One night ahead of their first home National League Division Series tilt with the St. Louis Cardinals, a group of Pittsburgh Pirates settled into a suite at CONSOL Energy Center to watch the Penguins host the Sabres on Saturday night and show support for their Pittsburgh sports brethren.
Pirates in attendance included Andrew McCutchen, Russell Martin, Michael McKenry, Clint Barmes, Gerrit Cole, Justin Morneau, Garrett Jones, Travis Snider, Tony Watson, Jeff Karstens and Tony Sanchez.
The team received an absolutely thunderous, lengthy and chills-inducing standing ovation from the 18,000-plus fans in attendance, followed by chants of “Let's Go Bucs.”
“MVP” chants for Andrew McCutchen, who was attending his first-ever hockey game, soon followed.
"To finally come out to a game, it is a lot of fun," said McCutchen. "Just to hear everybody, to see the city come together and hear them cheer, it shows where we come from and it definitely means a lot."
"It was great. We’re happy to see them here and we’ll all be watching tomorrow," Sidney Crosby said. "So we wish them the best of luck. Nice to see them here."
The Pirates showed their support for the Penguins during last season's playoffs, wearing Penguins jerseys around their stadium and on a road trip. The Penguins have had a blast returning the favor, a prime example of that being their wiffle ball game on the ice the day of the Pirates' wild-card playoff match with Cincinnati.
The Pirates game begins at 4:37 on Sunday at PNC Park.
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Gerrit Cole sporting a Sidney Crosby jersey.
TV in the Bucs suite and the message that appeared on the scoreboard.
Andrew McCutchen supporting 71.
The whole gang enjoying some first period action.
Martin and Morneau swapped jerseys and posed for photos after the game.
And the reverse side.
Duper and Neal having a laugh with the guys.