Pittsburgh Pirates Photo: PNC Park Crew Getting Ready for Opening Day

Ian Casselberry@iancassMLB Lead WriterApril 3, 2012

Via @BiertempfelTrib
Via @BiertempfelTrib

No, it's not red, white and blue bunting. It's not jets flying overhead at the end of the national anthem. The home and visiting teams don't have their players and coaches lined up along the first and third base line. 

After all, it's not Opening Day just yet. But when logos are being painted on the field, it's so very close. 

Before we can get there, we have to get there. There's no better demonstration of that than the photos coming from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where the stadium crew is getting the place ready for the Pittsburgh Pirates' Thursday home opener versus the Philadelphia Phillies

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review snapped a few images of the preparations underway around PNC Park, including the aforementioned logo painting. (Big League Stew also posted an AP photo of seats being power-washed.) You can see more snapshots at Biertempfel's Twitter feed: @BiertempfelTrib.

After 12 years of home openers at PNC Park, the stadium staff probably makes it look easy. (Side note: PNC Park has already been open for 12 seasons? Or 11 seasons, prior to this upcoming one. Time most certainly does fly when you're having fun.)

You can almost feel the sun on your face, hear the music playing and smell the hot dogs cooking. Opening Day is just about here. 

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