A video in which a Pittsburgh Pirates fan celebrates his team’s National League wild-card victory over the Cincinnati Reds by jumping off a bridge has gone viral.
At some point after the Pirates’ 6-2 playoff victory over the Reds on Tuesday night, Pittsburgh fan Dean Pasztor jumped from the Roberto Clemente Bridge, landing in the Allegheny River, Yahoo Sports reports. In the video, Pasztor, clad only in his boxers, makes the 78-foot drop into the frigid water. Fear not, Pirates fans; the YouTube description of the video claims that Pasztor managed to swim to shore, as Deadspin notes.
After completing his jump off the Clemente Bridge, Pasztor took to Twitter to brag. “My name is Dean Pasztor and I jumped off the [Clemente Bridge] #raisethejollyroger #gobuccos #shadysideohio,” the Pirates fan wrote. Aside from being a Pirates fan, Pasztor’s Facebook page identifies him as a resident of Shadyside, Ohio.
The Pirates fan said he didn’t jump off the bridge to get publicity; rather, the gesture was a celebration of the Pirates’ first playoff victory in 21 years. But Pasztor did admit that he was hoping to impress a particular celebrity. “I really don’t care if anyone else knows I jumped off any bridge in celebration of a [Pirates] win except [Joe Rogan] for he is the f---ing man [sic],” he tweeted.
Pasztor may be in the news for his daring leap, but Pirates fans shouldn’t attempt to emulate his antics. Pittsburgh police stated Wednesday that jumping off the Clemente Bridge, or any other bridge, is illegal, CBS Sports reported. “If you’re caught, you will be arrested,” police said.
Originally known as the Sixth Street Bridge, the Roberto Clemente Bridge was renamed 1998 to honor the memory of the legendary Pirates outfielder. Clemente, a 15-time National League All-Star, was killed in a plane crash in his native Puerto Rico in 1972. The bridge is located close to PNC Park, the Pirates’ home stadium.
The video of the Pirates fan's jump off the Clemente Bridge can be viewed below.