Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Caravan
Last night we went to the annual Pirates' winter caravan. The event was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. A had gymnastic practice til 5, so we picked her up then and went right to the event. It was about a 40 minute drive and we got there about 20 minutes early. The line was already to the door by then with about 75 or so people in front of us.
The Pirate Parrot (mascot) was walking around talking to the kids and posing for photos and a local radio station was giving out balloons. Then a couple of Pirates' interns starting making balloon animals for the kids.
By the time the event started, the line had wrapped three times, so I'm estimating about 200 people were there for autographs.
The line moved fairly quickly once they started, with only one autograph per person allowed. The Pirates' players were all friendly and happy to talk to the fans and would sign whatever you had for them or they provided little 3x4 photo cards. It was a free event. Looking forward to more autograph opportunities as the year goes on.