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They're Not Playing, But Baseball Team Feeds Community

Even though spring training is cancelled, one pro baseball team is still making their fans smile with their good deeds.

The cancellation of spring training games may be keeping the Pittsburgh Pirates away from the ballpark, but the team isn't letting that stop them from staying active in the community.

The Pirates, in an effort to provide some relief for weary hospital workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, purchased over 400 pizzas for the staff at Allegheny General Hospital, located right down the street from PNC Park where the PIrates play. This generous act is also a gift to the workers at local pizza shops, Slice on Broadway and Pizzeria Davide, which are feeling the effects of shutdowns and social distancing.

Hundreds of pizzas packed up and ready to go.Slice on Broadway - Facebook

"We know local businesses are getting crushed and they're really hurting and they're really affected by what's going on," Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon told mlb.com. "Then obviously, the hospitals and the staff working on the front lines there, they're putting in extra hours, extra work, exposing themselves. We thought this was a way to help. Two birds with one stone. We can help local restaurants. We can help the hospitals and the workers and show our appreciation."

"It is truly amazing how people come together in a time of need to help," wrote Slice on Broadway in a Facebook post. "The players and the Pirates organization did that today for both small businesses and people fighting the battle."

This isn't the first generous act that the team has done during the pandemic. Earlier this week, the Pirates teamed up with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to host a drive-up distribution event to help provide food to those who need it. The event was funded in part by a $50,000 donation that the Pirates made to the food bank.

During the event, workers brought boxes of food to people's vehicle in the otherwise-unused parking lot at PNC Park, being sure to adhere to safe social distancing practices.

Volunteers help deliver boxes of food during a drive-up food distribution event.Pittsburgh Pirates - Facebook

Even though baseball season may be weeks away - if it happens at all - the Pirates hope to continue this particular winning streak and are already looking ahead to their next act of charity. "We might not be in Pittsburgh, and we don't have the opportunity to play in front of our fans and for all of us to be up in the city that's kind of become a second home to us and that's treated us so well," said Taillon.

How can you start something good?

You can make a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank by clicking here. Or you can start something good by donating to or volunteering at your local food bank!

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