Pirates post opening for Pierogi job
Do you have what it takes to be a Pierogi?
The Pittsburgh Pirates have put the call out for a new team member by posting a job listing: “2020 Pierogie.” (Of course, the misspelling leads us to wonder if they meant to write “Pierogies,” plural.)
The team’s mascots are famous for their end-of-the-5th-inning race around the warning track at all PNC Park games — known as the Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race.
Of course, they do other things, from making appearances during Pirates home games to various appearances in the community — from parades to private functions and non-profit events. And those donning the Pierogi suits also need to be ready to pick up the slack as part of the Bucco Brigade, the crew that handles in-game entertainment.
It’s not clear yet whether this job is for a new character or just filling one of the current lineup: Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, Oliver Onion, Potato Pete, Bacon Burt, and Pizza Penny.
However, before you deem yourself pierogi-worthy, check out the job requirements.
Besides needing to be 18 years or older, prospective pierogies “must be able to lift 40 pounds” and “run/sprint 215 yards in 60 seconds or less while wearing mascot suit.” That’s probably not an easy task.
Don’t think this job isn’t dangerous.
Applicants also will need to be comfortable working with the public, “especially children.”
The team’s post says their pierogies are required to work 70% of the 81 home games (that’s 57) and attend at least 70% of the special event appearances.
There’s no word on how much the job pays.
Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .