The Empire Strikes Black And Gold
Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting to Fans For Change: "Oh, I'm afraid PNC Park will be quite operational when your friends arrive."
Well, the protest of the Pirates organization didn't go as well as some had hoped. According the the Post Gazette, most of the 22,000 in attendance Saturday night stayed in their seats after the third inning, when the Fans For Change were hoping people would show their displeasure with 14 losing seasons by walking out of the ball park.
Still, some fun was had before the game:
"A bobblehead doll was smashed in the street as a way of telling management that real baseball fans are tired of giveaways and want to see quality baseball again."
-Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Pirates principal owner Bob Nutting responded to the bobblehead smashing by saying that he sensed the hate swelling in the rebels and that with each passing moment they made themselves more his servant.