Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Keeping with my summer program, this post will let the pictures tell the story. Once again, since WordPress found it easier to break the Classic Gallery than to fix the Block Galleries, if you want to see any of the longer comments, you have to click the ‘i’ in the circle. If you’re wondering why I don’t suggest that they fix that – I did – two years ago. They said, “write shorter comments.”

During our visit to Pittsburgh (western Pennsylvania for those not in the US), we attended a baseball game. Our favorite way to get to the game is to take the shuttle operated by the Gateway Clipper riverboat fleet. It’s a little more expensive, but you get two boat rides and avoid all the traffic. It’s nostalgic for me, as I worked on those riverboats when I was in high school.

PNC Park, where the Pirates play, is one of the prettiest major league ballparks in the country. I hope you enjoy the gallery.


  1. “Family Fun”. It looks like that’s exactly what you and Faith are having…FUN! I like the Mr. Rogers Memorial. Plain but classy, like him. That’s a big boat. For some reason I thought they were smaller. It must’ve been fun to work on one of these. Nice shots of lights reflecting off the water. And that bunny with the sun lighting up one ear. Love it.

    Here’s hoping you have a great week. Weather looks pretty decent…..but this is only Monday!🤗

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    • Thanks
      Ginger. The Empress II is still the largest boat in the fleet I think there are 8 or 9 boats now. They renamed the :Party Liner: for its 50th birthday, but it’s the same boat that I worked on in 1971.

      It’s hard to see, but Mr Rogers is sitting there, patient as ever.

      I love the reflections. I thought I had to include a river bunny for River. We ate dinner out on the patio by the river the first night we were there.

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  2. What fun! I loved the photo story, Dan. I’ve only been to Pittsburgh once, long ago in the mid of winter. Your photos display a city I’ve not seen — beautiful. Some day… 😊

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    • I know its where I grew up, but I think it’s a beautiful city. When I was living there, there was very little built up around the rivers. The owner of the Gateway Clipper fleet is credited with highlighting the benefit of taking advantage of the city’s riverfront for tourism.


  3. I didn’t know there was a Mr Rogers Memorial. Very nice. ‘Write shorter comments’–that’s some kind of help for you. The comments showed great, though. No clicking on the ‘circle i’ for me! Your ballfield is really pretty. I’d probably be looking at more than just the game with that beautiful water view. Happy Monday to you, Dan.

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    • Thanks Mary. We had four games to choose from. Thankfully, we skipped the 3-game series with your guys – that was a disaster. We weren’t expecting a win – the Pirates are awful this year – but being in the stadium is a special kind of experience. Winning made it that much better.


  4. I have’t been to a professional baseball game in a long time. I like the atmosphere in a stadium, and don’t care which team I’m supposed to be rooting for. It’s the experience for me, but if the hometown team wins… who am I to complain?

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  5. Hi Dan – it’s worth paying a little more for comfort and ease of passage – great to see the three of you enjoying yourselves … looks like fun – cheers Hilary

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  6. Beautiful photos, Dan! I love the flags in the ball park, the golden bridge, and the Mr. Rogers Memorial. Can you tell me a little more about it? Taking the river to the game sounds perfect!

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  7. How cool is this! I would definitely have opted for the boat rides. You have such a colorfully diverse work history, Dan. These are great photos. Coming form the south, I love riverboats. 👍🏻

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    • I would take the riverboat even if I hadn’t worked on them, Cheryl. It’s by far the easiest way to get to the ballpark, and they drop you off much closer than even the most expensive parking lot.


  8. Great pictures….so cool!! Haven’t been at a game in three years….miss going out to them!! When we were still in San Diego, my wife and I would go to a Friday Night Padre game at Petco park downtown by the bay. Beautiful ball park and great food (team was never that great but it was always fun). We did a few Diamondbacks games in the three years we were over in Phoenix and now we aren’t that far from Dodger Stadium….we got our vaccines there, but never been to a game. A must before we move up to Seattle.

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    • It’s tough being at the bottom of the rankings, but it is fun to go be in the park. We might have seen the best game they’ll play in the second half of this season, Paul. They beat the Phillies 7-0.


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