Baseball en Former Pirate Dick Groat Revisits 1960 World Series Win <p>As the 1960 World Series exhibit continues at the Heinz History Center, we spoke with former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, who was the National League's Most Valuable Player during that memorable season.</p><p>Much of his memorabilia, including his jersey worn that season, is included in the exhibit. At one point in his career, Groat played in both the NBA and the Major Leagues and was an All-American basketball player at Duke University. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:50:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28135 at Former Pirate Dick Groat Revisits 1960 World Series Win Is Video Replay in Major League Baseball Worth the Wait? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A challenge flag is thrown, the Major League Baseball officials talk to the coach who throws it, and one official goes to a screen and reviews the play. The official comes back and rules the runner out at first base. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;scene</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;can and did happen at the Pirates' opening day Major League Baseball game,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">thanks to new rule changes that have increased the use of video replay in umpiring.</span></p><p>Are all of these replays really necessary or is it not worth the price of slowing down the game? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak&nbsp;has covered the Pirates for many years and shared his opinion on the hot topic.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27539 at Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season <p>Following their first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day Monday.</p><p>Fans flooded the North Shore for the game, with some stopping to share some thoughts on what they expect from their team this season.</p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:21:43 +0000 Ryan Loew 26793 at Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season Reasons to Travel for MLB Spring Training Part 2: The Cactus League <p>Last week <a href="">we ventured to Florida</a> to get an early look at Major League Baseball spring training in the Grapefruit League. This week, we venture west to see the players in action in the Cactus League.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme&nbsp; says spring training is the time to see a lot of teams in the cactus league that you wouldn’t ordinarily see. Check out a list of her recommendations: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:14:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25833 at Reasons to Travel for MLB Spring Training Part 2: The Cactus League 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training <p>This month the call of “play ball” will be heard in ballparks around the country.</p><p>Fans of the game who want an early look at the boys of summer may want to venture to Florida to participate in the annual spring training games for Major League Baseball.</p><p>Correspondent Elaine Labalme discussed the five benefits of traveling to these games. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:13:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25423 at 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? <p>From the days of the first World Series game, played here in 1903, Pittsburgh was considered a baseball town. That is, until the Steel Curtain and the Super Steelers seemed to take over in the 1970s.</p><p>But <a href="">Bob Dvorchak</a>, sportswriter emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and creator of the website <a href="">Sports ‘n ‘at</a>, has a different view of Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh is an event town.” Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:11:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17758 at Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? Pirates Move on to NLDS After Beating Reds 6-2 <p>Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down.<br /><br />&quot;Feels good,&quot; McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. &quot;I could get used to this.&quot;<br /><br />So could the city he plays in.<br /><br />After an absence of two decades, playoff baseball is back in Pittsburgh. And it&#39;s not going anywhere for a while.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:05:33 +0000 Will Graves | The Associated Press 17507 at Pirates Post-Season Travel <p>After more than two decades, the Pirates will finally play in the post-season.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her favorite hangouts in potential Pirates playoff cities. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:23:25 +0000 Katie Blackley 17202 at Pirates Post-Season Travel When the Pirates Win, So Do Local Businesses <p>Walk around town these days and you’re just about as likely to see someone sporting a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt as you are someone in Steelers garb.</p><p>Much of the Bucos team gear has been purchased this season as the Pirates won more games than they lost for the first time in 21 years and won back the hearts of fans that can’t remember the last time they had a reason to cheer on the home team in September.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:37:56 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16880 at When the Pirates Win, So Do Local Businesses Pirates' 1-0 Win at Texas Clinches Winning Season <p>Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.<br><br>With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.<br><br>"It's going to touch a lot of people on a lot of different levels. We are aware of it," Hurdle said. "Everybody's here for a reason, and that's to knock down things we haven't done in a long time."<br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:29:56 +0000 The Associated Press 16260 at After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans <p></p><p>The year 1992 was an exceptional time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Steelers finished first in their division, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Pirates made it to the playoffs. Little did baseball fans know then that it would be two decades before the Pirates would have another winning season.</p><p>Now the Pirates are a handful of games away from ending the skid.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:50:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15232 at After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans Bob Dvorchak on Steroids in Baseball <p>Professional sports have an extensive history with performance enhancing drugs. From a mandatory training supplement to a pill that can lead to professional suspension, steroids have always been prevalent. But each sport has dealt with users differently. Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus, says while major sports are implementing tough drug tests and punishments for users, steroids won’t be out of the athletic scene any time soon. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:10:32 +0000 Katie Blackley 15089 at Bob Dvorchak on Steroids in Baseball The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks <p>For many, the summer months usher in the long standing tradition of a baseball pilgrimage. Baseball lovers roam the nation soaking up the atmosphere of the nation’s many ballparks.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme undertook such a pilgrimage, exploring the midwest’s best ballyards. From singing the Beer Barrel Polka with Brewers fans, to enjoying Minneapolis’s artist designed mini-golf and St. Louis’s amazing barbecue which she describes as “an 11 on a scale of one to ten,” Labalme has plenty to say about her wonderful experiences in each town.</p><p>As for where the parks stack up, Labalme says Kansas City comes out on top, adding that “the fans had a lot to do with it.” Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:44:22 +0000 John Lavanga 14931 at The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80 <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Tomorrow night at&nbsp;Citi&nbsp;Field in New York, the American League will play the National League in the&nbsp;80<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual All Star Game. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus <a href=""><strong>Bob&nbsp;Dvorchak&nbsp;</strong></a>explains the origins of the game in Chicago, Pittsburgh’s experience hosting the All Stars and the modern character of the game.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:23:50 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13152 at Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80 R.A. Dickey Pitches Memoirs and the Knuckleball <p><a href="'R'&amp;sectionType=career&amp;statType=2&amp;season=2013&amp;level='ALL'">Toronto Blue Jays pitcher,</a>R.A. Dickey is a religious man, a family man and the only pitcher in the major leagues that still throws a unique pitch known as the knuckleball.&nbsp; He addresses all of this in his book, <a href=""><u>Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball </u></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, after pitching for the New York Mets, <a href="">Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win the prestigious National League Cy Young Award</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:40:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12742 at R.A. Dickey Pitches Memoirs and the Knuckleball