Join Greg Brown and former Pittsburgh Pirates Bob Walk and John Wehner as they relive the 1992 team’s agony of defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.
If the Pittsburgh Pirates’ off-season is already dragging on too long, the Parkway Theater has a cure. On January 28 the film lounge/bar/brew pub/restaurant presents An Evening with Greg Brown & Friends, a unique opportunity to view the unforgettable Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series with commentary from Brown and two players who were on the team for the heartbreaking game.
The event is what organizers hope to be the first in a series hosted by the Pirates’ beloved broadcaster that combines real-time viewing of an historic game with live commentary, stories and insight from the people who played a role in that game. Tickets for the event are $100 each and include gourmet baseball fare, drinks and a meet and greet with the panel participants are also included. Only a handful remain, but plans are underway to simulcast the event on the big-screen TV in the Parkway bar for a discounted rate if the event sells out.
An Evening with Greg Brown & Friends is the brainchild of Aaron Stubna, owner of The Parkway Theater and oft-mentioned (on the air) barber of Brown, who wanted to offer Pittsburgh sports fans a unique opportunity to delve deeply into the sports history of the steel city. While the idea was percolating for a few years, it ramped up in August, Stubna said, after the Parkway reopened following extensive renovations.
“Slaying the Dragon”
“Brownie comes in and hangs out now and we were thinking of things we could do in the theater and thought it would be very cool to have a series where you would talk about baseball and hear the stories behind it all,” he said. Other friends had been watching the 1992 NLCS Game 7 on YouTube and suggested it was the perfect game to kick off the series.
Some people are surprised, Brown said, that they chose to highlight what many people describe as the most devastating loss in Pittsburgh sports. “But I think it’s cathartic,” he said. “I think there are people who want to come and see it explained, and listen to the inside stories about what happened and learn what the players were thinking. There’s a lot to unwrap and untangle and I think this night will do that.”
Providing the insight are Brown’s current broadcast partners Bob Walk, who pitched a complete Game 5 in that series, and utility man John Wehner, who made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates the previous season. It will be the first time that either of them have watched the full game since participating in it, Brown added.
“I’m obviously not objective here, but I think these two guys are two of the best at what they do, but they are also so good at weaving in stories with both the humor and serious aspects and giving us inside scoops,” he said. In the past the men have provided “little nuggets about that game” Brown said, but they’ve never sat and watched the game together, nor has Brown gotten answers to a lot of the questions he – and a lot of Pirates fans – have.
Both Brown and attendees will get that chance during the event. He’ll be talking to the men during the game, pausing for special moments throughout the broadcast. Attendees will have an exclusive question and answer opportunity at the conclusion of the game.
“Gates” open at 5:35 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at The Parkway Theater, 664 Broadway Ave., in McKees Rocks.
Dinner, which consists of a gourmet spin on classic ballpark fare like hot dogs, burgers, nachos and popcorn, as well as all you can drink draft beer, wine or soda, is served between 5:35 – 7:05 p.m.
At 7:05 p.m. the show begins in the intimate Parkway Theater Film Lounge.
“Don’t think of this as a huge movie theater, it’s an intimate 43-seater, so you’re right up there with the guys,” Stubna said. “It’s going to be really nice to be in that room and to meet and talk to the guys afterward.”
The game, which clocked in at 3 hours 22 minutes when played on October 14, 1992, will be condensed to 2 hours for the viewing. Once the game is over, attendees will have a question and answer session with Brown, Walk and Wehner followed by an opportunity to meet the panelists, and get photos and autographs.
Tickets are $100 each and only a few remain. They’re available for purchase online. If the event sells out, Stubna is working with the Pittsburgh Technical Institute to create a simulcast of the event, which will be held in the Parkway Theater bar. Tickets will be offered for the simulcast at a reduced rate (all other perks, including the meet and greet and dinner are included).
Brown is looking forward to hearing his friends’ perspectives on the game that MLB Network dubbed the 4th Greatest Game in Baseball, and perhaps providing fans with some closure from a dark time in Pittsburgh Pirates baseball history.
“It’s going to be unique, enjoyable and fun,” Brown said. “Those people who have been hesitant or frightened to come out and see it shouldn’t be. I think it’s going to be cathartic and maybe that’s the prescription everyone needs after all of these years – finally slay this dragon so people can move on with their lives,” he laughed.
For more information on this event or to buy tickets, visit The Parkway Theater online.
Photos courtesy The Parkway Theater and The Pittsburgh Pirates