- Grove City, Pennsylvania


November 21, 2012

EXTRA INNINGS: Pirates tickets go on sale

OPINION — ALTHOUGH IT it surprisingly hasn’t been publicized much, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now selling individual game tickets for the 2013 season.

While the “official” date for the public sale date is “Black Friday”—November 23 starting at 10 a.m., the team is already in the midst of special pre-sale dates.

Those fans who are full- or half-season ticket holders were able to buy tickets starting Monday; those with 20- or 10-game plans could buy tickets yesterday, while those who are registered users on or social media followers can order today. Fans without ticket plans may visit and sign up as a registered user for e-mail alerts and discounts to be able to purchase tickets today, before they go on sale to the general public.

Just go to, select the tickets tab, provide the info to receive the E-Bucs Newsletter, and click to register.

Fans may also follow the Pirates' social media via Twitter (@Pirates)  and Facebook ( to qualify for the early sale.

Those who do not fall into any of the above methods may buy tickets starting at 10 .m. Friday in four ways: going on-line at, calling 877-893-2827 to use a credit card, stopping at PNC Park’s box office, or visiting Pirates ticket kiosks at South Hills Village or Ross Park Mall.

A press release touts Pirates individual game tickets as “an incredible family value.” The release says that a family of four can sit in the upper grandstand between the bases for $50 for one of 14 premium games ($15 per adult ticket, $10 per kid ticket). Premium games are all Saturdays and opening day.

The same seats for any one of 67 regular games is $38 ($12 for each adult ticket, $7 for each kid ticket).

What they don’t tell you is that those same seats this past season cost $32 dollars, which translates into a 19 percent increase for the regular games and a 56 percent hike for premium games.

And if you’re buying single tickets, you’ll pay 20 percent more than last year ($12 instead of $10) for non-Saturday and non-opening day games and 50 percent more than last year ($15 instead of $10) for the home opener and all Saturday games.

Not as “incredible” as it seems, no?

Still, Pirates tickets are a good deal when compared with other sporting events. For example, full-season ticket plans start at $449 ($5.54 a game). Even some high school and college games can cost more than that.

Fans also now can purchase tickets for PirateFest from noon-7 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. A season ticket-only Fest will be on December 14. The events are at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

ä JUAN THAT GOT AWAY: Going into 2012, the Pirates had to feel good about their supposed outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley. But when Tabata proved to be a complete bust and Presley unable to come close to his 2011 performance, the Bucs tried Nate McLouth, Drew Sutton, Gorkys Hernandez, and Travis Snyder. Only mid-season call-up Starling Marte is a sure bet to join Cutch in the 2013 Pirates outfield.

Lacking a leadoff hitter with base-stealing ability last year, the Bucs missed an opportunity to sign a possible solution or at least a better bench player than we’ve had recently, when outfielder Juan Pierre signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Marlins.

The 35-year-old hit .307 with 37 stolen bases in 130 games with the 2012 Phillies. In his 13 big league seasons, Pierre is a career .297 hitter who has 2,141 hits and 591 stolen bases.

Generally regarded as one of the hardest workers in the game and known as a quiet leader, he certainly would have looked good in black and gold this year. After the Bucs spent $15.4 million last winter to sign free agents Rod Barajas, Clint Barmes, Erik Bedard, and McLouth, Pierre would have been a bargain.

Jim Sankey is a baseball columnist for Allied News.


Text Only
  • THE CHECKERED FLAG: April should bring welcome return of local racing

    MOTHER NATURE’S last stronghold on winter may slowly be releasing her grip as the calendar changes to April and racing begins to get under way throughout the region. 
    Locally, nothing has happened yet, but that may soon be changing. Mercer had to postpone their “Chiller Thriller” to this Saturday (April 5), weather permitting, featuring the NDRL Northeast Super Late Models, NDRL E-Mods, Crate Late Models, and Stock Cars. Mercer’s regular season opener featuring their weekly divisions of “410” Sprints, “358” Modifieds, “305” Sprints, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks has now been pushed back to April 12. 

    April 6, 2014

  • Dishing off Mercer boys bow in Guerino finals

    The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
    The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
    In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTRA INNINGS: Bonds ruined opening day for Pirates fans

    As this column begins today its 47th year, longtime readers no doubt expected to find what they have found at the beginning of every baseball season — predictions for upcoming summer.
    And as I sat down last week to start to put together some ideas for today’s entry, that is fully what I anticipated would fill this space.
    Well, I’m as surprised as you are; 2014’s season prognostications must wait until next week.
    I just can’t get past the fact that club president Frank Coonelly thought the celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years should include Barry Bonds.
    You gotta be kidding me!

    April 3, 2014

  • NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U

    Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).

    October 19, 2011

  • steez pc.jpg NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return

    Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • wheldon, dan pc.jpg IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life

    Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.

    October 19, 2011 3 Photos

  • pens pc.jpg NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2

    The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • canadiens logo pc.jpg NHL Quick glance: Montreal at Pittsburgh

    A breakdown of the National Hockey League game Thursday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Montreal Canadiens.

    October 19, 2011 4 Photos

  • High School Highlights: Oct. 19, 2011

    A look at the last few days in local high school fall sports action.

    October 19, 2011

  • washington, ron pc.jpg Leading Off: Oct. 19, 2011

    News and notes from the local, regional and national sports scene.

    October 19, 2011 5 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide