The Pirates front office staff, players and fans raised $76,103 for the Fallen Heroes Fund during the club's Home Opener and through an online auction on Pirates.com. The Pirates and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police encouraged fans to donate to the cause as they entered the gates at PNC Park on April 13. Police officers and Pirates players held collection buckets at every gate so that fans could donate before the game, and fans also could donate at collection stations during the game. All the funds raised will be donated to assist the families left behind by fallen Pittsburgh police officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II.
"I would like to personally thank all of our fans, employees and players who donated their time and money to assist these families," said Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting in a statement. "We recognize that no amount of aid can fill the void left behind by this senseless tragedy. Once again, the people of Pittsburgh have shown how we always rally together to help those in need." The team further honored the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police by wearing a PBP patch on their left sleeve as well as a PBP hat during the game. Astros players also wore the PBP hats during the pregame ceremonies. The jerseys and hats from the game were put up for auction on Pirates.com to raise funds for the family. Also up for bid were the PBP caps worn by the Astros players and coaches. All the items were autographed and authenticated, including the Matt Capps jersey and hat that went for an auction-high $2,625.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.