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.