The Pittsburgh Pirates are taking their abrupt time off to help out the Pittsburgh community. The players apparently donated a lot of pizza to do so.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates organization donated $50,000 dollars to the local community food bank in Pittsburgh. These are trying times for everyone, and teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates going out of their way to try to help out means a lot to everyone. It is great to see so many organizations trying to help out their communities as life continues to move on through this global pandemic.
Not to be outdone by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, the Bucs players kicked in to help out as well. A group of Pittsburgh Pirates decided to do a rather unique idea to help out the Pittsburgh community. The players involved multiple pizza restaurants from Pittsburgh to help give them much needed business. They ordered over 400+ pizzas when it was all said and done. Meanwhile, these pizzas were going to be delivered to area hospitals to help feed the staff working tirelessly to keep our community safe.
Adam Berry, the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB.com beat writer had the story. He was able to find out why exactly the Pittsburgh Pirates players wanted to do this:
Pirates player representative Jameson Taillon said. “We know local businesses are getting crushed and they’re really hurting and they’re really affected by what’s going on. Then obviously, the hospitals and the staff working on the front lines there, they’re putting in extra hours, extra work, exposing themselves.
“We thought this was a way to help. Two birds with one stone. We can help local restaurants. We can help the hospitals and the workers and show our appreciation.”
This is so true and actually hits home with me. My fiancee is a nurse so I understand and hear the stories of what she and her nursing colleagues are going through. Taillon also mentions to Berry that a lot of the players are not even in Pittsburgh, but discussed doing this over the last few days in a group text. Even when these guys are not together they are thinking of ways to help out the Pittsburgh community, and that shows a lot about them as people.