Let’s see more of this!

The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is donating $10,000.00 to help the Bristol (VA) Challenger Little League Program. This will allow them to service children with special needs who are 15 years of age and older. Credit Jessica Griffith. Courtesy WCYB.com.

They’ve got to do something

More and more fans are being injured in Major League Baseball games from flying bats and balls going into the stands. Look how close we were to disaster yesterday in this Pittsburgh Pirates spring training game in Kissimmee, FL. Thank goodness this hero was able to react quickly enough. It seems that a solution to make things safer is not that difficult to enact. Let’s hope folks running major and minor league baseball teams act before tragedy strikes.

He hit the cover off the ball

If you haven’t seen this, take a look. Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a ball to the Pirates’ third baseman Pedro Alvarez. When the ball got to Alvarez, half the cover was torn off. He threw it anyway. Somewhere, in a baseball factory far away, a quality-control supervisor is getting reprimanded.

The ups and downs from last night’s NLDS Championship Game

As you know, last night the Cardinals defeated the Pirates in the Division series for the right to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Here is a moment shared between pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina that proves that even pro athletes have feelings. And, on the other side of the spectrum, pity the poor Pittsburgh sportscaster who tried to do a live report with the news of his team’s elimination from postseason play with dozens of rowdy Cardinals fans behind him.

This is playoff fever

Its been 21 years since they won a playoff game. So you can’t blame them for going a little nuts. A Pittsburgh hospital is decking out all newborn babies in Pirates gear. Adorable photos here.