PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, may not be hosting baseball games yet, as MLB continues to discuss a start date for the 2020 season. However, the Pirates did put on a special event this weekend to lift spirits: the team honored healthcare workers, who've sacrificed so much during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates partnered with Allegheny Health Network to organize a unique event at PNC Park known as "Heroes Day" for nurses and other healthcare workers battling COVID-19 in the area.
As part of the event, local health care staffs were invited to PNC Park to participate in activities on the field meant to recognize them for the work they are doing during these times.
Activities included holding a public address announcement in the stadium to announce the workers as if they were a member of the Pirates' lineup, as well as video tributes on the outfield scoreboard. They were able to spend the time on the stadium grass enjoying the weather and perhaps tossing around a baseball in their own Pirates jerseys.
And, yes, the grass featured a pretty awesome rebrand for the occasion -- the Pirates logo got a mask of its own right behind home plate, proving that the city is still doing what it can to stay safe.
Heroes Day was not the first event the Pirates and AHN put together since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In March, the two groups came together to support health care workers by purchasing them pizzas as a thank you for their hard work.
In both instances, the Pittsburgh Pirates are showing the country that it is important to continue supporting those who are working tirelessly to make sure our normalcy, and our baseball, return soon.