Tonight we asked…
#134PiratesTrivia Who hit the first Pirates home run at PNC Park? Answer will be revealed at 10:00—
Section 134 (@section134blog) March 30, 2012
…and the answer to tonight’s #134PiratesTrivia is…
John Vander Wal
Vander Wal hit a homer into the right field stands at PNC Park on April 11th, 2001, the second game in the new ballpark. It was a solo shot in the 3rd inning off of Elmer Dessens. The first homer at PNC belongs to Pittsburgh native Sean Casey, but Vander Wal picked up the first Pirates HR. He played two seasons for the Bucs (2000-2001), appearing in 231 games. He hit .290 with 35 HR and 144 RBI in his time with the Pirates. Overall, Vander Wal played 1,372 Major League games with 8 different teams. Throughout his 14-year career, he played for the Expos, Rockies, Padres, Pirates, Giants, Yankees, Brewers, and Reds.
Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @BurghFaninNJ, @BPkidscoach, @johnlucas18, @gustaggart, and @mark_quis.
Thanks to all who participated, and tune in next time for another edition of #134PiratesTrivia.