Duck Duck Goose

A pleasant end of the work-week wishes here on the blog as we write today on a Friday from Curve, Pa.  It’s been a busy week of travel this week for some of the front office staff with the Pirates Community Commitment Program award winners being honored earlier this week at PNC Park.

Myself, along with our Community Relations Director Elsie Gibney, traveled to The Steel City to meet our award recipient Tim Alderson, who put in over 25 hours of community service work this season here in Altoona and its surrounding areas.  First up was a dinner in the Trib Total Media Hall of Fame Club on Monday night with the rest of the award winners from the respective affiliates, who were:

Triple-A Indianapolis: Jeff Clement
High-A Bradenton: Casey Sadler
Low-A West Virginia: Zach Von Rosenberg
Short-Season State College: Luis Heredia
Rookie GCL Pirates: Jhonatan Herrand
DSL Pirates 1: Arquimedes Lorenzo
DSL Pirates 2: Jose Salazar

Community Service Award of Excellence: Gavi Nivar

Our Duck Boat for the tour…quack quack quack

Pirates President Frank Coonelly along with other members of the Pirates front office staff and staff from the other minor league affiliates were on hand for the dinner, which featured a tasty pasta along with other finger-food items.  With an early turn in on Monday, everyone headed over to PNC Park on Tuesday morning to take part in a Duck Boat tour of the great city of Pittsburgh (http://www.justduckytours.com/). For those unfamiliar with what a duck boat is you can see a picture of it here (see right).  Basically it is boat/vehicle that was used during World War II that could traverse both land and sea, although it only has a top speed in the water of about 5 mph.

We all learned some pretty interesting facts from the Ducky Tour, like there are 445 total bridges in Pittsburgh area, apparently the most in the world for one single city.  If you are thinking the city of Venice had more (as I did), they only check in with 443 bridges (per our quite knowledgeable and full-of-bad-puns tour guide).  In spirit of him and the flavor of the tour, the fact that there are 445 bridges in Pittsburgh is quack-tastic to me. (insert extremely slow clap here).

In addition to all the knowledge and facts, we did get to take the boat out on the water where are very own Mr. Alderson was able to pilot the Speed Racer-like boat on the waters of the ‘Burgh.

Tim used all 5 horses to get the Duck Boat up to its coasting speed at a blistering four miles per hour (five if you’ve got the current with you)

After we made it back to land and ate some lunch, we took some time to go and visit the Warhol Museum (http://www.warhol.org/) with BP being rained out and canceled due to the day’s weather plus the Pirates late start and early arrival from Chicago the night prior.  An interesting place to visit if you’ve got a quick $20 to spend, the museum was filled with art and exhibits from the pop-artist, who was born in PA.

From there we made our way to PNC Park for the Pirates-Brewers game and headed down on to the field to await the pregame ceremony that was part of the Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies.  It was fun to be back on the field at PNC and it was once again a special treat to see a lot of the former players who have come through here in recent years like Bryan Morris, Jordy Mercer, Jared Hughes, Brock Holt (this year), Josh Harrison and Starling Marte just to name a few.  Pictured below are all the Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP)Award Recipients.

Tim Alderson (third from left) stands with the rest of the PCCP Award recipients

These players were just a part of what the entire Pirates Minor League system was able to accomplish over the course of the season.  More than 13,000 of community service have been performed by Pirates’ players since the program’s inception in 2008.

Pretty sure that none of this is on the Insanity or P90x2 diets….

Once the on-field ceremonies had been wrapped up it was time to head up to the suite level at PNC Park to take in the game and also eat some solid food.  Kebabs, hot dogs, pierogies, crab cakes, fruit, and a BLT salad were among the items in our spread but, as always, the dessert cart at PNC takes the cake (pun intended).  This cart (left) rolls by sometime around the fourth or fifth inning and you can mix and match what you’d like to top off your caloric intake for the evening.

Me personally, I opted for the Oatmeal cookie topped with some vanilla ice cream with a side of Jelly Bellys.  Others, opted for some cake and some of the other delicious food on this heavenly cart.

That pretty much wrapped up our night.  Unfortunately for us the Bucs weren’t able to pull it out, falling to the Brewers 6-0.  In closing, we’d like to thank the Pirates for having us and for instilling core community values in their players from the top down.

Other tidbits:

IT’S INTERNATIONAL LOVE: If you’ve got the itch for the World Baseball Classic already, you can tune in all weekend long online to follow all the games in the qualifying rounds that are being played in Jupiter, Fla. (Roger Dean Stadium) and in Regensburg, Germany (Armin-Wolf Baseball Arena).  If you’re interested in watching, visit http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com to grab the streams.  You might even catch some former (or future Curve) players playing as well.

ROLLING OUT THE WELCOME MAT (AGAIN): On the front office side of things, 2010 Curve Ticketing and Promotions Intern Whitney Jones has re-joined the team as a Ticket Associate so welcome back Whitney.  She re-joins the team after completing her master’s degree at IUP (apparently there is a THE in her bio that I’m not quite sure needs to be capitalized) and of course, we must share her obligatory cartoon-form.

Well that’s it for now.  Have a relaxing weekend and good luck to the Bucs and everyone’s fantasy football teams out there (mine included).  Tyler’s Broncos did NOT help me out last week when I needed it so I might be sending Peyton Manning to the bench in favor of Matty Ice.

Talk you you next week,

Mike


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