Pirates' Pre-Game Handshakes in League of Their Own

They may look a bit ridiculous (bordering on silly) but who in their right mind would tell them to stop?


Don't be surprised if this catches on at your child's Little League games. 

When it comes to pre-game handshake routines, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in a league of their own. Watch as the combination of fist bumping, dancing and gyrations begins with Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison and eventually works it way through the entire dugout.

What's more fun than watching grown men carry on like a couple of 9 year olds? 

––Richard Cook


photo via flickr


#BackOn: Pens Playoff Viewing Party

What has become an annual rite of spring –– watching the Penguins in the NHL Playoffs outside on the big screen with a few thousand screaming fans –– was not supposed to happen this year, at least during the first round.

The Penguins first blamed it on construction going on across from the Consol Energy Center. 

But that all changed late Tuesday afternoon when the team announced that the big video board would be be moved from from its usual Civic Arena site to the Peoples Gate at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place.

“Our original decision was that we wouldn’t be able to do it because of the construction, but interest in a big screen from our fans and Mayor Peduto was so overwhelming that we came up with this solution,” Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said in a statement. “We invite fans who don’t have tickets to join us here by watching Penguins playoff hockey on the big screen at the Peoples Gate. It is sure to add to the festive playoff atmosphere.”

The video board will display only the home games in the first round.





#RecordGiveaway: Free Vinyl at Jerry's

Saturday is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independently owned record stores. At Jerry’s Records, Squirrel Hill’s iconic record store, that means a 20,000 record giveaway. Yes, giveaway, as in FREE vinyl.

Jerry’s will give the records away in closed boxes of 100, meaning you won’t know exactly what you've gotten until you open the box.

“It will be about two or three times what I usually give out,” owner Jerry Weber told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I want to clear out the Bargain Basement a little.”

Weber is planning to close the Bargain Basement eventually, a section of the store that he opened in 2013 which holds more than 100,000 records priced at $1 or $2 apiece.

Because Jerry’s trades exclusively in used vinyl, it will not be carrying this year’s Record Store Day exclusive albums. Those can be found at The Attic in Millvale, Sound Cat in Bloomfield, Eide's Entertainment Downtown and Stedeford's on the North Side, according to the PG.

Jerry’s will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 2136 Murray Ave., second floor.

––Brian Trimboli


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