They play the game on ice, but for one Pittsburgh man, the heart couldn’t be any warmer..
Recently, Jimmy Mains had an extra ticket to the Penguins-Lightning game. He was looking for a friend to go with him, even posting on Facebook, but didn’t get any takers.
So Jimmy went for a stroll outside PPG Paints Arena, prior to game time, figuring he’d take in the NHL event by his lonesome, when he was approached by a man named Rob, who asked for some money to get something to eat.
“I told him that I don’t carry any cash,” said Mains, “But if he wanted to come into the game with me and get out of the cold for a little bit, I had an extra ticket.”
After initially thinking he was the brunt of a joke, Rob accepted – and a friendship began.
“He told me that he had never been inside (the arena), only outside.” said Mains, happily reporting that his guest was glued to the game, a 5-2 Penguins win, cheering and yelling for the home team. Mains posted a selfie of the two of them at the game on Facebook, and the image went viral.
During breaks, the two men chatted about life over concession stand chicken fingers. Rob told Jimmy that he was close to a new job, and the two exchanged contact information.
“My parents always taught me to treat everyone how you want to be treated,” said Mains, a newly minted police officer in Rankin, Pa, with one month on the job. “And if you have the opportunity to help someone, you do it. Just because someone is out on the street, doesn’t make you any better than them.”
Some great advice that we can ALL take to heart! ~ Jason