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Still the best baseball writer around. Thank you, Pat. Thanks for being the voice of Pirates fans, for Pirates fans. Thanks for giving us a place to celebrate and commiserate. Thanks for making it easier to be a Pirate fan.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Thank yous and programming notes
Today feels a little strange. No more baseball. Up until the 27th out last night there was still a chance the Pirates could win the championship. Now, no chance. And we're looking at 355 days and 162 games to even get back to this point. I'm sure soon I'll smile about the Astros running into each other, Pedro bombs out of the stadium, the ball ricocheting off the pitcher's glove and into outfield in the Cardinals doubleheader, what should be an award-winning season from McCutchen, Cole putting it together in September, a sea of black across the Clemente bridge. And I know I'll smile a long, long time about "Cueeeeetoooo". But today? Still disappointed that it's over.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
Where did Matt Adams go to college?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5 Preview: Gerrit Cole vs. Adam Wainwright with an NLCS berth on the line
So... would you say it's time for us to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?
Alright, it's going to take at least three runs to win the game. Gotta get Wainright out of the game somehow. Get some hits, work some counts. Something.
Aaaaagh, three more hours!!!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The end is the beginning is the end
In the player introductions before the wild card game and NLDS game three, AJ got among the loudest ovations. There have been times where his performance has lead to some hand wringing, but I don't think there's any question how much value he has had to the team.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on On Gerrit Cole
Beautiful day, huge game, and I can't get away from work. I'm just going to spend the next five hours doing the "I'm missing the chili cook-off" dance in my office.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 4 Preview: Finish it today (Charlie Morton vs. Michael Wacha)
@wkkortas Sure, there were a lot of hard hit balls off of Liriano that found gloves. But did the Cardinals really do that much that you would say they deserved to win and not the Pirates? I'd call it a close game that could've gone either way, happened to go our way.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3
@JeffreyMccartney @mwr505 @LastingsMilledgeville All good points here. Maybe I shouldn't be so critical about attendance for a Thursday afternoon regardless of the situation. However, isn't their complacency a mark _against_ the narrative that they're the best fans in baseball?
5 months ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
@LastingsMilledgeville Out of curiosity I checked on Stubhub the other day before the start of the series. St Louis had tickets available for $20. Standing room only for the first game in Pittsburgh is $190. I don't expect Cardinals fans to be as excited about the division series as we are; but really, twenty dollars??
Was there any doubt about that?
5 months ago on NLDS Game 2 Preview: Don't Panic (Gerrit Cole vs. Lance Lynn)
Any chance we'll see Gaby Sanchez?
Darn. That was a nice swing
Time for the three-run homer from Cole....
@wkkortas Don't question it, just go with it
@wkkortas @Eephus I'll take a single. It's just nice to have one pitcher that isn't an automatic out.
Better dead than red. Go get 'em, Bucs!
5 months ago on NLDS Game 1 Preview: AJ Burnett and Adam Wainwright
Just got back. Leading a standing ovation in the upper deck for Byrd coming out to warm up. "Let's go Bucs!" drowning out the Reds' introductions. Cheering like we won the World Series after Liriano's first strikeout; knew it was his night by the end of the first inning. Byrd homers. Cueto drops the ball. Cueto serves up another homer. "MVP! MVP!" Shouting down a guy who wanted to start the wave with "Liriano! [clap,clap, clap clap clap]" The crowd refusing to get down whenever any of our pitchers got into trouble. Piling on the runs. Grilli locks it down. Everyone just stands and cheers for another five minutes before we even think about leaving. Amazing night.
(Cueto dropped the ball!)
5 months ago on NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2