PITTSBURGH — Rangers center Derek Stepan calls Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmerman his “doppelganger,” and sure enough, the two bear a striking resemblance to one another.
On Thursday afternoon they were in the same place, PNC Park.
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Zimmerman got the win in the Tigers’ 7-4 victory over the Pirates and Stepan joined most of his teammates in a suite on an off day between Games 1 and 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Penguins.
Stepan said it was the second time he has seen Zimmerman pitch; he also did so when Zimmerman was a National.
The Rangers were among a crowd of 18,751 at PNC, widely considered among the best in the majors.
“I’m from Minnesota and they have Target Field and it’s very similar,” Stepan said. “I thought PNC was fantastic ... Being from Minnesota I’m more of a Twins fans than a Pirates fan, but it was fun to watch, for sure.”
NBC announcer Doc Emrick, who will call Game 2 Saturday and is a longtime Pirates fan, also was at the game.
“I always trust the judgment of Bob Costas on anything and he calls it, outside of Fenway and Wrigley, a gem; and it is,” Emrick said of PNC. “You sit there on a perfect day like yesterday, which was just marvelous, and you look at the city and you’re outside enjoying baseball and it’s great.”