When playing a Sunday night game, the Pirates would typically have the morning to relax before heading to the ballpark in the afternoon for their usual pregame routine.
There’s nothing typical about what will take place in Williamsport, Pa., this Sunday at 7 p.m., though. The Pirates will play the Cardinals in the Little League Classic at Historic Bowman Field, the second-oldest ballpark in the minor leagues, which seats 2,366.
Those seats will mostly be filled with Little League baseball players, who will spend a few hours with the Pirates and Cardinals, beginning as soon as both teams land in the small town Sunday morning.
The opportunity to promote baseball is something the Pirates treasure, but the hectic itinerary, as well as the game itself, present a few challenges.