Turn-Back-The-Clock at PNC

From today's Post-Gazette: "Inspired by the positive comments from a turn-back-the-clock night last season, the Pirates have instituted a feature called "the quiet inning" this season. After two innings, the sound system goes silent and giant screen on the scoreboard goes blank to recall the feel of old-time baseball games. The plan is to have a quiet inning at each home game this year."

Dare I say it? Turn off the music *permanently* (or at least until the fireworks come out)! Use the Jumbotron for pictures and stats of the pitcher and batter.

Think of the marketing possibilities. Baseball for baseball fans! Baseball for kids! Baseball for families! Baseball for couples! Go out to the ballpark with your pals and enjoy the sights *and sounds* of the game! Only in Pittsburgh: *Real* baseball! Not only could the Pirates use some ideas to make more money--but not having to pay royalties to play loud '70s rock would also *save* them a lot of money.

Paraphrasing Terrence Mann (James Earl Jones) in Field of Dreams: "This field, this game, is a part of our past, Kevin. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. People will come, Kevin. People will most definitely come."


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