I mean, look at that photo. Beautiful. PNC Park is an architectural triumph, and it’s hard to argue that with the skyline basically on top of the stadium and Roberto Clemente Bridge in the forefront, the Pirates have one of the best overall stadiums in the MLB.
But there’s more to life than a good view on a beautiful 76-degree night, and the Pirates found that out the hard way, as literally a school bus full of people went to watch their team take on the lowly Marlins on Wednesday.
The official attendance for the game was 9,043, amounting to 24% of PNC Park’s capacity. Yeah, I said the same thing when only two classmates showed up to my 11th birthday party.
No team has a shot at making the playoffs, but Pittsburgh residents aren’t exactly in line with the team’s frugality. Last offseason, owner Bob Nutting cut payroll from $86 million to $74 million, signaling to fans that they can go fuck themselves, which is why PNC Park attendance is down 37% since 2015.
Quick thought exercise: If Bryan Reynolds hits a walk-off single in the ninth, but no one sees it, did Bryan Reynolds really hit a walk-off single in the ninth?
I can think of worse things than slugging down 8-10 cold ones on a picturesque night looking out at the skyline, but I live a forgettable life.