In television reporting classes, they teach you to never start your story with video of a building. Buildings don't move. Buildings don't have feelings. People empathize with other people, not with buildings.
Ballparks are not other buildings. People romanticize about their ballparks and some cry when they are torn down. We as baseball fans love places like Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field as more than mere buildings. Part of that is the history of those parks. We call them "hallowed."
Pirates fans have loved PNC Park as a venue in its decade-plus of existence. It is well-situated, scenic, cozy and near-perfect for watching games.
The park lacks history, though. There have been great moments, personified by the likes of Brian Giles, Rob Mackowiak, Homer Bailey, Ryan Howard and Freddy Sanchez. Those men and others created fond memories, but there has never really been a Pirates moment at PNC Park worthy of immortalization into a painting or even a moderately-sized ...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.