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OK, yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates are arguably the biggest laughingstock of Major League Baseball. However, they play in one of the nicest parks in the league, PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The 10-year-old stadium seats about 38,000 fans and is situated along the Allegheny River and the Pittsburgh skyline.
In its short history, it has played host to the 2006 MLB All-Star Game. In fact, during the Home Run Derby, fans sitting in a boat along the river caught a ball that was hit out of the park.
Fans can get to the park via car, public transit or the Gateway Clipper shuttle. Some of the park's features include a play area for kids, famous Pittsburgh food such as Primanti's and Quaker Steak and Lube and the Home Run Signatures program.
In my research, I found the Home Run Signatures program to be a unique perk that I hadn't heard of at other stadiums. If you catch a home run ball hit by a Pirates player, you are offered the choice of either keeping the ball or giving it up in exchange for an autographed baseball signed by the player who hit the home run. Not a bad deal, huh?
During the week of the draft, the Pirates have home games against the Minnesota Twins and ALCS runners-up Detroit Tigers. However, if you can't get tickets or would rather see the park outside of game action, stadium tours are offered at various days and times. There's currently no tour information for 2012 on the Pirates website, but that should be updated as the season draws closer.