Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Monday column is a tribute to sports’ toughest fans, meaning those of you lunatics who persevered through two decades of losing. You know who you are, you know why you did it, and you know how much you deserve to see the Pirates succeeding now.
Been thinking about this one for a bit, and this seemed like the right time with the team touching first place and now coming home for a Monday night against the Reds. Only the diehards can truly appreciate the sense of duty that accompanied going to the ballpark for a Monday night against the Reds for so, so long.
Do you qualify for this tribute?
My simple answer is this: If you think you do, then you do.
But if you really want to know for sure, then feel free to answer these five simple questions on our highly unofficial test:
1. Which hurt more, the day the Pirates drafted Daniel Moskos, the night they rained out a game with the Red Sox even though it barely rained, that game they played against the Brewers (take your pick), or the installation of what now is the Pirates Charities sign that defiled the architectural symmetry of the ballpark from the Downtown side? (Sorry, you didn’t think I’d skip that one, did you?)
2. Name one personnel evaluation worse than sending Brant Brown to center field.
3. When the Phillies’ Pat Burrell got really mad at a fan in the left-field bleachers, what did he throw in one’s face?
4. Most symbolic choice for a No. 3 hitter over all these 18 years?
5. Do you purposely leave the ballpark before fireworks start just to show that’s not why you came?
Actually, forget the rest. If you answer yes to No. 5, you’re in.
>> I’ll be at the ballpark tonight, producing a Pirates feature for Tuesday.
>> This was KDKA-TV’s Sports Showdown late last night.