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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin puts Ravens rivalry aside for a good cause

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Mike Tomlin made an appearance at the Pittsburgh Pirates game Sunday afternoon, but he was there to do more than just take in a ball game. He was there for a cause.

When Pittsburgh Steelers fans think of the Baltimore Ravens, and their fans, it can bring forth some intense emotions. Let's just say there is no love lost between the two teams and their fan bases. Nonetheless, there are times when those silly rivalries, which ultimately don't matter, should be put on the back burner, and Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin did just that Sunday.

Tomlin played host to Nestor Aparicio, a Baltimore, MD radio host, as he was touring the country visiting 30 MLB ball parks in 30 days. His stop in Pittsburgh was more than to just taking in a Pirates game, but to spread the word about leukemia and how doing a simple mouth swab can go a long way into possibly being a bone marrow donor for someone in need. Anyone can participate to find out if they are a match to someone awaiting a transplant. Find out more at

Tomlin picked up Aparicio at the airport and showed him the city, even the Steelers' South Side practice facility. Check out a video interview with Aparicio and Tomlin which took place during the Pirates game on Root Sports Pittsburgh.

As Tomlin puts it, "Some things are bigger than athletics and the teams you root for." It couldn't have been said any better. Check out some of Aparicio's tweets from his time spent in Pittsburgh.