Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 5: NY Mets versus Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh, June 10, 2011

The highlight for Pittsburgh Pirate fans tonight in the game against the New York Mets was the Pierogi race.  More about that later.

We left Detroit this morning in the rain headed for Pittsburgh.  First though, we stopped by the location of the old Tiger Stadium at Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue, now just a big field with a flagpole.

We arrived in Pittsburgh at 4:30 and we went to eat at Bravo Franco Ristorante in downtown Pittsburgh.  The food and service were very good, although online reviews are not that favorable.  So why did we go.  We just happened to ask a young man if he had a favorite nearby restaurant.  He said Bravo Franco and admitted that he was a waiter there on his way to work.  So we followed.
We had the house special, veal flank, along with a lump crab appetizer.  Living high.

Lots going on in downtown Pittsburgh, but after dinner we headed across the bridge to the ball park.

Lots going on by the ball park too.

And just one block from the ball park, the Andy Warhol Museum (Soup and Marilyn anyone)

On to the game between the Mets and Pirates.  The stadium was about 3/4 full (rare for Pittsburgh) on a beautiful Friday night.  The Pirates tied the score 1 to 1 in the bottom of the 1st.

After that it was 3 hours of boredom and pain for the Pirate fans who really suffered in the top of the 4th inning when the Mets rounded the bases 5 times with great assistance from 2 Pirate errors.
The Pirates have a beautiful stadium overlooking the river and downtown Pittsburgh.
But the highlight this night was the race of pierogis

Singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch was the other excitement for the Pirate fans.

One last shot of the ball park from the bridge.
On Saturday, we go to Baltimore, another great place to watch a game.

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