When I first heard that a hospital was dressing its newborns in pirate attire, I thought, “Uh, isn’t it a bit early for Halloween costumes?”
It turns out Halloween has nothing to do with it — staff at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh are outfitting babies in their nursery with very specific pirate duds: onesies emblazoned with the logo of the hometown baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now, I know next to nothing about baseball, so I’ll defer to an expert: my husband, who says he understands the hoopla.
“When (the Pirates) do well, it is a cause for celebration, because it doesn’t happen very often,” he told me.
Did I mention he’s a Mets fan? Oops.
The Pirates are, in fact, in the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades and the hospital wants to help the babies mark the occasion.
“Starting today, we’re ensuring the area’s newest Pirates’ fans won’t have to wait their whole lives to celebrate postseason play,” the hospital said in a message from its Twitter account this week.
Just don’t expect to see the hospital tweeting any photos of tearful baby Pirates fans.
“We don’t permit crying babies. They have to be smiling,” St. Clair spokesman Bob Crytzer joked to The Daily News. “I mean, after all of these years I think all of the nurses have been telling them, Hey, look kid, it’s been 21 years. There’s nothing to cry about. You should be laughing and having a good time.’”
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Photo via @StClairHospital/Twitter