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A Pirates' Treasure
JOE POSNANSKI
August 01, 2011
There are nine—count 'em, nine—Clemente jerseys waiting in the rain to buy a Primanti Bros. sandwich at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. That says three things about this town. One, people in Pittsburgh do love their Primanti Bros. sandwiches (meat, fries and coleslaw—a full meal!—between two slices of bread). Two, people in Pittsburgh are loyal. Intensely loyal. Roberto Clemente died in 1972, yet he is still a living, breathing part of this community. You walk over the Clemente Bridge to get to the ball game. You see Clemente highlights on the ballpark's big screen every day. Clemente's marvelous throwing arm is still recalled over hotcakes at Pamela's in the Strip District. Oh, and three, Pirates fans pretty much have to go back to Clemente to find something cheerful to wear.
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August 01, 2011

A Pirates' Treasure

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