Andrew McCutchen in Little League
This guy promised his 4-year-old son that the next time the Pirates were in the playoffs he would dress up “to make him proud.”
The 4-year-old is now 25, and the dad is amazing.
The Pirates are winning their one game playoff. Crowd going nuts. I’m with Mike Birbiglia. Life is weird.
Famous author of young adult books providing awesome shots of the game.
|—||John Smoltz, admiring the PNC Park crowd|
- Reference to 20-year losing streak.
- TBS advertisement for something that’s “Very Funny.”
- Discussion of Andrew McCutchen's MVP merits.
- Gerrit Cole is referred to as “Cole 45.”
- Crowd shots of Primanti Bros sandwiches.
- Close-ups of Justin Morneau’s mustache.
- Pirates score a run or a pitcher successfully lays down a sacrifice bunt.
- Reds batter strikes out.
- Mention of Liriano’s home ERA (1.47) compared to his road ERA (4.33).
A Hearty Gulp
- Crowd shots of the beer vendor with the great mustache and ’70s uniform.
- AJ Burnett’s love of Batman is mentioned.
- Gerrit Cole is referred to as “Cole Train.”
- Any footage of Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Kent Tekulve, or Andy Van Slyke.
- Discussion of Andrew McCutchen’s MVP merits using advanced statistics.
- Francisco Liriano exudes some semblance of effort when up to bat.
- Any mention of Dave Littlefield or Cam Bonifay.
- Pirates’ bullpen is called the Shark Tank.
- Discussion of Francisco Liriano’s increased slider usage.
- Marlon Byrd once again comes up with a big hit to drive in a run.
- Neil Walker’s hometown affiliation with Pittsburgh is mentioned.
- On-screen graphic comparing Pirates’ payroll to rest of the league.
Finish Your Drink
- Pedro Alvarez swings and misses on a slider low and away and then crushes a home run on the next pitch.
- Gerrit Cole is referred to as “Cole Slaw.”
- Anyone talks about how many runs Russell Martin contributed solely by his behind the plate defense and pitch framing.
- If Jack Wilson is helicoptered in for the start of the game.
- The Sid Bream slide is shown (you’ll need it).
- Clint Hurdle is applauded for embracing defensive shifts.
- Francisco Liriano gets a hit.
- Discussion of Pirates’ minor-league development program and top prospects.
Spin Around In a Circle, Raise Your Arms Above Your Head, Cheer Wildly, and Buy a Round for Everyone
- Pirates hit a grand slam.
- Starling Marte steals three bases.
- Andrew McCutchen robs a home run.
- Vin Mazzaro, Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, or Jason Grilli enter a game with runners on base and, like they did all season, keep the Reds from scoring.
- Clint Barmes enters as a defensive replacement and makes a game-saving, highlight-worthy catch.
Wrap Your Arms Around a Loved One and Cry Deep, Beautiful Tears
- The Pirates win.
At this point you’d have to wonder if another team was even playing in the game tonight…
Barry Bonds wore a size 7 1/8 hat and size 10 1/2 shoes
PNC Park, often voted the best ballpark in MLB, will host its first playoff game on Tuesday, October 1.
The Pirates clinched the home field advantage against the Reds in the Wild Card game with a win in Cincy today.
Tuesday’s probable starters:
Francisco Liriano, who keeps shouting “RELAX” which makes sense with his .224 opponents’ BA.
Johnny Cueto, who is well-rested after spending 3 months on the DL and has had two great starts in September
The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates played more than 162 games in a season was 1992. Just a reminder of what was going on 21 years ago (when this post author was starting college):
* The #1 song in September 1992 was “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men (yes MLBOffseason spent $1.29 to bring you that memory). Other 1992 top hits: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, “Jump” by Kriss Kross, and “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
* The number one film in 1992 was Disney’s Aladdin. Other hits: The Bodyguard, Home Alone 2, Batman Returns, and Wayne’s World
* Mortal Kombat was released as an arcade game and Super Mario Kart was introduced on the Super NES.
* George HW Bush was President of the United States
* Mark Rypien led Washington past Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI
* The Winter and Summer Olympics were still held in the same year (Albertville, France and Barcelona, Spain)
* Barney and Friends premiered on PBS
* Microsoft released Windows 3.1
* Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi won the women’s and men’s singles titles at Wimbledon. They were neither dating nor married.
* The Cartoon Network began broadcasting
* Bryce Harper and Miley Cyrus were born
"End of the Road" and Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville are copyright of Decca Records
Bill Mazeroski (1960)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 5, 1921
Manny Sanguillen has a BBQ stand at PNC Park. At said stand they sell this: a pulled pork and pierogi “stacker.” And, oh my goodness, it’s served on a pretzel? Come on already.
And we even bother asking how they have the best record in the NL?
(Image is courtesy of Marty Gobetz on flickr)