to get my picture taken hanging out on the bench.
Have you ever wondered what the view is like from where the players sit during the game?
After I finished taking a bunch of pictures, I sat and watched the Pirates take BP on THEIR bench, drinking THEIR gatorade. It was pretty awesome.
I said hello to a few of the players and chatted with Tony Beasley for a few minutes. He was very nice and asked where my season ticket was. When I pointed it out, he told me he would tip his cap to me later during the game. What a cool guy!
After the Pirates were done I headed on the rest of my tour. But not before I snagged up a cup full of this:
Dirt. Hell yes!
The rest of my adventure will be in part two.