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Not including all the good things the Pirates did today (win, Cole being great, Pedro killing the ball, Morneau showing signs of life, squishing the "just happy to be here" narrative, and so forth), my favorite part was Costas one-upping every writer who has spelled McCutchen's last name incorrectly by referring to him as "Lawrence McCutchen".
5 months ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
The only thing that could make me any more emotional about this game is if the Pirates took the field while the instrumental music from the playoff game in "Major League" blared over the stadium speakers.
Good luck to all of us.
5 months, 1 week ago on National League Wild Card Game preview: This is what we've been waiting for
Same old Pirates, preparing to play a meaningless final game of the season.
5 months, 1 week ago on Game 161: Pirates 8 Reds 3
We get back to worrying about the division, home field, avoiding the need for Jeff Locke to start again this season, all of that can wait for tomorrow. Tonight, I am going to hang out with this big shit-eating grin that won't leave my face. Let's all inhale this right now.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1
For a while, my biggest fear has been not that the Pirates lose in the playoffs, but that we lose to the Reds in the playoffs because Hurdle is out-managed by Baker. Games like today do little to assuage this fear.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 156: Reds 11 Pirates 3
I am going to sleep so much better tonight than I did last night. Thank you Bucs.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 155: Pirates 4 Reds 2
My life consists of two true outcomes lately: hope and a great night of sleep with each win, despair and a night of tossing and turning with each loss. Here's to more of the former than the latter this weekend.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on (Hopefully not) the last home series
The magic number for the Pirates making the playoffs is ten. That means the magic number for the Pirates magic number to make the playoffs being in the single digits is one. I like that.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 145: Pirates 7 Rangers 5
I was thinking about the ground rule double and runners from first not being allowed to score. Why is that not determined by a judgement call from the ump? The game is filled with judgement calls, many people even embrace it (Human Element, I'm looking at you). The strike zone is interpreted, the definition of a check swing is not committed to paper but passed along though storytelling and parables to every new generation of umpires, balks are called based upon whims and antiquated notions, the neighborhood play exists, and the infield fly rule is filled with suppositions, assumptions, and, well, judgments. Yet for some reason, the ground rule double is a Bright Line.
The only way McCutchen, on first with two outs and going on contact, does not score on Pedro's double is if he gets lost and turns right at third base, yet the rule is that the ump can't make that assumption based upon his judgement. These are the same umpires who, when trying to determine whether a pitcher simply had a pitch get away from him or meant harm to a batter by aiming at his head, are called upon to divine intent, a.k.a. Read the Pitcher's Fucking Mind. But allowing them to award home to a fast runner on first running on contact would apparently give them too much discretion and power, and disrupt the current system where they have limited control over a game and are exceedingly meek and humble.
What a strange game.
6 months, 1 week ago on Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 6
After Cutch was thrown out at home and then the Giants came back to tie the game, I started thinking about how this game felt awfully similar to many of our games lately. Early Pirate runs put a smile to my face, I feel like this game is going to be different, then nothing is added on, the other team ties it, and we ultimately lose.
Is this trend real, or just selective editing on the part of my memory? If real, is there a reason behind it, such as opposing pitchers adjustments after the first time through the lineup? I was set to dig through the numbers, then the Pirates scored seven in the fifth inning, and a big smile came to my face, and I decided things were different now, that my search probably would have been inconclusive anyway, and I went to bed.
In summary, more runs equal better sleep.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 127: Pirates 10 Giants 5
So it is out of pity for the Padres offensive woes that Harrison is our leadoff man? Thanks, Hurdle. My appreciation for your altruism will help me deal with any other frustrating decisions you make tonight.
(Please please please win this game. I don't want to have to deal with myself if you don't.)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on A different kind of West Coast trip in August
The past two starts by Locke have not only been games that we probably should have lost, but also the types of games we are usually on the opposite side of. Take last week's game against St. Louis from the Cards point of view. The opposing pitcher is giving up hits all day long, the opposing defense is shaky, the opposing catcher is caught stealing TWICE, yet the Cardinals lose because the go-ahead run moved into scoring position by tagging from first on a fly ball to left. Not just a normal loss, but a loss that makes the team and fans wonder what in the hell just happened.
We've been on the other side of games like last night, avoiding the big threat in the bottom of the eighth only to be finished off by someone like Josh Harrison in the bottom of the ninth. We've lost games like this before, and we will lose games like this again, but when we win them, I start thinking about things falling in to place and this season being different and I shudder. Then I put that thought away and wait for today's lineup to come out and focus on the pitching matchup.
7 months ago on Game 112: Pirates 4 Marlins 3
I could watch his first inning strikeout of Pujols all summer long.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 74: Pirates 4 Angels 2
As the ball was heading to right, I asked myself who was playing RF today. My brain quickly came back with the answer, and I cringed. Now that we apparently have a catcher who can throw to second on the fly, the most painful thing to watch as a Bucs fan is Jones stumbling around in right with a "this is going to get worse before it gets better" look on his face.
11 months, 1 week ago on Here goes something
"Attention, HO-scale passengers. The dining car is closed. Root beer is still available, but the cost is now six-fifty. If the passengers will look to their right, you will see a sad man. That is all."
We are all that sad man.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 155: Reds 1 Pirates 0
Not surprised, just saddened. It feels like I am eight years old and I got grounded just before my best friend's birthday party. All of the fans of playoff contenders are watching games closely, looking at standings and remaining schedules, and I am sitting on the floor, staring at the wall.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 149: Brewers 9 Pirates 7
My favorite "what-if" is imagining what would have happened if Burnett didn't break his eye during a freaking spring training bunting competition and was able to pitch in April. If the Pirates finish a game or two out, I will blame this while simultaneously laughing at how perfectly it sums up the Hurdle experience.
1 year, 5 months ago on Here we go | August 2012
The stinkiest part of his series is that we have a manager who is being out-managed by Dusty Baker. That's an impressive feat in a limbo sort of way.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 141 Precap: F*ck you, Pirates | August 2012
@wkkortas I miss that guy.
1 year, 5 months ago on I don't have anything to say right now | August 2012
Every night, I watch less and less of each game, shaking my head at something stupid that just occured before tuning out. Every morning I look at the standings and see that we are still within striking distance, tell myself that we can't keep playing this crappily, and gear up to watch another game that evening. I know if the Bucs make it into the wildcard game, Barmes and Barajas will go a combined 0-7 with 6 K's, Qualls will do something dumb in a high leverage situation, and we will give up 9 stolen bases, all uncontested. It will most likely be horrible, but I want it so bad.