Collectors and fans will be able to bid on items from the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener, while raising money to support the families of three police officers killed in the line of duty.
The Pittsburgh Pirates spent Monday’s home opener honoring three Pittsburgh police officers who were fatally shot while on duty on April 4 and auction game-worn jerseys and caps to raise money for the officers’ families.
Pirates players wore Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) caps throughout the game, as well as a commemorative "PBP" patch on the left sleeve of their uniform, in recognition of the three fallen officers. In addition, the visiting Houston Astros players donned Pittsburgh Bureau of Police caps during pregame introductions.
The Pirates will now auction off the authenticated, signed caps from both teams and the game worn Pirates player jerseys on Pirates.com. All proceeds will go to the Pittsburgh Police Fallen Heroes Fund to support the families they have left behind.
The team held a special pre-game moment of silence and played taps in honor of Officer Eric G. Kelly, Officer Paul J. Sciullo II and Officer Stephen J. Mayhle, who were killed after responding to a domestic violence call.
"It makes you see the larger picture," second baseman Freddy Sanchez said. "This is a game we play. Just a game. Those guys are out risking their lives every day. Those are the real heroes."