St. Clair Hospital’s “Bucco babies” cheer on Pirates

Published Oct 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm (Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm)

Newborn babies born in the past week at St. Clair Hospital are already showing their Pittsburgh pride and supporting the Pirates during the team’s playoff run. The new babies brightened up the nursery in their Pirates onesies, red bandanas and eye patches. Mini baseball bats were placed in their cribs and Pirates banners decorated the nursery. The newborns ranged in age from a few hours out of the deliver room to about two days old.

The “Buccco Babies” as they are being called by hospital staff, are part of a generation that has not had to endure the 21-year playoff drought.

“She’s a 20 year baby,” said new dad Ron Deak of Venetia. He and his wife welcomed a girl, Cayleigh Elizabeth, the morning of Oct. 4. Deak was all smiles and taking pictures of his little girl in her Pirates gear. “It’s great,” he said. Deak especially liked the eye patch that registered nurse Mary Jane Bastyr made for the babies. He added Cayleigh will bring good luck to the team.

Audrey Liu, daughter of Cuong Liu and Yen Chau of Houston, also sported a Pirates outfit in the nursery.

“They are doing pretty good this year,” Liu said. “I’m a big Pirates fan,” he added.

“If the Pirates keep winning, then the onesies, baseball bats and red bandanas will continue,” said Linda McIntyre, director women and childcare services at St. Clair. She said the parents and staff are “having a great time” with it.

“It’s been a long time since they were in the playoffs,” McIntyre said, adding she hopes the Pirates continue to do well in the future. “We hope to keep this going year after year,” she said.

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