Racing Mrs. T’s Pierogies Forced Out of Pirates Games … Because COVID, Of Course
There’s a controversy brewing in Pittsburgh over the city’s beloved Pirates. And it has nothing to do with the mediocre baseball team.
It’s got everything to do with the racing Mrs. T’s Pierogies.
Racing Mrs. T’s Pierogies Kicked Out of PNC Field Due to COVID Restrictions
According to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the 5 Mrs. T’s Pierogies are not permitted to hold their traditional in-stadium race at PNC due to some COVID restrictions … against racing pasta pockets, perhaps?
If you’re not familiar, at every Pirates home game, a handful of oversized Mrs. T’s Pierogies entertain fans with a between-innings foot race inside the stadium. It’s called the Great Pittsburgh Pierogy Race, officially.
The pierogies have names, too:
- Cheese Chester
- Sauerkraut Saul
- Jalapeno Hannah
- Bacon Burt
- Oliver Onion
Here’s video of a pivotal and controversial Pierogy Race. You can tell it was from when the Pirates were good a few years ago because it’s late in the season and there are fans in the stands:
Apparently, according to the Trib-Review story on this developing controversy, Major League Baseball (already known for its stupid political decisions in 2021) restricts “field usage” and having the bipedal pierogies so close to the players and umpires poses a COVID risk.
To compensate and still have the pierogi (or pierogy) race, the sprinters go to the nearby Clemente Bridge with the Pirates mascot and hold a race. Because everyone knows that running pierogies are safe from COVID and can’t spread COVID if they race on a large pedestrian bridge.
This all sounds ridiculous and the fans making their way to PNC Field aren’t happy with the change. It’s disrespectful to them and to pierogies, too.
“It looks ficititious. I need to see it live and in person,” one man told the paper.
Mrs. T’s Pierogies may run around the Pirates stadium but they’re made in Shenandoah.