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.