Fans attending a Pirates’ game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh get to enjoy one of the best settings for a game in the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh skyline creating a perfect backdrop, the Allegheny River runs behind the outfield fence. Much like the kayakers and boaters of San Francisco pursue home run balls launched into McCovey Cove, Pirates fans can do the same, except it’s a much rarer occurrence and a longer distance for batters.
During Friday night’s game against the Astros, Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez hit a monster HR that left PNC Park and dropped into the Allegheny River. Fully-clothed fan Bobby Zappala jumped into the river to save Alvarez’s long ball from a watery grave. He tells his story in the MLB video below. Guy doesn’t even seemed remotely buzzed, either. Wonder if one of the chicks in the boat promised him some tail for the ball? Gotta admire the WTF attitude, though.