Watching the River AND the Ball Game @ PNC Park

Drove back from Columbus to Pittsburgh with the youngest three grandchildren for a vacation at Grandma’s House.

We went downtown toPNC Park to see  the Pirates game. It was Pittsburgh Public Schools Night.

Wasn’t sure how I’d manage with all three ( 5, 7 and almost 9) but it was fine. There was a mixture of fun and boredom for them.

A hot summer night.  No rain. Saw a lot of students from school and the grandchildren seemed fascinated as the kids called my name.

 

Our seats had a great vantage point for the activity on the Allegheny River, too.

 

Gateway Clipper Ships

Gateway Clipper Ships Pass Under Roberto Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River

 

 

Pirates Pitcher

Anticipating the release of the pitch      Pirates lost to Cincinnati Reds 6-5

 

 

IMG_9437Entertaining the crowd

 

Cotton Candy Man

Always like to get a shot of the Cotton Candy Man

 

 

Barges and tug boat

 

 

 

 

Grandkids on way home

A lot of energy left at 10 PM. Home to Grandma’s House.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ball game

Sweets to the Suites at PNC Park

It was a busy and happy weekend with the grandsons staying over two nights, the family wedding on Saturday  and some generous neighbors/friends inviting Steve and me to accompany them to a Pirates Game at PNC Park.

It was good to have an activity and a place to go after the kids left, so I didn’t have time to be in a quiet, empty house on a Sunday afternoon or think about going to school tomorrow to finish the grades and end out the school year this week.

We had the luxury of excellent seats (thanks, Rich) and as the game progressed (Pirates lost to Brewers 1-zip which was unfortunate) we were asked if we would enjoy something from the dessert cart.  Who knew there was a dessert cart in the suites section of the private boxes?  Certainly not us.  Steve and I are usually getting those fifteen dollar last minute, last row seats as high as you can go.

Our host treated us to lemon cake (although there was quite a variety to choose from.   Tim (in the black shirt and gold tie) described each of the desserts with great flourish and he created sundaes for the kids and added a dollop of ice cream to a slice of cake.

I asked him if I could photograph him and at first there is a bit of awkwardness for about two seconds and then he relaxed and we worked together to get his result.

 

Thanks Tim.  ( and Matt is writing up the check which our host graciously picked up) The desserts are baked on the premises.  By Levy Restaurants.  I asked!

 

Tim and the Dessert Cart

 

Tim makes a sundae

 

 

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Tim and our host Rich.   You might remember Rich as the local man who discovered a new use for the newspaper sleeve on my 777th post

 

 

 

I tasted the root beer cake.  It tasted like root beer.

 

 

and a couple of photos from the excellent seats

the rain held off although we got drenched from a cloud burst as we walked to the T (subway)

 

IMG_0487 I like to practice my timing and I was able to capture McCutcheon hitting the ball.

 

 

Pirate Parrot hatA fun hat in the next box

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Great seats today, thanks Rich.

 

 

IMG_0406This boy caught a foul boy.  He was so excited.

 

 

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Can you spot the two birds on a wire, watching the game!

 

 

 

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As we were leaving with some fellow baseball fans

 

 

 

groundskeepers

I almost forgot    One of my favorites to watch- the groundskeepers team.

 

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Getting on the T   I don’t think I have ever ridden it before but am trying to remember.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

This image is saturated all right.  Not sure if it looks rich or garish.

Here are the groundskeepers hosing the infield before the Pirates game at PNC Park last week.

Pre-game hosing is just one of the times the groundskeepers water it down. (see article like below)

As far as the saturated goes with th color, I beefed up the green a tad.  I don’t mess with saturation much.

 

I liked the multiple meaning of saturation for the challenge

 

Infield Baseball

You can click here to read an article about how the Groundskeepers maintain the field in a Behind the Scenes look at all it takes.  The article has a graphic showing how the field works.

Happy Father’s Day to my Son

Happy Father’s Day!

I’m a proud mom!  Here is my son Mark who is a wonderful father to Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura. (Excellent Mom Erika, too)

 

Maura comes home

Bringing Maura home November 2008

No matter the season…………….

Mark and Michael at Baseball

Coaching Michael

Jack sledding

Sledding with Jack

At the Pirates Game  Willie Stargell Statue- Mark with Anna and Maura       (and Grandma on camera)IMG_2444

PNC Park Pittsburgh PA

(and if you are new to following the blog you might enjoy this Father’s Day Tribute to my father) Continue reading