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Friday, July 3rd Penguins' Parade/Pirates Game Pittsburgh, PA
The day began with coach Dan Bylsma conducting a media conference at the arena while much of the team gathered at the rink in preparation to head over to the ballpark for an afternoon with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A police escort led the Penguins over to PNC Park where, since 2001, it has been home to the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates. The curious parallels of the day weren't lost on the hockey team. Having just beaten the Detroit Red Wings for the Stanley Cup, they were about to enjoy an afternoon with their sporting brethren, Pittsburgh's Pirates, taking on the Detroit Tigers. Kismet! Irony!
Sidney Crosby, along with several of his teammates and their kids, went into the Pirates' clubhouse before the game. The baseball players were excited to see the Stanley Cup. "Damn, this trophy is sure a lot better than baseball's trophy," laughed Charlie Morton. Pirates' coach John Russell spent a few minutes huddling with Dan Bylsma while the rest mingled, ogling the Cup. That Sunday afternoon, the Pirates were sporting their heritage uniforms, and they gave all the Pens game jerseys to wear out onto the field.
With the Cup situated in the dugout, the Penguins were introduced individually. Waving to the fans, the boys garnered huge applause in recognition of their feat. When Sidney was introduced, he walked up the steps with the Stanley Cup, and the ovation reached a new plateau that grew even louder when he lifted the magnificent trophy over his head.
Bill Guerin delivered the ceremonial first pitch, firing a strike (more or less) to initiate the ballgame. The hockey boys stayed to watch most of the game, bringing the Pirates good luck as they went on to double Detroit 6-3, with Zach Duke picking up the victory.
As the ninth inning neared, the Penguins left for a team party and barbecue at the home of team owner Mario Lemieux.