Sad news has struck in the world of Pittsburgh sports as stadium vendor Ken "The Lemonade Guy" Geidel reportedly passed away on Monday. If you've spent time at any of Pittsburgh's sports venues over the years, you've probably crossed paths with Mr. Geidel at one point or another. His staple "LEMONADE HERE" or occasionally "COTTON CAN-dy HERE" in his worn, raspy voice amused fans of all ages, and over time, he became as famous as any of the athletes in the stands. Here is some video of Ken at a game.â†µ
Pittsburgh athletes are already reacting to the sad news, including Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm.â†µ
Pittsburgh sports events certainly won't be the same without him. He may not have been a highly skilled professional athlete or a genius coach, but he was as big a part of the Pittsburgh sports experience as anyone. He'll certainly be missed. Next time you're at PNC Park, Heinz Field or Consol Energy Center, pour some of whatever beverage you're drinking out for him in tribute to the miles and miles he walked around those facilities over the year. I know I will.