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Pirates Racing Pierogi Out with Broken Foot

Injuries are a part of sports. But it still hurts to see someone go down — especially when it's a giant pierogi.

If you go to a Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you'll get a Pierogy Race to go with your baseball. Every home game, Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Sauerkraut Saul, and Cheese Chester ham it up for the fans. They run into the park from the outfield, dash along the warning track, and one giant potato-stuffed dough pocket is declared the winner.

As of Wednesday, Sauerkraut Saul is tied with Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion for first with 14 wins. Cheese Chester has 13 wins and looked to be on the way to his 14th on Wednesday. Then everything went horribly, horribly wrong:

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Cheese Chester was carted off and the PNC Park Jumbotron announced he'd be placed on the 15-day DL. Taking his spot in the Pierogy Race would be Potato Pete, a pierogi that hasn't raced since 2001! 

After the game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Cheese Chester was "day-to-day." But it was later revealed Cheese Chester suffered a broken foot. So he'll be out 6-8 weeks. Like any athlete, Cheese Chester is pretty dahn about the diagnosis:

Nothing sadder than a sad pierogi… I join my fellow Pittsburghers in wishing Cheese Chester a speedy, successful recovery n'at. 


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