When people ask what I do for a living, the answer is simple and to the point.
I watch baseball.
Now of course that is not all I do, but it's a big part of my job. And I am blessed to be able to go to so many games - Tuesday night's Astros-Pirates affair was my 38th game of the season.
And 38 was special. I have seen a lot of ballparks, but PNC Park tops them. This place has it all - great sightlines, an energetic crowd hungry for a winner and incredible views of an underated city. I go to Yankee Stadium quite a bit, but that's a museum. PNC is a ballpark.
Case in point: Two gentlemen asked me to sit down at Yankee Stadium. It was the bottom of the ninth. And Derek Jeter was at the plate, serving as the potential winning run. I was shocked.
In Pittsburgh, fans stood and cheered all night long. To top it off, the Buccos raised the Jolly Roger with a walk-off win. Pittsburgh is eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1992 season.
Full disclosure: Despite attending more than 500 MLB games, I had not witnessed a walk-off homer in the flesh until Jim Thome ended the Phillies' 7-6 win over the Rays on June 23 with this historic blast. Drew Sutton makes it two-for-Penn ballparks.
This #ASGAdventure now takes us to Busch Stadium in St. Louis and then Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the All-Star Game.
But PNC will be hard to top.
- Arturo Pardavila III