Pittsburgh Pirates Notch Sellout Thanks To Huey Lewis

June 12, 2011 – 10:12 pm by Hickey

As I perused the baseball box scores on Sunday, I noticed something peculiar at the bottom of the box for Saturday night’s Mets-Pirates game.


As in the number of people that showed up for a Pirates game. In Pittsburgh. It was the team’s fourth sellout of the season and the third-largest crowd in the 11-year history of PNC Park.

What explanation could there be for this phenomenon?

Is it the Pirates outstanding record?

Certainly 31-33 is nice for the standard set by the Buccos over the past two decades, but it shouldn’t be enough to push the crowd over 30,000 on its own merits.

Was it an exciting opponent?

Uh, no. We’re talking about the Mets. Unless all 39,273 fans were accountants, there’s nothing to see here.

Was baseball’s next amazing phenom playing?

Nope. Stephen Strasburg is out for the year and Bryce Harper is still a year away from making the bigs for the Nationals.

So what explanation is left? Could it be… the power of love?

Yes folks, the reason for Saturday’s sellout was none other than the legendary Huey Lewis & The News, who held a postgame concert. Actually, to get a sellout the Pirates not only had to get Huey in the building, they also shot off fireworks. And how can you beat that combination?

This was a total coup for the Pirates marketing people, who clearly must have said to themselves, “Who can we book that was huge the last time we were good? Call Huey!”

Yes folks, the heart of rock and roll is still beating… in Pittsburgh.



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  1. 5 Responses to “Pittsburgh Pirates Notch Sellout Thanks To Huey Lewis”

  2. Maybe those people just wanted a new drug, one that wouldn’t make them sick.

    By BKM on Jun 13, 2011

  3. The power of love is such a curious thing.

    By MJenks on Jun 13, 2011

  4. Ah – a strategy for taking on dwindling attendance on the North Side of Chicago. Excellent.

    By Ace on Jun 13, 2011

  5. I’m not surprised the Pirates have trouble drawing – but I am shocked that Huey Lewis packs them in. Maybe some of the fans took they DeLorean there ?

    By SportShouting.com on Jun 14, 2011

  6. How can you be shocked that Huey Lewis packed people in? The man is a genius. A genius I tell you!

    By Phillips on Jun 14, 2011

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