Charitable Pirates don Father's Day gear

Bucs join MLB in fight against prostate cancer; team reopens youth field; Harrisons help moms

June 18th, 2017
Andrew McCutchen sported special blue cleats on Saturday. (Pirates)

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates traded their black and gold for blue on Saturday as part of Major League Baseball's weekend-long celebration of Father's Day.

The Bucs sported special jerseys and caps as well as blue socks, wristbands, compression sleeves, shoes and other gear on Saturday against the Cubs at PNC Park. They will do the same on Sunday. Their home white jerseys included light blue numbers and markings. They donned light blue caps with gray visors and their logo in white.

On Sunday, the Pirates and Cubs will play with a specially stitched ball for Father's Day. MLB will donate all proceeds from the sale of those jerseys and caps to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

Pirates reopen youth field

Pirates president Frank Coonelly and starter took part in a ribbon-cutting event Saturday morning at Leland Field, along with the Greater Baldwin Whitehall Athletic Association.

The Pirates Charities' "Fields for Kids" program matched a $10,000 grant to help reopen the field in Pittsburgh's Baldwin borough. The Greater Baldwin Whitehall Athletic Association was one of 20 local nonprofits selected to receive a grant when the Pirates announced their first round of recipients for the "Fields for Kids" matching grants program earlier this week.

Those funds were used to recondition and reopen three league fields, two for baseball and one for softball.

Harrisons help out

Pirates infielder Josh Harrison and his wife, Brittney, have another baby on the way. But they took time Saturday morning to help out more than 50 expectant mothers in need as their foundation hosted its first annual Harrisons for Hope Baby Shower.

The Harrisons focused their foundation around the mission of providing clothing for low-income children from the cradle to college. Each expectant mother who attended the shower at the downtown Hotel Monaco left with a diaper bag full of necessities for newborns, from diapers and toys to a bathtub, clothes and more.