PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have made 16 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in the 21 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will face the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wild-card game Tuesday, last played in Major League Baseball's postseason.
The magnitude of Pittsburgh’s baseball team snapping its playoff drought, MLB's second-longest behind the Kansas City Royals' 27-year absence, was not lost on the Penguins, who played a post-practice game of wiffle ball on Consol Energy Center's ice to celebrate the occasion Tuesday.
That's right -- a game of wiffle ball, with a spray-painted pitcher's mound, bases and batter's boxes on the same ice where two games of last season's Eastern Conference Final took place.
"[Playing baseball on ice] doesn't feel anything like it feels on grass," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, a former catcher, said. "No slides, number one, and it's pretty tough to play wiffle ball on the ice. I've never really done that before."