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PNC Park tour kicks off RADical Days

PNC Park tour participants look out from the Pirates pressbox on Sept. 24, 2014.  Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
PNC Park tour participants look out from the press box.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

By Haley Wisniewski, Point Park News Service:

Senior citizens who had seen the Pirates play at Forbes Field and families with children riding in strollers took a free tour of PNC Park on Wednesday to kick off RADical Days 2014.

Guide Joe Espey greeted a tour group with, “Welcome to the most beautiful ballpark in the world.” Espey described the joy people feel when they see the park: “When people come in, they look around like it’s Christmas morning.”

At the Legacy Theatre, Espey started the tour with the statues outside and the memorabilia, from the oldest uniforms to a modern jersey worn by centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. On a wall by itself was a jersey worn by Roberto Clemente. The tour continued to the Pirates’ locker room — where cameras were not permitted — followed by stops at the batting cages, the Pirates’ dugout and the press box.

Craig Romanovich, of Greentree, toured the park with his wife and daughter.

“I am a huge Pirates fan. It’s great that they did this tour, especially after we clinched a playoff spot,” Romanovich said.

Walking out of the park after the tour, Romanovich said to his daughter, “Hey Sophia, what do the Pirates say?”

“Argh!” she replied.

For more information about RADical days, an annual event offering free admission to a variety of Pittsburgh-area events and attractions, visit the website.

Guide Joe Espey talks about the history of Pirates players to his tour group at PNC Park on Sept. 24, 2014. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Guide Joe Espey talks about the history of Pirates players to his tour group at PNC Park.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Craig Romanovich, of Greentree, takes a picture of what he says is one of the greatest quotes in baseball, during a free tour of PNC Park on Sept. 24, 2014. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Kids check out the Pirates batting cages during a free tour of PNC Park on Sept. 24, 2014. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Kids check out the Pirates’ batting cages.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Carson and Maisie Beard hang outside of the Pirates dugout during a free tour of PNC Park on Sept. 24, 2014. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Carson and Maisie Beard hang outside of the Pirates’ dugout.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
The view from the Pirates dugout during a tour at PNC Park on Sept. 24, 2014. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
The view from the Pirates’ dugout.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
PNC Park tour participants look out from the Pirates dugout on Sept. 24, 2014.  Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
PNC Park tour participants look out from the Pirates’ dugout.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

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