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@PatStuart "By the time I'd grown up". Well Pat Stuart, I still don't think you've grown up yet. You have two first names by the way. Maybe that's why you are such a pessimist. Have faith in your 2014 Bucs. I can tell you their future looks brighter than the Steelers does at this point in the cycle.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
You have to watch again on Wednesday.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 4: Cardinals 2 Pirates 1
Cardinals were lucky there is no instant replay this year because Martin threw the runner out at third on reply. That means Beltran was lucky he had the opportunity to knock in runners when in reality the inning would have been over if this was 2014. Cards were very lucky thank you very much!!!!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3
October 1, 2013. Russell Martin ties Andy Van Slyke (0), Barry Bonds (1), and Bobby Bonilla's (1) "combined" HR total of 2. He did it in one game while it took the other three players 53 games to achieve that mark.
October 4, 2013. Pedro Alvarez does the same thing after only three playoff games.
All this when run production and batting averages are down these days because of super bullpens
Bonds batted .167 in the 1990 NLCS and .148 in the 1991 NLCS.
Van Slyke batted .208 in the 1990 NLCS and .160 in the 1991 NLCS.
Bonilla batted .190 in the 1990 NLCS.
Bonilla picked it up to around .300 in the 1991 NLCS and Bonds and Van Slyke both improved to about .250 in the 1992 NLCS.
That HP ump was the worst ever. I had no idea what the strike zone was.
Tremendous resilience by our Bucs tonight. I've enjoyed 3 Division Titles but never celebrated a series victory. I really want to know to know what that feels like.
mwr505.....Well thought out write-up. I have to agree with you. I am 40 BTW so my true life experience with the Pirates starts in the mid 80s right after the drug trials.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
@LastingsMilledgeville @JeffreyMccartney Bigger Stadium yes. But not selling out 17 of 18 NLCS games at Three Rivers Stadium when that was the only round of the playoffs prior to the World Series (back then) says a lot about our fan support back then. The Braves sold out all their games in the 1992 NLCS by the way. St Louis averaged 41K fans over 81 games this year so I think good fan support should have been able to get us 60K in 3 games in 1992. I was at many of those games in the early 1990's and those crowds were not that loud mainly because it was a much older audience.
Is Cole getting more rest than the rest of our pitchers? Would be something interesting to research.
@LastingsMilledgeville This is something I've really thought about. I think the passion for your team's manager and players really dictate how fans react in the stands. I'm sure those who watched the 1979 Pirates can attest to that. While hind sight is 20-20, I don't remember having the same attachment towards the early 1990's Pirates as I do with the 2011-2013 Pirates. I viewed the 1990's as a team that was rather cold and cocky with tons of talent but always "underachieved" in the postseason. Our best players hit under .200 in the postseason and always looked lost. Leyland was cold and cocky then and he's still an ass. Leyland always wants to go where there is loads of potential and will leave when he doesn't get his way. He would never have taken the job Hurdle did after the 2010 season (our worst in the 20 year losing streak BTW). Bonds was an ass to the media and will never be in the Hall as long as he's alive. Bonilla was an ass to the media and overrated (the Mets still owe him money BTW). Hell, we let Sid Bream go and were not completely honest with him when he really didn't want very much to stay in Pittsburgh and look where that got us. I just think we want the current 2013 "overachieving" team to win so bad that we are willing to bust our vocal cords and eardrums to help them. Was there a player with the personality of Cutch on the 1990's team? Maybe Van Slyke. If you also remember, Lind was very cocky like Brandon Philips in the field, but Lind could not hit for shit......Neil Walker is very personably and probably could show up at your house for Thanksgiving and fit right in. Those early 1990's teams remind me so much of the current Red Legs and those teams were missing two things I believe this current team has, a good manager and players with lots of heart. We could lose the next two games but that would not change the way I feel about this team. But I think we win the next two games and I envision myself at PNC on October 14, 2013 vs the Braves with Neil Walker hitting a Game Winning HR over the Clemente Wall in the Bottom of the 9th. I want to play the Braves at PNC in the Playoffs on October 14 so bad it almost hurts. Lets go Bucs!
Tickets for the potential Game 3 of the NLCS in Pittsburgh sold out this morning in 30 minutes and Game 4 and 5 sold out 10 minutes later. We hungry.
Yes. The sound of Joey, Joey, Joey just might do it! Anything to create a true home field advantage.
@LastingsMilledgeville St Louis had the 2nd highest attendance in all of baseball this year and always ranks high in attendance so we should not question their support to their team. In my experience, Cardinal fans are some of the most knowledgeable and respectful of the game. Steeler Crowds were much, much louder back in the early to mid 2000's prior to us winning SB XL and XLIII. They became quieter after we won SB XLIII. Just wait until the Steelers have some years of mediocrity followed by winning, the loud crowds will return. My point is the St Louis Cards Fan Base is used to winning and have a couple rings to show for it in the past 8 years so their current generation expects/demands a winner. Fan support goes in cycles. I can remember NLCS games in Pittsburgh that were not sold out in the early 1990s. Heck, it was very easy for me to get tickets for Game 2 and Game 6 of the 1992 World Series ($45 a piece). Old Fulton County Stadium used to rock with that stupid chant in the early 90's. Years of losing teams motivated those fans; however, that chant while still loud, has quieted down considerably over the years due to the expectation of winning in Atlanta.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
The Bucs played well in all phases today...offense, defense, and pitching. Was very nice to see them take advantage of the Cards sloppy play in the field. Can't wait to see how the Cards respond to 40K insane fans at PNC at Sunday! So Joe Kelly has a 1.00 ERA against us at PNC this year, well I think the 10th man might have something to say about that and it goes like this......Kelly, Kelly, Kelly!
I am very impressed there was no badgering on here of this team, management, and ownership for this one single bad loss. It is evident that a winning season, a playoff birth, and winning a win or go home elimination game has instilled pride, confidence, and maturity in a lot of us. Lets go Bucs!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on NLDS Game 1: Cardinals 9 Pirates 1
The current system is soooo much better than it was prior to the new Wild Card Era. For instance in 1992, after playing 162 games, only 4 teams out of 30 made the playoffs......that sounds really stupid. I mean 162 games and most had nothing to play for in September.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
Great game! What is THOR?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Two to go
That has been our thing this year.....take 3 of 4. Our thing has also been to win 1-0 games. So taking 3 of 4 (unconventionally) and winning 1-0 on Tuesday at PNC sounds great to me!
9 months, 4 weeks ago on The final weekend
Time to pay up!
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 133: Brewers 4 Pirates 0
Kinda strange. I celebrated win 82 like the Pirates were celebrating last night...with lots of tears mixed in. While I am happy, I felt more like the wild card birth was inevitable with this team once win 82 was behind us. Looking forward to an October 1st celebration!
10 months ago on The Pirates are going to the playoffs
Oh, and the 2013 Pirates merely picked themselves up off the mat last night to beat a pitcher who has never lost at PNC and threw a no hitter vs. them last year at PNC (a game which clinched a 20th consecutive non-winning season BTW). There is a lot of character on this Pirates' team. There is also a lot of character on the Cards and Reds Teams.....reason they are all going to the playoffs.
10 months ago on Game 155: Pirates 4 Reds 2
The 2013 Pirates showed us what they were made of last night which certainly looked liked a clubhouse full of heart to me. Could they lose a one and done Wildcard Game vs the Red Legs at GAB or PNC? Of course they could........but they could also win that that game. I think the doom and gloom and devastated posters from last night are very fragile Pirate fans. They worry the Pirates might make a playoff run which creates the fear that the Pirates will lose in a Game 5 NLDS or Game 7 NLCS scenario and they view that as more failure, not success. The ones who wrote we might not even make the playoffs, I don't consider you Pirates fans. Please post on here as non-Pirate fans for the rest of year and figure out who you really want to support during the offseason. Going to win 90+ games this year with a such a small payroll....nice. The last time I looked at our minor league prospects, the Pirates were ranked 6th in all of MLB so the future looks good....nice. And oh by the way, if you know anything about professional sports, the Pirates are putting a much better team on the field than the Steelers are right now so freaking enjoy it.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gerrit Cole and Yu Darvish face off as Pirates look to snap losing streak
@justinzeth Justin you POS. You are obviously not a Pirate fan because every time the Pirates do poorly you come on here and pounce on them. Bring it AHOLE. I told you once and I'll say it again, you come on this site and pose as a Pirates fan and I will expose you every time because I love the Pirates that much and my dedication is that deep.. So live with that. If you want to post as a non-Pirate fan then that is fine and acceptable. Just stop being the liar and fake Pirate fan you've been when we all know you are not one.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 140: Cardinals 12 Pirates 8
You wrote this last time AHOLE: "Pretty sure the Cardinals are going to sweep us". Along with a bunch of other garbage and the Bucs took 2 of 3.
I responded with: I would never bank on any garbage you write. Your credibility as a Pirate fan is ruined. Go find a new team to root for if your pretty sure the current team you support will get swept in any three game series.
My response still holds true you jerk. You are not a Pirate fan because basically you're calling for two sweeps in a row in this series when we've already won the season series. Question is how stupid are you and what high school did you do to so I can ensure my children never come within 50 miles of that place.
One more win to #82...then lots of tears....then I will start looking ahead.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 138: Pirates 4 Brewers 3
@justinzeth "Pretty sure the Cardinals are going to sweep us". You are a joke. Next time I see you on this site, I hope it's not as a Pirate fan.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 133: Brewers 4 Pirates 0
@justinzeth "Pretty sure the Cardinals are going to sweep us".
I would never bank on any garbage you write. Your credibility as a Pirate fan is ruined. Go find a new team to root for if your pretty sure the current team you support will get swept in any three game series.
@wkkortas @justinzeth @Eephus I think we could make that bet more interesting. More like the loser makes a donation to a charity of the winners choosing.
@DouggieB You are correct. I know nothing about you DouggieB and your frustration. But I too have endured the Pirates not scoring a run in the final 22 innings of the 1991 NLCS, the Sid Bream play at the plate in the 1992 NLCS, and of course the 20 straight losing seasons since. Heck the last time Pirates had a winning season I was 19 years old. I am 40. As far as collapses, yes we did collapse in 1991, 1992, and 2012. 2011's team just overachieved early in my opinion so I do not consider that year a collapse because they still ended up winning 15 more games than in 2010.
So if you look big picture, things have changed dramatically in this organization over the past 6 years and there is a lot to be positive about these days.....
2007 - New Ownership/New GM
2007 - Minor League system ranked 23rd in all of baseball.
2010 - 57 Wins,
2011 - New Manager
2011 - 72 Wins
2012 - 79 Wins
2013 - 77 Wins and counting, 1.0 GB of 1st place and lead final wildcard by 8.5 games with 30 games left.
2013 - Minor league system ranked 6th in all of baseball.
My point in all of this as a die-hard Pirate fan, go back and read my first paragraph but still know I am still very excited about this weekend because I love this Pirates team and I believe in all the players! I think many of the 115,000 fans who will pack PNC this weekend do too. And yes, there will be lots, and I mean LOTS of tears of relief and joy on this end when they win #82 here in a week or two. More tears if they make the playoffs, even if it only a wildcard birth. I guess IMO, that's what loving and supporting your team (especially when management finally puts a good team on the field like this one) is really about.
@DouggieB @Bryan Well I just think that DouggieB should go find another team to root for because I do not consider him a Pirate fan.
All told we lost one game in the standings over the weekend and have split the season series with the Reds (6-6). The Reds are the hottest they have been since pre-1900....odds that continues? We just need to keep winning series....especially at home. I'll take a 7-4 homestand please!
1 year, 11 months ago on Game 107: Pirates 6 Reds 2 | August 2012
Carnegie Chip. Forgot to mention Hurdle will help end the 19 year losing streak. The Rockies were good when they had Hurdle and now they have Tracey and they are bad.....do you want Tracey back? He should be available this offseason.
1 year, 11 months ago on This is it | August 2012
Carnegie Chip. I know.....hard to believe we went 57-105 games two years ago before Hurdle arrived. This year will we have the second highest attendance in our history which should help down the road toward getting better players. Hard to believe we were able to keep all our top prospects at this trading deadline.
Fort was safe by all angles shown on Root Sports too.
2 years ago on Game 72: Phillies 5 Pirates 4 | May 2012