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As a lifelong fan of the pitiful Pittsburgh Pirates, I don’t know where to begin. I mean, look at the team. We have a great shot at making the playoffs, and if we don’t I think the city of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania as a whole, would riot.
But really, being a long time fan of a winning team has it’s downsides. So, at the risk of sounding like a whining spoiled child, I will now tell you everything wrong with being a Pirates fan these days. Read the rest of this entry
It’s that time in the season again. The time when we all look at our teams records and realize that they’re either A) A major disappointment, B) A pleasant surprise, or C) Something in between the two. But to really break down what team is what, I prefer to look at “Postseason Probability”, a colorful graph that can be viewed here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/probability.jsp?ymd=20121003
But what exactly does that graph mean? What are the stories behind the numbers? And who really is the biggest loser, and the biggest winner? (Stats As Of 9/3/13).
This week, I visited my grandparents house in Johnstown, PA. While there, I spent a considerable amount of time at my grandpa’s golf course, and more specifically, the clubhouse. I’ve talked about the Clubhouse before, it was where I first started to watch baseball. The place where we had to watch the Pirates on the little screens in the back of the room, once even having to go to the Locker Room to watch on one of the smallest TVs I’ve ever seen. But. We made it through. So, when I revisited this week, I discovered just how full the Pirates Bandwagon is.
Last week we had some exciting matchups in Mascotapalooza, and we saw some favorites go home early. In case you missed it, get caught up with all the action here: https://baseballrevival.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/2013-mascotapalooza-round-one/#more-8853
We’re down to the sweet 16, so lets begin
This week I struggled to find anything worth writing about without repeating myself over and over in posts. So. We get this. The 2013 Mascotapalooza! This is the MLB Edition and here’s how it works:
We’re going to do this tournament style. The Mascots have been randomly seeded and will fight it out in an all out street fight, Rocky V style. The winner will be determined by the highly scientific method of me saying who won with input from our second Judge and my good friend Mitch. The list of Mascots comes from here. There are 39 mascots on that list, but 7 Did Not Qualify for the tournament. Those 7 are:
Lefty and RIghty
Mascots WILL be permitted to use any accessories or Props that they normally carry. Now lets GET READY TO RUMBLE.
I know the exact moment that I, and perhaps the entire city of Pittsburgh, stopped waiting, and started believing. July 30th. Game 2 of perhaps the biggest Doubleheader in the biggest series ever at PNC Park. The Pirates entered the day down .5 games in the Central. They had won game 1 on a walkoff “single” off the Pitchers glove. And now, they were leading 2-0 in Game 2. Then, up stepped Andrew McCutchen.
Andrew lifted a fly ball deep into the night. Well, deep into Matt Hollidays glove, and then into the night. And that’s when it happened. A fan, perhaps drunk beyond measure due to 4 hours or so of uninterrupted drinking, gave the city the permission to believe. Because instead of going after the homerun ball sitting next to him. He went after the outfielder standing in front of him. And this unidentified fan welcomed the city to a pennant race.