The beer and liquor stocks are plenty, light fixtures are in place and photographs dawning legendary Pittsburgh athletes span the walls – Terry Bradshaw, Roberto Clemente, Mario Lemieux, the list goes on. A television, centered in the middle of the bar above the tap, glares as Rob King and Kent Tekulve breakdown a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros.
All of this happens while I sit here — sit here waiting for our grand opening.
The opening of a new haven for Pittsburgh sports fans.
If I know one thing, it’s that Pittsburghers indulge in their teams and love their sports. But what else do they love? Alcohol and the companionship of a friend to enjoy it with, something everyone can agree on – just watch an episode of Cheers if you can’t take my word.
These hardworking men and women bring strong opinions to the table, sometimes so outrageous they take claim of the term “yinzer.” A rich sports culture runs through many of their veins.
And can you blame them?
Three professional teams combining for 14 championship rings and two collegiate programs possessing rich tradition? Fans in the city of Pittsburgh have justification for being setting the bar so high.
From Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run that ended the 1960 World Series to Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” capping off a remarkable comeback in the 1972 AFC Divisional Round, memories live on throughout our tavern.
If you land in the category of true Pittsburgh fan, the internet directed you into a fitting outlet.
Get ready to grab your soon-to-be regular seat at the bar, and prepare for ample amounts of banter and discussion between fellow Pittsburgh sports fans (in the comment section).
Masses of topics are on tap, including Gerrit Cole’s recent struggles, James Harrison’s continued battle against Roger Goodell and PEDs, Starling Marte’s potential move to center field (?), The University of Pittsburgh football team’s outlook and much more. You can even spark your own conversation and topics with fellow visitors.
Flick on the figurative lights, bartender. Cinello’s Saloon, fictional at that, is theoretically open and ready for business.
Join me right here as I begin weekly Sunday appearance (column). Opening night is August 28, 2016, but there will be an occasional drop-in here and there most weeks.
Joe Cinello contributes to and owns the Pittsburgh Sports Castle. Connect with him on Facebook (Joey Cinello), Linkedin (Joseph Cinello) and Twitter (jcin13).