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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.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
You have to watch again on Wednesday.
2 months 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!!!!
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
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.
@mwr505 @LastingsMilledgeville Not to beat a dead horse, but I did some research and Three Rivers Stadium only sold out 1 of the 18 NLCS games it hosted and that Game 4 of the 1992 NLCS. So incredibly we did not sell out Game 7 of the 1991 NLCS. I knew attendance was poor back then but WTF?
@LastingsMilledgeville I hate to beat a dead horse, but this article may surprise a lot of you who are 25 and under. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-10-10/sports/1992284065_1_cerrone-pirates-game
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.
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!
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
Great game! What is THOR?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Two to go