Black and gold all over


DUNEDIN, Fla. — I spent the better part of an inning this afternoon chatting with Bob the Usher (sorry, Bob, I forgot your last name) at Knology Park, as the Toronto Blue Jays were in the process of rallying past the Pirates, 5-3. Bob’s working for the enemy, but he’s a western Pa. guy — he grew up in Aliquippa and told me some tales about playing football back in the day at Hopewell High.

It seems that no matter were I go down here, I run into plenty of former Pittsburghers. There are plenty of them, of course, among the boosters who volunteer at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. But I also get shout-outs from vendors, ushers, ticket takers and folks in the stands from Winter Haven to Fort Myers.

It’s not just a Florida thing. I had the same experiences when I was working as a rookie sports writer in the Washington, D.C. area back in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Pittsburgh fans are never shy at sporting events.