Pirates release 2013 promotional schedule


October 3, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Atlanta Braves won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Today the Pirates made their 2013 promotional schedule official. Things will start on April 1st with a 1:35 first pitch against the Chicago Cubs where fans will receive a magnetic schedule. From there, here is the official list:


1st vs Cubs 1:35 magnetic schedule
12th vs Reds 7:05 free shirt Friday
13th vs Reds 7:05 fireworks/scratch n’ win
14th vs Reds 1:35 Kids Day/1st 25,000 fans receive Raise the Jolly Roger flag
19th vs Braves 7:05 free shirt Friday
20th vs Braves 3:05 1st 25,000 fans receive Andrew McCutchen Bobblehead
21st vs Braves 1:35 Let’s Go Bucs Eco Rally Towel


3rd vs Nationals 7:05 free shirt Friday
4th vs Nationals 7:05 fireworks/scratch n’ win
5th vs Nationals 1:35 Kids Pierogy Umbrella
17th vs Astros 7:05 free shirt Friday
18th vs Astros 7:05 1st 25,000 fans receive A.J. Burnett Camo Bobblehead
19th vs Astros 1:35 Kids A.J. Burnett Camo Replica Jersey
31st vs Reds 7:05 free shirt Friday


1st vs Reds 7:15 Heritage Day/Kool & the Gang Postgame Concert/scratch n’ win
2nd vs Reds 1:35 Kids Parrot soap dispenser
14th vs Dodgers 7:05 free shirt Friday
15th vs Dodgers 4:05 Fan Jam Concert TBA/scratch n’ win
16th vs Dodgers 1:35 Kids/Dads replica Sunday Alternate Cap
28th vs Brewers 7:05 free shirt Friday
29th vs Brewers 7:15 fireworks/scratch n’ win
30th vs Brewers 1:35 Kids drawstring backpack


12th vs Mets 7:05 free shirt Friday
13th vs Mets 7:15 fireworks/scratch n’ win
14th vs Mets 1:35 Kids Tumbler Cap


2nd vs Rockies 7:05 free shirt Friday
3rd vs Rockies 7:05 fireworks night/scratch n’ win
4th vs Rockies 1:35 Kids Pedro Alvarez Replica Sunday Alternate Jersey
16th vs Diamondbacks 7:05 free shirt Friday
17th vs Diamondbacks 4:05 1st 25,000 fans get New Replica Batting Practice Caps
18th vs Diamondbacks 1:35 Kids Neil Walker Jersey Cooler Bag
30th vs Cardinals 7:05 free shirt Friday
31st vs Cardinals 7:05 Skyblast w/ concert TBA/scratch n’ win


1st vs Cardinals 1:35 Kids earbuds
13th vs Cubs 7:05 free shirt Friday
14th vs Cubs 7:05 fireworks/scratch n’ win
15th vs Cubs 1:35 Kids Fathead Jr. Wall Decals
20th vs Reds 7:05 free shirt Friday
21st vs Reds 7:05 Skyblast featuring Neon Trees/2014 Magnetic Schedule/scratch n’ win
22nd vs Reds 1:35 Kids Day/1st 25,000 fans receive a fleece scarf

Of note: The annual Photofest where fans take pictures with the players has yet to be scheduled. Also the annual Fan Appreciation Day is likely going to take place on September 22nd against the Reds where fans can win jerseys off the player’s backs and other giveaways.

In recent years, the Pirates have given away a bobblehead a year but this year there are two with A.J. Burnett wearing a camo jersey [the Pirates will wear their camoflague jerseys that day] and Andrew McCutchen will get another bobblehead, this time with all of his awards from the season. Of note is that both bobbleheads will be given to only the first 25,000 fans. The game for McCutchen’s bobblehead has a 3:05 start time.

Saturday September 21st will feature the popular band Neon Trees in concert. Neon Trees burst to the scene with their song ‘Animal’ and this year, their single ‘Everybody Talks’ rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Saturday June 1st as part of Heritage Day, the Pirates will wear throwback uniforms of either the Pittsburgh Crawfords or Homestead Grays. Performing will be R&B classic group Kool & the Gang. They are known for hits such as ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Celebration’.

Promotions for the upcoming season can be seen at this year’s PirateFest which will be held December 15-16 [14th is for season ticket holders]. Images will be up soon on www.pittsburghpirates.com.