More than 38,000 fans sat through an abysmal 12-4 baseball game in Pittsburgh on Saturday night watching 25 hits, two errors, four pitching changes over three hours for one reason.
"Fireworks! Woooooo! I can't wait!" said Pirate fan Scott Stoltz after the Phillies took a 7-1 lead in the top of third inning. "Only six and a half more innings!"
Despite the Phillies stretching their lead to 12-2 by the top of the seventh, every fan in the stadium remained in their seats in anticipation of the post-game fireworks. The Pirates pushed across runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, delaying
"Come on! Get out!" yelled one fan from his upper deck seat. "We want fireworks!"
"This would be so like the Pirates," said another. "Make some huge, dramatic comeback to push the game into extra innings and ruin fireworks night for everyone."
Eventually the Pirates were mercifully retired in the bottom of the ninth inning and the fireworks show began soon after the players cleared the field.
"That was totally worth it," said a fan after the show. "Great fireworks display. I think the only way it could have been better is if they had it before the game."