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 H...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.