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    Default Pirates just don't get it...

    "Ballpark gates were closed until 5:30, so the son's audience was mostly media, family and ushers, one of whom exclaimed upon his entrance into the batting cage: "Woo-hoo." Show time.

    Seven minutes later, at 5 p.m. Alvarez clunked a BP homer directly over the 325-foot sign in left. His second one hit off Section 142, Row M, Seat 8, about 6 feet from clearing the entire stands.

    About a minute later, he hit one into the Allegheny."


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    Why is batting practice closed off?

    I remember that was my favorite part of going to games as a kid. We would get there early and watch all of the guys hit while music played at Three Rivers. It was fun. It built excitement for the game and got me more interested in the players.

    Hell, Wrigley opens early and the concession stands sell food for half price before the first pitch. They want you there for BP.

    How many fans do you think would have liked to have seen Alvarez take BP?
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    All are excellent points!




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    "Ballpark gates were closed until 5:30, so the son's audience was mostly media, family and ushers, one of whom exclaimed upon his entrance into the batting cage: "Woo-hoo." Show time.

    Seven minutes later, at 5 p.m. Alvarez clunked a BP homer directly over the 325-foot sign in left. His second one hit off Section 142, Row M, Seat 8, about 6 feet from clearing the entire stands.

    About a minute later, he hit one into the Allegheny."


    Read more: http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10168/...#ixzz0r7M3rfj4


    Why is batting practice closed off?

    I remember that was my favorite part of going to games as a kid. We would get there early and watch all of the guys hit while music played at Three Rivers. It was fun. It built excitement for the game and got me more interested in the players.

    Hell, Wrigley opens early and the concession stands sell food for half price before the first pitch. They want you there for BP.

    How many fans do you think would have liked to have seen Alvarez take BP?

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    The Pirates as an organization make a lot of really weird decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waiting for LaRoche View Post
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    "Ballpark gates were closed until 5:30, so the son's audience was mostly media, family and ushers, one of whom exclaimed upon his entrance into the batting cage: "Woo-hoo." Show time.

    Seven minutes later, at 5 p.m. Alvarez clunked a BP homer directly over the 325-foot sign in left. His second one hit off Section 142, Row M, Seat 8, about 6 feet from clearing the entire stands.

    About a minute later, he hit one into the Allegheny."


    Read more: http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10168/...#ixzz0r7M3rfj4


    Why is batting practice closed off?

    I remember that was my favorite part of going to games as a kid. We would get there early and watch all of the guys hit while music played at Three Rivers. It was fun. It built excitement for the game and got me more interested in the players.

    Hell, Wrigley opens early and the concession stands sell food for half price before the first pitch. They want you there for BP.

    How many fans do you think would have liked to have seen Alvarez take BP?
    Washington opens their center field gate at 4:00 so fans can watch BP.

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    Default Re: Pirates just don't get it...

    You can watch BP if you have a season plan (at least 20 games).

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    You can watch BP if you have a season plan (at least 20 games).
    I knew there had to be a catch I couldn't figure out how this would make sense from a business stand point. IF the Nutting Empire is all about snagging money, opening the gates earlier would help out there with concessions for sure. The workers are already there most likely anyways.

    Very strange. I haven't seen BP since I was little and have a hard time imagining being at a game 2-3 hours early just to catch BP.
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    I knew there had to be a catch I couldn't figure out how this would make sense from a business stand point. IF the Nutting Empire is all about snagging money, opening the gates earlier would help out there with concessions for sure. The workers are already there most likely anyways.

    Very strange. I haven't seen BP since I was little and have a hard time imagining being at a game 2-3 hours early just to catch BP.
    You'd think you'd want to let ALL fans in early...you need to increase passion for the team...the Pirates are just a really weirdly run organization...a lot of moves you just want to shake your head at.
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    You'd think you'd want to let ALL fans in early...you need to increase passion for the team...the Pirates are just a really weirdly run organization...a lot of moves you just want to shake your head at.
    Increasing passion for the team is meaningless. The only thing that does that is winning. Words like "passion" are just taglines used by management, coaches and marketing departments for Pro Sports team.

    If anything, I view not opening the gates earlier as a poor business move. Bad enough the Pirates are averaging 3rd lowest in the league 17,578 fans. That low number eats into concessions and merchandise sales which this teams desperately needs and the fan base should want to see increase because higher sales there means higher payroll in the future. Allowing these people to come in earlier to see BP, they are going to hit concession stands. Hell, maybe sell a couple of packages to go down to the field to see BP live. There's 82 home games a year, maximize the profit.

    There's so much that the Nuttings don't do to maximize profits that blows up in the faces of the Bob nutting conspiracy theorists and bashers. Ticket prices haven't increase in great many years, the Pirates have some of the lowest concession prices in all of baseball, merchandise at PNC Park is actually pretty low. Costs the same and sometimes more for the same products at Dick's Sporting Goods ... There's a lo tmore maximizing ownership could do to bring in more profits and doesn't. some will say "well, they can't because of the back-lash" which is pure bull****. The Nuttings receive back-lash for anything and everything. At this point it wouldn't really matter if they were truly the evil empire that many casual no-nothings accuse them of being.
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