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If you’ve already gotten your Father’s Day gifts for this weekend, you’re way ahead of a lot of us here in the ‘Burgh. And just because you’re last-minute shopping doesn’t mean you are bound to get a crappy gift for your Dad. Most of these gifts I will be suggesting can be bought online (and delivered a little late, if that fits in with your plan for this weekend) or at a store nearby. For the Pittsburgh Dad, who is hardworking, most likely a blue collar worker, nice but slightly surly, although always loving, I’ve got the best gift suggestions for your Father’s Day celebrations.

-Pittsburgh Dad stuff: The Pittsburgh Dad & Co. made a great list of Pittsburgh Dad merchandise that your Dad will cherish forever, found here. This list includes the new Big Ben and Pittsburgh Dad Hot Sauces, a collaboration of these two greats of Pittsburgh. I would also suggest the Pittsburgh Dad 3-2-1 Win Beer for all of those beer-loving dads out there.

-Sports Merchandise: What Pittsburgh Dad doesn’t want more Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins gear? They can never get enough, so check out Amazon.com or any local store for some Pittsburgh sports shirts, hats, and the like for Dad.

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Jon Hamm was quoted with saying our city’s skyline is “absolutely gorgeous”. Hamm and Rinku Singh, Pittsburgh Pirates player, were at PNC park yesterday fielding questions and promoting their new movie, Million Dollar Arm, which is slated to start showing in theaters this week on May 16th. The movie is about J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent who discovered some of the most legendary players from India, Singh and Dinesh Patel, and brought them to California to play in the minor league baseball system, which eventually led to them playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league.

This was Hamm’s first time in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t last long. After promotions yesterday, he had to head back for filming of Mad Men.

“I think a big part of the story of the movie is hard work.” Hamm proclaimed, stating that part of it is “the work that these guys put in, which is epic in scope—never having touched a baseball to being prospects at the major league level in under a year is the stuff of fiction, but it actually happened.” …And the Mad Men ended his visit eloquently…