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Morning Java: Greatest baseball crowd ‘ever … anywhere’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Wednesday column from PNC Park celebrates the greatest baseball crowd ever. And that’s not according to just me. Ask the Pirates’ veterans and even a couple of the Reds.

And here’s my tour of the postgame, champagne-soaked clubhouse, with interviews mixed in there of Russell Martin, Clint Hurdle, Ray Searage, Marlon Byrd and A.J. Burnett. Think you’ll like this one …

A game story that’s ‘Worth the wait,’ by beat man Rob Biertempfel.

Francisco Liriano was masterful through a sinus infection, by Travis Sawchik.

The game slipped out of Johnny Cueto’s hand, too, by Karen Price.

Those Stargell stars were Jeff Banister’s idea, by Biertempfel.

The pregame buildup is covered by Tony La Russa and Chris Togneri.

And man, did our photo staff knock it out of the park. There are two photo galleries, one for the game, the other for the scene as a whole. You must click on these.

Here are a couple samples, the first from our Andrew Russell


This panoramic rotunda shot by Philip G. Pavely


Cutch and Mrs. Cutch after her rousing anthem, by Chris Horner


And Walker’s RBI double to left, by Chaz Palla


Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here are official game highlights from And if you want to skip right through to the phenomenal Cueto-Martin sequence, you’re welcome.

>> The Steelers address their lack of tackling, by Mark Kaboly.

They also address Mike Tomlin talking of job loss, by Ralph Paulk.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including an update on Ben Roethlisberger’s finger.

Here are official game highlights from

>> The iffy goaltending is examined by Josh Yohe as part of our weeklong Penguins season preview.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage, with always welcome Olli Maatta stuff.

Pucks opened last night with a nice trio of games, not least of which was a rousing Jets-Oilers clash I was able to catch for at least the third period. Here are official game highlights from

>> The TribLIVE Radio show will air from 2-3 p.m., featuring talk on all three teams.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Nate83 says:

    Great column DK. Obviously one you had to complete on the fly as it happened and you captured the moment perfectly. Really a testament to your talent. I don’t think anyone could have described the emotion more exact and complete. The fact that you did it so quick is an amazing achievement.

    DK: Thanks, Nate. In that sense, it’s not any different than any other night-game column in that one version is due immediately after the final out, and the final version one hour after that. Been doing that for a long, long time.

  2. bizrow says:

    As per usual, will wait to read your column Dejan, till I get home from work tomorrow.

    But your headline hit it right on.

    I was in awe of the crowd for the first few innings

    And I loved your tweet about 40,000 willing them to win.

    There were a few nervous moments for me, but I remember thinking, the Reds have no chance, 20 years of karma and hidden vigorish raining all over them

    Cardinals? Bring them on

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  4. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    No question that this was a stupendous show put on by the Pirates and fans.
    Truly incredible performance from start to finish.
    This team is heading to St. Louis with some elimination game experience and a whole lot of confidence.
    Thanks for the effort Pittsburgh…….We’re movin’ on!

  5. Skip says:

    Just a very nicely written column, Dejan. You really captured the essence of what transpired last night. The Pirates were superb, and the energy from the fans was amazing.

    DK: Thanks, Skip.

  6. bizrow says:

    The best is yet to come

    The right field seats started the Cueto chant

    Or from where I recognized it

  7. Dadtackular says:

    DK: Thank you for the video coverage and interviews in the locker room! It’s GREAT to see players and coaches in that atmosphere!

    DK: Glad you watched. I haven’t looked at it yet, but I remember waving the camera around a lot and looking for actual interviews.

  8. Ed says:

    A wonderful night for the Pirates and the fans. Glad to be moving on from a one and done to an actual series. Couldn’t be there last night but can’t wait to be there Sunday and Monday.

  9. BDHumbert says:

    Sorry I missed you guys earlier – but I had a ball game to go to….

    It was awesome. Took my little sister and we had a great time – part of which was the walk to and from the stadium on the Clemente Bridge. The atmosphere and enthusiasm was awesome.

    Never been prouder to be a Burger and a Pirate fan – hoping I get to see the clincher this weekend in the next series – Sunday would be great – but I can live with Monday…

    Only disappointment of the night is we never got a good view of the Duck ;-)

  10. OldSoldier21 says:

    Very nice column, Dejan. Well done, sir, well done indeed. You nailed it. One of the TBS TV broadcast crew said: “now I know what 21 years of frustration dressed in black sounds like.” He was close, that was 21 years of unrequited love on display. The team finally gave them a reason to unleash all that emotion…….

  11. tdb1977 says:

    I’m going to put this very bluntly – GREATEST BASEBALL GAME EVER that I have ever witnessed before. The screaming, cheering, absolutely into this game fans were the definiation of the 10th man! And I can proudly whisper today that I was there as I have no voice at all. It hurts to talk. My head is still pounding from last night and I had nothing to drink but the ice teas at dinner and the pop I had during the game.

    The fans where into this game from well before first pitch and well after the last out was recorded. The fans were everywhere. From my vantage point, you could see the crowd become larger and larger on the bridge as the game went on. The fans inside the stadium became louder and louder as each pitch was delivered. When we started screaming “Cue-to”, you could see him become rattled immediately. I was surprised that no one came out to talk to him right away after dropping the ball. Toothpick let him flaunder out there.

    Anytime a new pitcher came in for the Reds, they were greated with chants. I am so glad that I was able to witness this game in person. I hope that the fans that watched this game on TV last night, felt the energy through their TVs. The nation got a great look at the pysche of this team last night. And I have no doubt in my mind that the Cardinals watched and began to immiedately think – we better not go into PNC Park on Sunday down 0-2 because they are going to be loud, they are going to be vocal, they are going bousterious. If the fans were on top of them in the doubleheader a couple of months ago, I can only imagine what its going to be like Sunday when they come back to PNC to play.

    When the final out was recorded last night – none of the fans wanted to leave. Almost everyone stood and cheered the highlights that were being shown on the screen. As we left the stadium last night and head back across the bridge – fans were standing on the bridge cheering and screaming as loudly as they could. It was a tunnel of noise and jubulation to leave the stadium. Anytime a Reds fan walked through this tunnel – they were sang Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey Hey Hey Good Bye and you could hear that go up and down the bridge.

    My god, just writing this has re-amped me up from last night. I know that I will be racing home on Thursday from work – to get home by first pitch to watch this game. I’ll have the towel they handed out to everyone next to me, and everytime the Bucs make a play, get a strikeout, or score a run – that towel will be flying in the air as I wave.


  12. Drew71 says:

    I nodded off during the 8th, which is probably good. Had I stayed up, don’t think I would have been able to sleep for hours. I DVRed it so I’ll catch the end and celebration. I cannot WAIT to watch.

    Last night I was texting my lunatic son, posting to the lunatic blog, and generally being a lunatic.

    Kinda having having an emotional reaction this morning.

    Dejan, your column was, well, lunaticly fun. I mean that as a compliment. On another day from another column, I’d post:

    “Francisco Liriano, whose slider was criminal enough to have him sent to the Hague.”
    – What would THAT prove? We all KNOW Matt Hague can’t hit MLB pitching.

    But not today.


    (And that was also for former poster Free-You-Know-Whoo.)

    Many of you know I don’t use the first person to refer to the teams I follow. I don’t play so I don’t think I should say “we”.

    We Won.

  13. JoeyBats says:

    It’s going to be a fun ………B-U-C-T-O-B-E-R :-)
    Great column DK….thank you.
    Beat Em Bucs !

  14. Drew71 says:

    And did you all see the Penguins playing Ice Wiffle Ball in Pirate shirts yesterday?

    Looked a whole lot like how the Pirates played in 2010.

    Or the Reds last night.

    But a whole lot more fun.

  15. War Horse says:

    DK, your camera work in the clubhouse last night was first rate. No swish-pans like most people, good framing, fine audio and steadiness all around in that madhouse atmosphere. Along with your tour guide of London Bridge last week, you have the makings of a professional filmmaker. Give us more. Oh, yeah, and the column was excellent. You saw stuff the rest of us missed.

  16. John Lease says:

    I stayed up and watched some of the worst postgame show ever.

    Cincinnati Reds, suck on it long and hard today.

    In the most family-friendly way possible.

  17. Tom P. says:

    I was pretty ambivalent about getting a home playoff game because, generally speaking, home field advantage is not worth as much in baseball as it is in other sports. After last night, I was wrong about that one. The crowd was remarkable, the blackout was a great visual. It’s almost too bad that Sunday and Monday are likely to be day games because the black may lose some of its effect. Can’t wait for Thursday.

  18. NMR says:

    Very, very impressive.

  19. 21sthebest says:

    PNC Park far exceeded my expectations last night. I couldn’t even put the experience into words so I won’t.

    And what has really impressed me is how Hurdle has these guys ready to play these 4 games with the Reds. Relaxed, confident, intense and prepared.

  20. Richard says:

    Pittsburgh made me proud last night. Thank you to all those fans who unleashed 21 years of love and frustration. It was an incredible display. Somewhere The Great One and Pops are smiling. Lets go Bucs!

  21. Jandy says:

    “We Won”


  22. Jandy says:

    ” they were sang Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey Hey Hey Good Bye and you could hear that go up and down the bridge.”

    Spunky’s favorite song :)

  23. Jandy says:


  24. Hoov36 says:

    Louder than any crowd in any sport! Pens fans and Steeler fans take notes. Thats how you cheer your hometown team on.

  25. JAL says:

    JAL’s My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    BLOGS and such

    4—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Pirates Advance to Face the Cardinals in the NLDS

    The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

    Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory

    5 Bucs Dugout

    Francisco Liriano, Pirates fans key terrific 6-2 win as Bucs advance

    6 Rumbunter

    Fire Up The Pumpkin, Cinderella Pittsburgh Pirates Headed To NLDS


    NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2

    8 The Green Weenie

    Meet You In St. Louis – Bucs Roll 6-2

    9 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 6, Reds 2

    10 City of Champions

    2013 MLB Playoffs: Pittsburgh Pirates deliver perfect game in postseason return

  26. Jandy says:

    Newbies, lurkers, and those from “the other paper”, we want to chat with you!
    If you post your hometown, Biz will add it to the list of Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum.
    Show your pride to be a Bucco fan :)
    Don’t be shy, we don’t bite!

  27. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Wall Street Journal

    Pittsburgh Pirates Beat Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in First Postseason Appearance in 21 Years

    12 USA Today

    17 awesome things about the Pittsburgh Pirates

    13 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates: “The Burg” Has Always Been A Baseball Town

    14 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Reds fall to Pirates in Wild Card game

    Daugherty: Reds got what they deserved in Pittsburgh

    15 New York Times

    OHighlights and Analysis: 2013 N.L. Wildcard — Pirates 6, Reds 2

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates power past Reds in wild-card game; Cards next

    17 St Louis Post Dispatch

    Cards leave road games to youngsters

    Mujica seeks fresh start in October

    18 PBC Site

    Buctober begins: Pirates advance to NLDS

    Fans as much a factor in Bucs’ win as players

    Martin rewards Pirates’ faith with multihomer game


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Nine Players Who Could Back into World Series Rings

    20 Fangraphs

    Francisco Liriano’s Dominating Slider

    Pedro Alvarez, Edwin Encarnacion, and Usable Power

  28. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Kelvin Beachum will replace Mike Adams at left tackle, according to ESPN report

    Ben Roethlisberger dislocated index finger on throwing hand in loss to Vikings

    22 Steelers Gab

    Le’Veon Bell Is The ‘Crown Royal “Reign On” Player Of The Week’ For Week 4


    23 London Evening Standard

    Martin Jol has the raw talent, so why is he getting it wrong?

    24 World Soccer Daily

    10 stories you need to read, 1st October, 2013


    25 Pensburgh

    Pens Points Wednesday: Season Opens with Goals, Fights

  29. Brandie says:


    Greatest column ever…Anywhere!

  30. JAL says:

    My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own Connie Francis, number 1 the first week of October 1960

  31. Vette60 says:

    Wow – what a night! The crowd was incredible and so was the team on the field! Fear the Bones indeed…

    The national guys on MLB network were talking about the crowd, the TBS guys, everybody! The flags, the blackout, the fantastic Cue-to chants….

    The column really summed it up well and Clint and his crew really get it. They are looking good.

    Enjoy the day. I am on cloud 9.

    Can’t wait for the Cards series to start!

    Let’s go Bucs!

    Randy in RVA.

  32. Jandy says:

    Just read the column. Thanks, Dejan, you made me cry :)

  33. Jandy says:

    Newbies, lurkers, and those from “the other paper”, we want to chat with you!
    If you post your hometown, Biz will add it to the list of Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum.
    Show your pride to be a Bucco fan :)
    Don’t be shy, we don’t bite!

  34. Drew71 says:

    My dad who played mainly minor league ball and once managed used a term:

    “Relaxed Concentration”

    That always seemed about right to me. Too much in any direction doesn’t seem to work, at least over the long term. John Russell Relaxed. Larry Bowa Intense concentration.

    There are plenty of exceptions but I wholeheartedly agree with your point.

  35. Drew71 says:

    If you like crying I’ll send you my wife

  36. Chuck Snow says:

    Hey and thanks for that link to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Cliff Radel column is a must read for any Pittsburgh sports fan. What a hate letter he wrote to the city. Wow bitter does not even describe it.

  37. Thundercrack says:

    I was also at the game last night. I really can’t begin to describe it.
    The word “awesome” won’t do it justice. I have never seen or experienced anything like that in my life.

    I was proud of our city, of our team, …and proud to be a Pirate fan.

    Near the end of the game and the crowd was going crazy and chanting something (again) I turned to my friend and said “This is like one of those crowds at soccer games. I think”

  38. Jandy says:

    ha! She’d run my car without oil and I’d put my size 9 wides where the sun doesn’t shine! ;)

  39. Chuck Snow says:

    thanks for that link to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Cliff Radel column is a must read for any Pittsburgh sports fan. What a hate letter he wrote to the city. Wow bitter does not even describe it.

  40. radio wave says:

    Congrats to every Pirates fan everywhere. You waited a long time and you deserve all the joy this morning. The atmosphere at the Park even came through the radio. I am not particularly a bob walk fan, but it may have been his bes broadcast ever. Before the first pitch Brown asked him how he felt, and he said he was more nervous than he had ever been for a game he had played in. Only downside to the event was fans in outfield reaching for probable home runs. Everyone wants to catch a ball, particularly on a night like that, but you can’t impact the game.

    And DK thanks for the short note of last night’s NHL openers.

    Looking forward to your radio show today. I expect the spirit oflast night to carry through your broadcast today. And as a Red Sox fan, I am also interested in tonights AL Wild Card too. But I don’t think the Indians fans can be anywhere near as electric as the folks at PNC were last night.

    With a wonderful wife who happens to be a Cardinals fan, it will be an interesting few days around our house.

  41. Jandy says:

    would be nice if you’d post a link…

  42. Jandy says:

    again, can you post a link?

  43. Jandy says:

    oh my…a Cards fan …. sucks to be you ;)

  44. kr70 says:

    I thought one thing that hasn’t been mentioned about last nights game was when Frankie didn’t come out for the 8th the crowd stood and shouted “Liriano, clap, clap, clapclapclap, for 5 minutes. He had to feel the love.
    what a game…. a shared memory with my 2 children and 41,000 others that I will never ever forget
    ps. Mrs. Cutch has some pipes!!!

  45. theplanisworking says:

    You continue to fib like this, you will lose your wings !!

    We all know you have had your shots, so just admit you bite! ;)

  46. theplanisworking says:

    I couldnt find it either……..

  47. Jandy says:

    I choose my moments ;)

  48. Jandy says:

    Glad it wasn’t just me lol

  49. Jandy says:

    Ha! My comment is awaiting moderation.
    I posted “ha! a Cards fan…s*cks to be you ;)

  50. theplanisworking says:

    The thing that struck me most about the game was the energy of the crowd.
    Listening to it on TBS (horrible), I heard the crowd really get into it even before the game started. 21 years of frustration, then love came right thru the set. Just by listening to the noise level, it rivaled anything I have heard from hockey arenas, to soccer stadiums.

    Cueto said the crowd didnt effect him. Yeah, right Johnny. And I have a HUGE rubber duck to sell you. Cheap too.

    Byrd proved to be evry bit a catalyst Frankie was. That HR sent the crowd into a more fevered pitch, that just had to scare the Reds. They will deny this, but you could just see how their catcher hung his head after bad pitches, how Votto looked absoBUCNlutely lost at the plate, how Phillips just didnt even appear to try last night.

    And, classless Dusty Baker, true to form, made excuses after the game, instead of giving credit to the Bucs. Dustball (errr, dirtbag), said Fraziers foul ball was the most important thing in the game. Nevermind the crowd, Frankie, Byrd, Martin, etc………… a foul ball was the top play. Yep, glad to see he is still delusional……. he obviously ididnt watch the same game we did.

    Now onward!
    Very happy from last night………………………….. as we all should be.

  51. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good catch. Another thing I never experienced before.

  52. theplanisworking says:

    if you see Biz, I have a third planet to nominate…………..

    Coz that Juan Martinez goof yesterday was wayyyyyyyyyyyy out there. ;)

  53. theplanisworking says:

    Yes Drew, WE won!


  54. defil21 says:

    What a night Pittsburgh. I would have done anything to be at PNC last night. That crowd was amazing. I don’t know what announcer it was last night but he summed it up best when he said that’s what 20 years of frustration, dressed in black sounds like. Now off to St. Louis for some unfinished business. What an amazing year this has been. I had 2 work friends who are die hard Philly fans texting me last night saying they never heard a crowd so loud before. It was truly amazing. I felt that energy all the way down here in VA. Thank God the game was not close when Steve Bartman or Steve Bartman’s dad contributed to Choo’s HR or he might had had to walk the plank literally.


  55. JohninOshkosh says:

    As much as the crowd was awesome last night, so was our little community here on the blog. For those of us who could not go, it was fun watching the game with fellow Bucco fans. It felt like we were all at the same house party! Thanks, guys!

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, catch up with all the posts later today.

    But before I go, I just wanted to get this out of the way early….

    Happy Hump Day, Jandy!!!!!!! ;)

  57. defil21 says:


    Dusty Baker = Tool

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Yes. It was a lovefest here. great point Oshie.

    If one cant be at the games, being here is a very good second.
    Thanks to all……………. it was berry, berry gud to be here!

  59. Chuck Snow says:

    Maybe someone a little more Tech savy could do that..Sorry I just dropped my son off at middle school so he cant help me!

  60. Drew71 says:

    Forget the Cards. They’ll be forgotten soon.

    Sucks to be whoever turns out to be the American League World Series representative.

  61. NMR says:

    “We were mentally prepared,” he said. “I don’t care how mentally prepared you are, they got every hit imaginable. They got check swings. They got infield hits. Got nothing to do with mentally prepared. It’s a different ballgame if Frazier’s ball stays fair. That’s a totally different ballgame. No, it has nothing to do with my club not being mentally prepared. I know it’s easy to say, but that wasn’t the case.”

    I suppose complete and utter denial is an understandable response when one has just finished cementing his team’s legacy as playoff choke artists.

    Not to take anything away from Liriano, but what in the hell were the Reds doing at the plate last night? Mentally prepared? I have never seen Choo and Votto flail at so many balls.

  62. Patrick(RI) says:

    Magnificent column, almost as good as the team, which was almost a good as the crowd. What a night! Now I have to deal with needing to turn down a former student’s incredible offer to share his box seats on Friday night in St. Louis. ARRGHHH . . .

  63. Watching last night from here in South Carolina was an unmatched experience in all my 49 years. Steelers beating Peyton Manning in the playoff game when Ben tackled the DB when the Bus fumbled was the last time I came out of my chair like that.

    When the Cueto chant started, then he dropped the ball, I jumped out of my chair.Then, after the Martin homer, it got very dusty in my living room for about 10 minutes. Driving in to work today here in Charleston SC, all the local and national radio shows were talking about it. Well done Buc fans, well done

  64. Jandy says:

    Thanka, Chuck!

    “But the Bucs shouldn’t dream of sticking their grubby toes into the glass slipper just yet.”

    How does it feel to eat crow, Reds? Never mind the Primanti’s sandwiches….you don’t deserve to put your grubby fingers on one…

  65. Wild Bill says:

    Ah, Chuck, that wasn’t all that bad. If that’s the worst he’s capable of writing, no wonder they lost! Bring it next time, Radel!

  66. Jandy says:

    OK I’m awaitin moderation again :sigh:
    I’ll try reposting:

    Thanks, Chuck!

    “But the Bucs shouldn’t dream of sticking their grubby toes into the glass slipper just yet.”

    How does it feel to eat crow, Reds? Never mind the Primanti’s sandwiches….you don’t deserve to put your grubby fingers on one…

  67. Jandy says:

    What they said!!!!!

  68. Jandy says:

    Liriano made them look quite silly, indeed!

  69. Jandy says:

    Dangit! Moderated again….GrrRrr!

    I posted:

    What they said!

  70. Jandy says:

    woop woop!!!!!

  71. Jandy says:

    C’mon man, quit the moderation GrRrr!

    all I said was:

    woop woop!

  72. Chuck Snow says:

    To be fair to the sports fans in Cincinati the comments section killed this guy..Good for them.

  73. Jandy says:

    I thought it showed a lot of jealousy.

  74. Karen22 says:

    FABULOUS column!! I live 50+ miles from PNC Park and I swear, I could hear that crowd from here!!


    And imagine the smile on my son’s face as he awoke on this (his 31st birthday) exhilarating BUCtober day!!

  75. Patrick(RI) says:

    I just read the Sincinnatti column and was not outraged. What did you see that was not within the pimping realm of truth? If you want pure vitriol, go back several decades to a fine sportswriter, named Jim Murray, who could really spill vile bile about your city and, especially, about the brew he called “Iron Stomach.” I was a young Pirate fan back then, checking the daily papers to see whether Matty Alou or The Great One got the most hits the previous night.

    In sum, I thought this guy did a decent job of whining and he even drew parallels with his own city — fair game, obviously well played, given the reactions, here. IMHO.

  76. Wild Bill says:

    I posted yesterday that I hoped the Bucs and fans would be aggressive without being ugly.

    Well done, all, except maybe for the treatment of Mrs. Latos by some idiot.

    One of the coolest games I ever saw on TV, and Cal Ripken seemed jazzed by it.

    You guys who were there are so lucky – what a memory! And DK, the column was awesome.

  77. Jandy says:

    Good job, you did it :)

  78. Chuck Snow says:

    Thought it was pretty bitter…to be fair the readers killed the guy in the comments section

  79. Jandy says:

    eh..outrage? No.

    I found it rather pathetically humorous…

  80. Arriba Wilver says:

    Leave it to ESPN. I turned on Mike and Mike to see if they were talking about it, and the scroll at the bottom said the Pirates advanced in the post season for the first time since 1979. Said they had lost the first series they played in the last three times. (Referring to 1990-1992). Maybe the intern from the FAA who confirmed the names of the Korean pilots in that crash over the summer is now working for ESPN.

  81. Wild Bill says:

    Exactly. That’s a big part of why it was weak.

  82. Chuck Snow says:

    Well, as Dennis Miller used to say back when he was funny..Thats just my opinion,I might be wrong

  83. It’s a good day to be a Pirates fan. Anywhere.

    I must be the only 37-year old Pirates fan who’d never seen a playoff victory before. :) Glad it was on TV.

  84. Jandy says:

    Regarding Mrs. Latos:
    In no way do I condone violence at a sporting event, but, does anyone know if that fan had provocation? I mean, c’mon. It’s her word…how do we know she is lily white in the entire incident?
    Anything is possible.

  85. Patrick(RI) says:

    It will be fun to see what his follow-up column has to say.

  86. Wild Bill says:

    Jandy, you’ll be awaiting moderation for the rest of your life. That’s why I enjoy you so much, you bring the swag.

  87. Doc says:


    I know you said of today’s column : “it’s not any different than any other night-game column in that one version is due immediately after the final out, and the final version one hour after that. Been doing that for a long, long time.”

    But it was different. It was resonant with the chord that was struck by 40,000 at PNC, and the diaspora of Pirate fans across the country…in bars, in offices, in living rooms like mine where my high school daughter chastised me.. “you know Dad, the other pitcher can’t hear YOU yelling his name.” I didn’t care. It was different. It IS different.

    Thank you for that column. Thank you very much.

  88. Wild Bill says:

    Yep, that’s why I said maybe.

  89. LoufromOSU says:

    Radel’s twitter was nothing but bitter hate last night. He sounds like a true professional.

    And Matt Latos’ wife has been on a quest to make headlines. Claims she was unprovokingly attacked at the game last night and PNC security and Pgh Police did nothing.

  90. Chuck Snow says:

    Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new trick…

  91. I got to wait moderation, too, but the comment has already been approved.

    As for my wife, of course she’s now a Pirates fan, since she went with me to three games (and the last couple innings of another) at PNC Park in July. But what really surprised me was that she passed in front of the TV yesterday, saw Cutch, with no CG help, and said: “McCutchen!” How would I know she’d still remember his name after two months with no baseball contact whatsoever?!

  92. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thinking back to last Monday when the Pirates & Reds both clinched. Some of the Reds ridiculed the Pirates for celebrating while they just showered and went home (not exactly sure where Chapman went). Looking back, maybe the Reds should have celebrated, considering that was the last game they won.

  93. LoufromOSU says:

    She claims that some large man was being mean to Latos’ grandmother, so Dallas went to the security guard to report him. That apparently is what got his lady friend all fired up and spurned the alleged assault.

    She probably was heckled or even subject to some verbal abuse, but I also think she is embellishing this a bit.

  94. NMR says:

    How does that…whatever you want to call it…even make it past the editor?

    Honestly. What was that?

  95. Arriba Wilver says:


  96. Patrick(RI) says:

    He did used to be funny, before he outfoxed himself.

  97. Jim S. says:

    “Took my little sister and we had a great time.”

    Good for you, BD! Glad you both had such a great time and a great game to see.

  98. NMR says:

    “What did you see that was not within the pimping realm of truth?”

    Other than the litany of intelectually lazy, trite cliches?

    Oh, then nothing.

  99. Jim S. says:

    Great recap. Felt like I was there as I read.

  100. Jim S. says:


  101. Iceman says:

    Great column DK! It was awesome watching everything go down on TV, but I can’t even imagine the way it felt (when it is that loud, you feel it) being in that stadium.

    I had to leave my house to go pick up pizza during the game. While listening to the game on the drive, Byrd came up and I said to myself, “Just crush one out of here.” Sure enough, Byrd crushed the ball and I was actually happy I was in the car listening to Greg Brown. It sounded like his head was going to explode. More exciting than Brown’s call, was the crowd after the hit. Brown made his call and then he and Walk shut-up for what seemed like a couple minutes and the noise the crowd was making coming through my radio was remarkable. I have never heard anything like that on the radio before in my life listening to sports.

    Awesome night for the Buccos and the city of Pittsburgh. Keep it rolling!

  102. Lad 9 says:

    JANDY. Our boys did it!!! WOOP WOOP. And that that “writer” can go stuff it. And dude, enjoy covering the Fighting Paintbrushes of the Cincinnati Art Institute in their annual grudge match against the Art Academy of Cincinnati, while the Pittsburgh writers get to cover PLAYOFF BASEBALL. Idiot….

  103. Jim S. says:

    Spare us the political commentary, Patrick.

  104. LoufromOSU says:

    ESPiN has never let facts nor accuracy get in the way of their reporting.

  105. Lad 9 says:

    DK I read the final version per your suggestion. Even better! Thank you. Loved the AJ stuff.

  106. Jim S. says:

    Billy Ripken had said on MLB Network a day earlier that he had adopted the Pirates and that he was a believer. We seem to have locked up the Ripkens, FWIW.

  107. Wild Bill says:

    I got deleted for complimenting Jandy? Seriously?

  108. Lad 9 says:

    ZING. Loved the Chapman reference. + 11 to go

  109. Dom says:

    Nearly 1200 posts in the game thread from yesterday.

  110. Jim S. says:

    Good stuff, Thunder.

    I looked at my wife and kids last night around the 7th inning and said, “That’s it, we’re going Sunday. Who’s with me?” Everyone raised a hand. I’ll find a way.

  111. chef automatic says:

    Awesome atmosphere at PNC last night. And just think how much better it would have been if the Penguins didn’t own this town.

  112. Lad 9 says:

    I think we broke the blog again WB. Johnny Cueto is running the software today….

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    We would be remiss if we didn’t once again thank Walt Jocketty for not claiming Marlon Byrd.

  114. Jandy says:

    I wish Dejan would get his Starbucks and fix this stuff already! >:<

  115. Jandy says:

    All together now:


  116. Jandy says:

    Hey Dom, how’s your stomach today???

  117. Jim S. says:

    Seems to me, the anger and cheap shots in that article were written a long time ago. That guy was just waiting for the right time to release his ugliness.

    I went to college near Cincinnati and spent a lot of time there in my professional career as well. I always thought Cincinnati was as close to Pittsburgh as any city in the midwest. It looks a lot like Pittsburgh, and the people are pretty similar. This guy’s hatred for us is the exception.

  118. Pucknutz says:

    Ya man – You “really could” feel the energy through the TV !!!!!!!
    Simply amazing !!!
    The “Cue-to” chant floored me! Thought I was watching a hockey game for a minute LOL
    Beat em Bucs!!!

  119. Jandy says:

    hey Alexandre! Our good luck charm. happy Bucnation day to ya :)

  120. Wild Bill says:

    Guess so, Lad. Found my post way above and in the wrong place. Now out of context.

  121. Jandy says:

    Lou, you’re prolly right…and don’t think for one minute us “grandmother” types can’t be mouthy, too ;)

  122. Jandy says:

    Good job, Mrs. Alexandre :)

  123. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m more worried about his hair.

  124. Jim S. says:

    Good for the readers that nailed him in the comments section. As I have said here, I took my kids to see the Pirates and Reds earlier this year in Cincinnati and we were treated well.

  125. Dom says:

    Great! Thanks for asking!

  126. Lad 9 says:

    Reposting this from late last night because I feel even more amped than I was then…..

    Back from the North Shore. I have been to three AFC championship wins, a Pens game seven, NCAA tournament games, the US Open. NOTHING….. and I mean NOTHING… compares to this game tonight. The best crowd, the most well run event (Steelers take note), perfect managing , great defense and offense. It was all there.

    The atmosphere was beyond electric. I can not even describe it. I was humbled to be there and I was moved to near tears several times. So proud of Pittsburgh baseball fans. I wish every lunatic could have shared it with me. Thank you Pirates. LETS GO BUCS!! The dream continues. WOW! It really is happening.

  127. Arriba Wilver says:


  128. Jandy says:

    woop woop! lol
    A great day, indeed, lad :)

  129. Jandy says:

    LOL WB, thanks, friend :)
    Brandie is much better than I am , but we both try to keep up with yinz guys ;)

  130. Jandy says:

    I am so jealous. lol
    But…bring home the W!!!!

  131. Jandy says:

    You brought home the W :) :D

  132. Dom says:

    I have been noticing that it is getting more gray.

  133. Jandy says:

    TROLL ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. Jim S. says:

    I don’t really think anyone thought Frazier’s ball was going to be fair. It ended up foul by 15 feet from what I could tell. I listened in stunned disbelief as Dusty said all those things. He really is clueless. He’s been in MLB in some capacity for over 40 years, and he still doesn’t know how to lose gracefully.

    I don’t like Brandon Phillips. He looks to start trouble, he had the reprehensible incident with Hughes, he overplays injuries to get sympathy, and he always tries to make it look as if his plays in the field were greater than they were. I think he’s a fraud. But, I’ll give him credit for being honest last night. He said he choked and let his team down. He asked the reporters to tell him what he did to help the team win. No one could come up with anything.

  135. Jason says:

    I was raised on stories about Willie Stargell, both on and off the field. Reading that the were giving out Stargell’s Stars before the game was such a tribute to the man. This team has come together as a family. Reading the article from Rob Biertempfel very nearly brought tears to my eyes. I was wondering what was on their caps last night…

  136. tdb1977 says:

    All that needs to be done on an article like this is quiet simple. Point to the scoreboard, show them our NLDS tickets, and ask them what time do they tee off for their first round fo fall golf? :)

  137. Jim S. says:

    + many, Milo.

  138. Arriba Wilver says:

    On further checking, my bad. While it might be a little oversimplified, it’s correct. The 3 Divisions and Division Series weren’t set up until 1993, so all we had was the NLCS last time.

  139. Thundercrack says:


  140. Jim S. says:

    The guy tried to catch a HR ball. He didn’t reach down over the fence and affect a ball in play. It looked like the ball was going over the wall, anyway. I wish he had thought quickly enough to move out of the way and let it land, but I think people should cut the guy some slack. He didn’t do anything differently than just about anyone else would have, IMO.

    I actually know someone who is related to Bartman. What the city of Chicago, Cubs fans and the Cubs organization did to that guy was awful. They basically ruined his life, and all he did was try to catch a foul ball in the stands.

  141. Jim S. says:

    +1 for self-edit.

  142. Jandy says:

    Where’s Mr. Hasis? Barmes played a defensive gem last night..and he also had a hit :)

  143. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m going to miss the Chapman zingers over the winter. Love ‘em.

    Is there any other team more hateable than the Reds? I grew up despising the Cardinals, but their outstanding management and administration has earned my begrudging respect…just as long as I don’t have to listen to Mike Shannon.

  144. Jim S. says:

    Rub some Just For Men or some such thing in it and get back in there!

  145. Thundercrack says:

    He was really good last night.

  146. tdb1977 says:

    I so wish I was going on Sunday but I will be sitting on the beaches of NC for a week. My wife and I take our scheduled OBX vacation the first full week of October. Never once in my mind thinking of October baseball. We make the reservations the previous October, so our vacation was already pretty much paid off already.

    Just by the outside chance that they won the division and didn’t have to play last night and played on Thursday night instead, we bought tickets for the first game to the NLDS. Since we played last night, I have a good buddy at work that bought my NLDS tickets for game 1.

    We have already decided that next year, our year OBX trip is going to take place in mid September or early November so we don’t have to miss any of the October madness that is taking place today.

  147. JohninOshkosh says:

    Jenifer Langosch finally gets to be a part of covering a winning Pirates baseball club.

  148. Well, she didn’t watch more than half an inning with me. And got to bed way before midnight. :)

  149. Karen22 says:


  150. Jim S. says:

    Do I detect some sarcasm in that comment, chef?

  151. NMR says:

    That man is going to have his hands full this winter.

    Gotta imagine the realization has set in that the core players he chose to build the team around simply are not winners. Three strikes.

  152. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, this isn’t trolling. It’s a little nudge to our leader, I think.

  153. Kevin says:

    Alot of you folks are talking about the winning pirates and the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Rightfully so. I expected they were good for 6 runs and they were. We could have had more runs if we hit with runs on base but whatever. Homeruns work well too for now.

    I’m kinda disappointed in the reds. They were not fantastic last night. I mean.. I was expecting Cueto to crack and he did. I was NOT expecting Phillips or Votto to oh-fer and leave 8 stranded between the two of em. The difference was also quite clear in left field between Starling Marte and Ryan Ludwig, who wasn’t terrible at the plate, but was unable to make a play on two balls that Marte easily fields.

  154. Jim S. says:

    I know. I was reminded of that last night as Ryan Ludwick chased flyballs all over PNC Park’s leftfield – to no avail.

  155. Jim S. says:

    Well done by CB, indeed.

    I still think we will need Jordy’s bat at some point, but CB was the right call last night for sure.

  156. Karen22 says:

    Baker’s comments were so bush league! What a pathetic “little” man. I couldn’t be happier that he and his thug team ate OUR DUST!!

  157. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice post, Lad. I’m really glad so many of the blog’s great Pirate fans got to go to the game. Glad Milo and Jim and others gets to go this weekend. Nice to know so many who endured the streak were there.

  158. Jim S. says:

    Well done by CB, indeed.

    I still think we will need Jordy’s bat at some point, but CB was the right call last night for sure.

  159. Karen22 says:

    Offseason memo to Baker: EAT MY DUST!!

  160. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope he doesn’t fire Dusty. Hope he never fires Dusty. :)

  161. Lad 9 says:

    I loved Mike Shannon as a player. As an announcer…I loved him as a player…

  162. Jim S. says:

    Don’t know why this got duplicated here. Strange goings on with the blog today. I’m guessing we have some traffic snarls.

  163. Kevin says:

    I agree Barmes was fantastic last night. We got the defense CIN wish they had.

  164. Jim S. says:

    + a billion, Jason.

  165. Jandy says:

    ahhhh ok I stand corrected :)

  166. Jim S. says:

    So true. He has one more year. I’d chip in for an extension. :-)

  167. Jandy says:

    Yes, indeed!

  168. Jim S. says:

    He’s brutal on the radio. He has a nice bar next to the stadium.

  169. Kevin says:

    penguins are 2nd at best. although I agree they are on the rise. Steelers are on the decline. if pirate success continues, I can see it easily being a pirates town once again… It will then be(in a year):

    1. Pirates
    2. Penguins – close 2nd
    3. Steelers

    whereas right now (or was) I think its:

    1. Steelers
    2. Pirates
    3. Penguins

  170. JohninOshkosh says:

    I guess he could be trolling for Dejan so you are correct, Jandy. :)

  171. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree.

  172. Jandy says:

    And you’re wrong…but that’s ok. :)

  173. KenKopp says:

    I have been a sports junkie my whole life. I’ve had some very high highs. (Sneaking away from my job to the W.T. Grants next door just in time to see Franco make the catch and dancing and hugging a store Santa from Pittsburgh). And some low lows (Sid Bream). But last night was right up there with them all. I would have loved to have been in that stadium, but even watching on TV in Florida I felt a kinship with all those people and with you Lunnies that only we can understand. l don’t know where this ride is going to end, hopefully with a parade, but wherever it does it has been so, so special.

    Go Bucs!

  174. JohninOshkosh says:

    uh oh.

  175. CWalton_67 says:

    Stargell Stars, indeed. Great stuff.

  176. Dom says:

    I hate how the Friday game is on at 1PM. Did Selig do this b/c he feels that someone with no life and no responsibilities is going to sit in front of their TV and watch the Bucco game at 1 PM, the red sox game at 3PM, Dodgers/Atlanta at 6PM, and then the Tigers/As at 930?

    I think the majority of us would rather see the Bucco game in the evening and miss three other games as oppose to having the option of watching four games in one day but missing the one game we care about b/c the majority of the country haven’t left the office yet.

  177. tdb1977 says:

    Blog is just hung over from the near 1200 posts last night on the game thread. The hamsters that run the servers at the Trib are tired and need a long nap, so they are only allowing posts to come across when they can muster up enough strength. Thats why we are getting awaiting moderation approval messages. Thats my story and I’m sticking with!

  178. tdb1977 says:


  179. Jandy says:

    Agree with you Dom, what a jackwipe!

  180. Dom says:

    By gosh, it’s Langosch.

  181. Arriba Wilver says:


  182. Arriba Wilver says:

    But he still played it in a non-traditional way. ;-)

  183. Naje says:

    I still don’t understand the demands for Mercer and, to an extent, T. Sanchez to start. Mercer’s 100 or so starts and Sanchez’ couple dozen starts just don’t make sense in a playoff game or a playoff atmosphere.

    Neither of them has done enough to be reliable for a one-game playoff scenario. I’d give Mercer a start v. St. Louis, but if he can’t record an easy out in the 9th inning of game 153 (v. the Reds), what’s he going to do on this big playoff stage? Hope it’s good, but Barmes is the call. You just can’t give away outs and extra at bats in big games.

  184. Jandy says:

    As long as it works, I could care less if he fields the ball with his….uhh….teeth! yes, that’s what I was gonna say ;)

  185. Jim S. says:

    So, a very good friend of mine texted me last night and asked if I wanted to join him in a box for Thursday in St. Louis. He is a St. Louis resident and lifelong Cards fan. He’s one of the classiest and best people I know, and I’m sure he and I would get along great for the game. I asked him if there were going to be any other Pirates fans in that box, and he said “Not likely.”

    I don’t think I can do it. Cards fans truly are very gracious, in my experience, and I’m sure this would be a corporate environment in that box. The guy who invited me is a friend, but does business with me. I would be there with 15 people in Cardinals red sweaters, I’m quite sure. I would be the only one cheering when the Bucs do something good, and the only one frustrated when the Cards do something good.

    Anyone else ever face a similar situation? How would you handle my dilemma?

  186. Milo Hamilton says:

    I haven’t seen a Friday night game since August. I’m thrilled it’s at 1:00.

  187. Wild Bill says:

    For all the shots we take at ESPN, I must admit Jayson Stark has a nice article about our game on the web site this morning. Worth seeing.

  188. Jandy says:

    Take your family (didn’t you say you are going to do that) and stay home for this one…keep the friendship :)

  189. Kevin says:

    wrong how? :(

  190. Jandy says:

    GrRrrr!!! Moderation Schmoderation!

    Take your family (didn’t you say you are going to do that) and stay home for this one…keep the friendship :)

  191. Jandy says:

    pffftt! :P


  192. Jandy says:


  193. Jandy says:

    I’m not going there, let’s just keep smiling :)

  194. Arriba Wilver says:

    Hey, hey, hey. People have been complaining for years that there were no post-season day games because of money. Sharpen up those DVR’s (or VCR’s) it’s “only” the first game.

  195. Wild Bill says:

    There would be some weenie pulling, for sure, Jim. Could they all take it? Could you?

  196. Jim S. says:

    I was invited to be in the box of the local Fox TV affiliate in Cleveland for the Steelers vs. Browns on Christmas Eve the year we won our 5th Super Bowl. I had 2 tickets, so my wife stayed home with the younger kids and I took our oldest daughter, who was about 8 at the time. We were the only Steelers fans in the box, but everyone could not be nicer. The Browns were awful, & their fans in that box were not real jazzed up about the game. My daughter was all decked out in her Steelers gear, waving her Terrible Towel to Bus and Ben down on the field in pre-game warmups. During the game, I had to remind her to be polite, as we were guests in Cleveland. I remember one guy saying, “Just let her have fun. She’s not bothering anyone in here. We all know who is going to win this game.” As it turned out, the Steelers won about 40-0, and it was actually a pretty tense atmosphere between the rival fans in the stands that day. I was glad we were in a box where people were very cordial. It was unpleasant leaving the stadium.

  197. Jandy says:

    Not I! ;)

  198. Nancy52 says:

    It’s all about the $$$$$$. To think there once was a time when WS games
    were all in the afternoon. I’ll be listening. Not going to shell out the $$ for
    MLB network. And while I’m at it a big knock on the TBS pre-game. All
    talking heads and no player intros and no Mrs. Cutch singing.

  199. Jim S. says:

    I can give as good as I take, Wild Bill. But, I think I’d enjoy the game on TV more.

  200. Dom says:

    I’m afraid if I do that, that’ll I find out the score before I have a chance to watch the game. I’m sure people at my office will be talking about it.

  201. Jandy says:

    TBS S*cks!

    That is all

  202. Jim S. says:

    You’re right, Jandy. I think I’ll pass on this one. More fun watching with people who are rooting for the same team.

  203. Jandy says:

    Therein would be the problem for me. Id be tempted not to stop giving LOL!

  204. Jandy says:

    Better than nothing :)

  205. Thundercrack says:

    I am still having a difficult time putting into words how great last night was.

    I did say to someone here at work that I’ve been to and watched and listened to a lot of Pirate games this season. And the pace of each game has been nice.

    Last night was out of control from the very beginning – in a very good way. The crowd was in to every pitch and play.

  206. Dom says:

    Another issue with MLB. A lot of people do not get the MLB network.

  207. Wild Bill says:

    I understand, Jim. At home, I can yell whatever I want at the tv.

  208. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’ve been to StL a number of times for games. Their fans are great baseball fans and appreciate baseball fans in general. I’ve even been there for Cubs/Cards games and there was some good natured ribbing but little overt hostility.

    However, they might have learned a thing or two from the Pirate faithful last night and might break out into their own chants.

    Me? I always go to the game if given the chance and it fits my schedule. Just no face painting. :)

  209. Arriba Wilver says:

    T. Sanchez or G. Sanchez? Nobody wants to sit Martin that I can tell. And after the last week, I’d be hesitant to sit Morneau. Maybe move him down in the order, maybe not. But his defense and baseball instincts have been superb, and crucial.

  210. Wild Bill says:

    So cool you were there, Tc.

  211. Wild Bill says:

    There is a beautiful red cardinal on my bird feeder this morning. I’m trying to restrain the urge to throw a rock at it.

  212. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sorry, Dom. But afternoon playofff weekday baseball is awesome. Following the game at work and talking about it around the break room. People wanting to know what’s going on. Then again, I work with a bunch of baseball geeks.

    They will get their night games.

  213. Jim S. says:

    I thought Barmes was great last night, Naje. And I respect defense as much as anyone. But, I also think Mercer has added as much with his bat this year as Barmes has added with his glove. I would love it if we could get to a situation this post-season where we can utilize Barmes’ glove and Mercer’s bat at the same time, if you catch my drift.

  214. Arriba Wilver says:

    “The crowd was in to every pitch and play.”

    I agree, TC. Sometimes that’s almost a cliche or hyperbole, but last night it was literally true. There weren’t even any lines at the concessions to speak of. Few left their seats.

    I have never before, and probably never again, will be at a game like that.

  215. Jim S. says:

    Martin’s bat was so fast last night. A little time off seems to have rejuvenated him.

  216. Arriba Wilver says:


  217. Jim S. says:

    From MLB Public Relations …

    33.7 local rating in Pittsburgh last night. Highest for any MLB game ever recorded, anywhere.

    Overall National ratings 3.4 (+3% vs. ’12).

  218. Wild Bill says:

    We’re there any Reds fans there, AW? On the tv I think I might have seen one.

  219. JohninOshkosh says:

    I thought she was great. Much better than Tom. She was very professional.

  220. Jim S. says:

    At least, wave a picture of Francisco Liriano at it.

  221. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Osh.

  222. Jim S. says:

    How about “up” in the order. Morneau swapped with Neil? Just a thought.

  223. JohninOshkosh says:

    Wow. Moon landing ratings.

  224. Arriba Wilver says:

    Very, very, very few that I saw. And by the end of the night, many of the few seemed to have black jackets on over their gear. There was a young lady who was coming up the steps with a white striped Cincinnati jersey on over a black outfit underneath, but no one was going to complain, based on the black outfit underneath.

    But no, it seemed 98%+ black.

  225. JohninOshkosh says:

    Eyes on the game, AW.

  226. Naje says:

    Absolutely, AW…

  227. Arriba Wilver says:

    Exactly my point.

  228. Dom says:


  229. Naje says:

    Got it, Jim… and agree to an extent. Mercer’s got to prove his glove isn’t a liability. That’s all I want from him. And to start him and play him for 7 or 8 innings v. St. Louis for a game? Sure…

  230. Thundercrack says:

    With the “black out” you would have thought that the Reds fans would have stuck out more.
    Not the case last night

  231. Arriba Wilver says:

    What can I say? ;-)

  232. Wild Bill says:

    I knew I could count on you to see what was necessary, AW.

  233. Arriba Wilver says:


  234. Jim S. says:

    Can’t imagine anyone wanting to drive (or fly) all the way from Cincinnati to take in what most sane people knew was going to happen last night. The Reds fans, like the Reds players, could not have had much confidence going into that game.

  235. Arriba Wilver says:

    I can multi-task.

  236. Lad 9 says:

    + a lot. She really did a great job and pushed the limitations of what you could write as an in-house employee. I look forward to reading her end of season article on the Cardinals early next week! :)

  237. 21sthebest says:

    I actually thought of Mr. Hasis as Barmes dove to his right as Bruce’s RBI single went out of his reach.

  238. That’s considerably higher than our normal 8.3.

    Great night.

    Excellent follow-up column and video.

    One to remember.

    Time to start all over again tomorrow night.

  239. Arriba Wilver says:

    Send Bud an e-mail. I’m sure he reads them all.

  240. Dom says:

    I saw that this was the high rating MLB game in the history of the burgh but I cannot find an article that says this was the highest local ratings anywhere. Can you post the link to the article you’re referencing?

  241. Lad 9 says:

    Agree. Very few Reds fans in the house last night.

  242. Jandy says:

    You’ve already said it all ;)

  243. Jandy says:


  244. 21sthebest says:

    That might be a great idea but I’d be hesitant to experiment right now.

  245. NMR says:

    If only that b*stard hit against the rest of the league like he hit against us this year he might’ve been worth a starting spot.

  246. Jandy says:

    RIP Tom Clancy
    66 is waaaayy too young…

  247. Lad 9 says:

    Just because it is sooooo much fun and I can’t let it go:


    You can’t see it, but I am smiling like Jandy’s camel. WOOP WOOP

  248. 21sthebest says:


  249. Lad 9 says:

    Damn! It is way too young. :(

  250. Jim S. says:

    Sad. Outstanding writer. Vince Flynn died recently, and was much younger. 2 great ones gone this year.

  251. Jim S. says:

    Pittsburgh takes sports way too seriously. Just ask the angry Cincinnati writer.

  252. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Steelers have acquired left tackle Levi Brown from Arizona. My God, it’s Kevin Colbert’s Matt Morris.

  253. Jim S. says:


    I got a re-tweet that was originally from MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR).

    “NL Wild Card Game drew 33.7 rating in Pittsburgh, highest for any MLB game ever on record. Nationally, game drew 3.4, + 3% over ’12.”

  254. Ashevillejeff says:

    DK, just read the column. Awesome!

  255. Milo Hamilton says:

    They might as well have just signed Max Starks, but then they would have had to admit they were wrong, again. But that’s OK, they don’t have to come clean about anything. It’s all pretty plain to see.

  256. Jim S. says:

    Problem solved. And on a Wednesday before lunch. Now, what is a GM to do with the rest of his bye week? Oh, that’s right. A few important baseball games to watch.

  257. Wild Bill says:

    Be nice, Milo. He’s a Penn State alum.

    Diss him when (and if) he’s worse than Adams.

  258. Milo Hamilton says:

    These two franchises have switched places right before our very eyes. Unbelievable.

  259. Dom says:

    Thank you.

  260. Arriba Wilver says:


  261. BreakTheStreak says:

    Boy, what a freakin game! DK, you did an amazing job capturing the clubhouse scene and you described EXACTLY what every Buccos fan feels today! I still have goosebumps thinking about it. I was getting texts from people all over the country (and not just Bucs fans) and they were saying how electric the stadium was, even on tv. Luv it!

    And as for that Cincy article about hating the Burgh and all our fans, that writer is just jealous that we win championships and he has the Bungles!!!

  262. Jim S. says:

    I find that if you enjoy what you are doing, it’s really not much work at all. :-)

  263. Milo Hamilton says:

    Even if he’s better than Adams it’s stupid. This season is about finding out what you have. If you’ve decided that Mike Adams can’t, then put Beachum out there & see if he can. They need to be trading away players for draft picks, not vice versa. This is moronic.

  264. Wild Bill says:

    What did we give up for him?

  265. Dom says:

    No! Let’s hoard the draft picks instead of giving them away.

  266. JRay3 says:

    Listening to sports talk radio here in Phoenix on drive in, the talk has centered on the Cardinals fleecing the Steelers to take him and his salary off their hands.

  267. Jim S. says:

    He did have 3 hits last night, didn’t he?

  268. Milo Hamilton says:

    A low round draft pick according to “reports”.

  269. 21sthebest says:

    I was thinking the Reds confidence could be shot too but you never know what can happen in 1 game. Imagine if Frazier’s ball had been fair.

  270. Jim S. says:

    For sure, tdb. The Bucs may be busy this time of year going fwd. Enjoy the OBX. I love that area.

  271. Dave Glass says:

    I took my 82 yr old grandfather to the game last night – full circle, he’s been taking me since I was 7. His first live game was the 19-inning game in 1955(when Law pitched the first 18). He told me that he’s never heard a crowd like that in his life. REALLY cool experience! what a game, what a moment for Bucco fans!

  272. Milo Hamilton says:

    Matt Morris.

    For the 1st time, I’m actually concerned about their future.

  273. Jim S. says:

    Jandy went all “prolly” there. I love it!

  274. NMR says:

    “Did Selig do this b/c he feels that someone with no life and no responsibilities is going to sit in front of their TV and watch the Bucco game at 1 PM, the red sox game at 3PM, Dodgers/Atlanta at 6PM, and then the Tigers/As at 930?”

    Similar behavior is also known as every Saturday and Sunday during football season.

  275. Dom says:

    Here’s the trib link:

    I’d assume we’re only going to give up a 6th rounder.

  276. NMR says:

    Painfully obvious that Morneau is out of place.

    Who in their right mind would pitch to Cutch?

  277. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    DK – Great job with all the pics and video!
    This was a spectacle second to none in Pirate history….
    And certainly ranked right up there with the best of Steeler crowds.
    I’m laughing with excitement about what I witnessed on TV last night.
    Keep it going!…..

  278. Jandy says:

    Friday is a “normal” workday. Saturday and Sunday are not. A bit different. :)

  279. Jim S. says:

    You do know Bob will never concede that or any other point, right?

    Actually, I think that is what I like about Bob. He’s like the knight from the Monty Python movie. At least, I think he was a knight. Kept losing body parts in the sword fight, and said things like “Merely a flesh wound.”

  280. BillyBaduka says:

    Great article DK. It brought tears to my eyes. Mahalo.

    I couldn’t watch the game because I was traveling. I kept up with box score through end of 4th, then had to shut down; found out Buccos won after touching down in Kona.

    Lets go Bucs!

  281. Jandy says:

    Didn’t our boys have a couple long shots that went just foul? That works both ways :)

  282. Dom says:

    Yeah, we’re already pressed up against the cap

  283. Jandy says:


  284. Jandy says:

    Amen Milo!!!!

  285. Mark F says:

    Still can’t get over last night. Tough to describe how awesome it was to be at that game, but I’ll try. I won’t even go into much detail of the players because it wasn’t just the game.
    *It was the fans.
    *The atmosphere.
    *McCutchens mother singing the National Anthem
    *All the standing room fans packing the rotunda.
    *Very few fans got up to leave seats during play. Aisle ways were empty.
    *Didn’t have people going nuts over every fly ball as if it’s leaving the park.
    *For the first couple innings, people clapped and cheered after EVERY pitch.
    *Then there was the Cueto chant. My favorite part of the night. I don’t care what any of the Reds say, the fans got in his head and we all went nuts when it was realized.
    *Celebrating with anybody and everybody within my vicinity.

    Even reading numerous articles by local and national media has me all giddy today.

    This morning I was sore from clapping so much, lost my voice from cheering all night, and was exhausted from staying up all night. It was all worth it. To steal A friends word for the game last night, it was MAGICAL. Now I know that sounds weird, but to me it was. See growing up most kids would probably associate that word with theme parks and vacations. My parents took me on those trips just the same and they were fun, however I never really had that moment on a trip. Baseball has always been my favorite sport and finally my favorite team was on the big stage. To be completely honest, I teared up twice last night (After National Anthem & during celebration after final out) and I’m not afraid to say that.
    You see, last night was my Disneyland.
    Last night was a long time coming.
    Last night was just the beginning.
    Last night… was perfect.

  286. NMR says:

    Marketing gold mine, Jim!

    Nothing more endearing to sports fans than a humble winner or a gracious loser.

    You strike me as both.

  287. Jandy says:

    Good stuff, Dave :)

  288. NMR says:


  289. Jordan White says:

    I was at the game as well and agree with your description.

    The best sporting event I have ever and probably will ever attend as I don’t plan on being able to make many, if any, more games this postseason.

    The sequence of chanting Cue-to, him dropping the ball, the fans jeering him as he slouches over to pick it up, and on the very next pitch serves up a homer to Martin….the feeling in the crowd…..anarchy, ecstasy, bedlam, pandemonium, insanity, nirvana….all rolled into one. My only reaction was to let out a gut busting laugh because it was all too well scripted, and it was the only reaction that captured my joy. My brother, standing next to me in the last row on the clemente wall, was jumping so high that if I wasn’t hugging him he would have floated away. I’m going to forever call that moment “The Drop.”


    Well, I took off yesterday afternoon and this morning to be at the game. Drove up from Hagerstown, MD and just got back about 40 mins ago. Even though I’m swamped at work and debated taking the PTO to attend the game; Best. Decision. Ever. Off to work. LET’S GO BUCS!!!!!

  290. Jim S. says:

    Yep. That’s where I was going. And Morneau is getting on base like the glove-first, middle infielder-type he seems to have become.

  291. Nancy52 says:

    Vokoun out 3-6 mo per DK at Shero/Vokoun meeting in locker room.
    No on ice work as long as he is on blood thinners. Could be 3 mo
    if blood thinners have desired effect.

  292. Damon says:

    Why did they sign Whimper again? He is never mentioned in any plans, so why is he there?

  293. Jim S. says:

    Appreciate it, NMR.

  294. Jim S. says:

    I wasn’t there, but it looked foul by a pretty good margin to me. And, I wasn’t totally convinced Marte might not have caught it had it been fair. But, maybe that was just the TV vantage point.

  295. Jandy says:

    Ouchies! Well, Flower is gonna have to be a good regular season Flower. And Zatkoff will hopefully step up when needed.

  296. Jim S. says:

    Possible sign of the Apocalypse. :-)

  297. chef automatic says:

    a couple of months ago, the leader of this blog said that ‘the penguins own this town.’ it was as laughable then as it now, and so i just was taking a little good-natured jab.

  298. 21sthebest says:

    This is pretty cool! Found the three of us very quickly!

  299. Lad 9 says:

    There are 64 starting tackles in the NFL. We now have two tackles that grade out at 68 and 60 respectively. And we added a cap hit. Hmmmm….. shrewd. And we still (at least for now) have someone even worse in the wonderfully monikered Guy Whimper.

    Milo, I am with you. Getting frightened. Panic move. The next quote you read will be David Littlefield telling us how Matt Morris’ veteran presence will help the rest of the staff. Except it will be Tomlin’s or Colberts mouth moving and the name will be changed.

  300. theplanisworking says:

    Has anyone seen a pic of Mrs. Latos?

    She looks to have more silicone and air in her than the Duck!

    Just sayin’

  301. Jim S. says:

    Could not agree more. Every team that seems to be turning things around right now, did that. Indy, KC and Cleveland are 3 cases in point. SF did that also.

  302. theplanisworking says:

    - infinity to ESPN.

    Those types of comments wouldnt have happened if it was the Sox/Yanks…

  303. Jandy says:

    Kobasew signed for $550M, Bennett recalled. Connor and Ruopp send to WBS.

  304. Jim S. says:

    “Organizational arrogance” continues. They still think they are competing for the playoffs THIS year.

  305. theplanisworking says:

    Hey Milo, hookers need to make a living too……….. ;)

  306. tdb1977 says:


  307. NMR says:

    Byrd also hit cleanup in NY and Walker has obvious succeeded in the middle of the order before as well.

    The only “experiment” would seem to be with Morneau, the obvious weak link.

  308. 21sthebest says:

    His bat speed seems gonzo. Fouled off a ton of pitches straight back over the weekend and we had a great seat between the mound and homeplate and could see how late he was. But he did have a decent swing in the first.

  309. tdb1977 says:

    There was one in the section over from us. He stood up during player intro, waved his red towel and cheered for them. Everyone within 50 feet of him directed their boos at him. During the Pirates intros, it appears that he just slunk real low in his seat. By the 6th inning, he was trying to leave it looks like and no one was letting him out of the row as basically everyone was standing on their feet and chanting, cheering, and having a good time. I think by the 8th inning, he was able to leave and never seen from again the rest of the game.

  310. NMR says:

    Very glad to see her personally happy, as well.

  311. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t recall us having any foul ball homeruns. Maybe one by Walker but he really pulled it. Frazier’s was pretty far past Marte from what I can see and it was too close for comfort. I heard someone say about 15 feet.

    It does work both ways Jandy but at that point in the game, if he doesn’t pull it THAT much, 1 run game.

  312. JohnS says:

    Why? Because someone hates Max Starks.

  313. theplanisworking says:

    Even beats the 11.1 I gave you a while back. ;)

  314. casper in a-town says:

    Hello Fellow Lunatics! I just woke up. With a major headache. Most likely due to a large number of beers and countless loud chants of “CUE-TO, CUE-TO.” I was at the game last night, dressed entirely in black, with black shoes, black sweats and a black Pirates’ hoody purchased at Dick’s a few hours before the game. THE ATMOSPHERE WAS INSANE!!! I’ve been to meaningful Steelers’ games and Pens’ games but nothing — NOTHING — compared to last night. I had chills the entire night. Fans were high-fiving, fist-bumping and cheering like they were all 5 year olds on Christmas morning. Dejan’s column hit the proverbial nail on the head. I could not have described the atmosphere any better. Good job, DK, and much love and respect to the Pirates fans who made last night an unforgettable evening.

  315. Jandy says:

    Hope the headache lets up, casper…glad you had a good time :)

  316. JohninOshkosh says:

    That Parros/Orr fight was awful. Makes me cringe when I see Parros’ face hit the ice. Out with a concussion on opening night, all because he was a tough guy.

  317. Jim S. says:

    The first step is realizing how bad the problem is. No way to fix a problem unless/until you comprehend its full scope.

    I was reading Tomin’s comments from the Vikings game. Talking about how he is going to pull guys out of the lineup, trade guys, release guys, etc. – as if this can be fixed by benching a player or two. Not sure when he became GM in addition to coach, either.

  318. Jandy says:

    agreed, Oshkosh…but he did it to himself….weird.

  319. Arriba Wilver says:

    Bob’s definitely the knight from Monty Python.

    Although he might not admit it was even “just a scratch.”

  320. JohninOshkosh says:

    Like. Now where is that Cincy fan AW was talking about ? :)

  321. NMR says:


    He seems to open up on every pitch as well. Nothing he hits to the opposite field is driven at all. Just no power left in that swing.

    Give the man credit for adjusting his game to focus on walks. Just wish Hurdle would learn the lesson and adjust accordingly.

  322. Steve says:

    Levi Brown?!?! Guess that fixes all the problems. Super Bowl here we come.

  323. Arriba Wilver says:

    They ate putting it on in the afternoon because of dollars?

    I need that one explained to me, please.

  324. Jandy says:

    Hi Mark, welcome to the Asylum :)

  325. Jim S. says:

    Great, great account, Mark F.


  326. Dom says:

    Well, it isn’t me. I’m a big fan.

  327. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yes, they ate it, but “are” they putting it on in the afternoon because of dollars?

  328. Jim S. says:

    Can this baseball season be extended by … oh, say, 8 months?

  329. Scott says:

    After all the outrage here I went and read that article, and I see nothing wrong with it. It’s not even as bad as the standard “bash the other city” newspaper article that typically appears before a playoff matchup in any sport. In fact, it even praises Pittsburgh’s inclines, subway system and historic attractions. The only real shot he takes against Pittsburgh is saying that he doesn’t like our cuisine. Big deal!

    Don’t have such a thin skin, people!

  330. Jandy says:

    Oshkosh, never saw it that way…thanks :)

  331. Arriba Wilver says:


  332. Jandy says:

    GrrrrRRrrr!! Moderation!!!

    Jandy says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    October 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Oshkosh, never saw it that way…thanks :)

  333. defil21 says:

    We should have signed Starks the min after SD cut him. Unbelievable to sign Brown with as much $ that is still owed to him, when you could have gotten Starks at the Vet minimum. This is a desperation move to say the least. They should have just done what Milo said and tried Beachum at LT to see what he can do.

  334. Jim S. says:

    Were you the three dressed predominately in black, 21?

  335. Jandy says:


  336. Jim S. says:

    I thought it was great when they showed Michael Keaton, late in the game, downing a tall Yuengling.

  337. Jim S. says:

    You got me with that one, Dave! Gonna need a minute. (Closing door to office, grabbing tissue).

    Very cool!

  338. Jim S. says:

    It could also be that Max Starks is now refusing their calls. Couldn’t blame him.

  339. casper in a-town says:

    Much thanks, Jandy! I popped two Advil, so I should be fine in an hour. But I gotta tell you, I’m still high from the adrenaline buzz. Can’t wait till Thursday! Thank goodness for split screen TV though, so I’ll be able to catch the Bucs and the puck drop. Who woulda thunk that I’d have to split screen the TV for the Bucs and Pens in October?

  340. Jandy says:

    well then in that case, all I can say is “That’s baseball!”

  341. Jim S. says:

    Or, predominantly?

  342. Jandy says:


  343. Thundercrack says:


  344. Jandy says:

    Yup defil Professor, Dom and I were complaining loudly when he wasn’t re-signed…and then again when he wasn’t picked up after the Chargers cut him.

  345. Jim S. says:


  346. defil21 says:

    Nor would I. I blame more of the coaching staff the front office always would sign him to decent contracts, and used the transition tag on him years ago. Max was always on of my favorite all time Steeler players.

  347. tdb1977 says:

    Found my wife and I. Also found the 2 Red’s fans in the next section over.

  348. Scott says:

    Geez, all Dusty said is that it would have been a very different game if Frazier’s ball had been fair. That happens to be a truthful statement. And you take offense? Good grief. Some of yinz need to let go of a lot of anger and stop being so oversensitive.

  349. Dom says:

    Anyone else feel bad for Cueto yesterday?

  350. Vinny Giardina says:

    … and no WOOOs.

  351. Arriba Wilver says:

    The fact it went foul is the end of the story for me. So what?

    It went foul.


  352. casper in a-town says:

    Uhhh, no.

  353. defil21 says:

    Heck yes that was awesome. What was even better IMO was the 95 year old usher they found and interviewed. I think they said he had been an usher since what 1930’s? He was funny when he made the comment about still doing it until he ends up at the football field when he should be at the baseball field.

  354. 21sthebest says:

    And well had pants on too.

  355. Arriba Wilver says:


  356. 21sthebest says:

    We all

  357. Naterosboro says:

    Dk, great column, but I think your colleague Rob B. summed it up best with this line:

    “Pittsburgh always has loved its Pirates. It just forgot how much.”

    That 1 got me misty-eyed right there.

    So happy for everyone involved. Players, coaches, management and most importantly the fans.

    But business is not done. 11 more. All you gotta do is believe.


  358. 21sthebest says:

    I think I see Thundercrack passed out in aisle with Michael Keaton and a couple of Yuengling cans.

  359. Arriba Wilver says:


  360. Jandy says:

    You’re kidding, right, Dom?

  361. Jandy says:


  362. 21sthebest says:

    Yeah but I was talking about Jim’s point about Reds fans driving over for the game.

  363. Jandy says:


  364. Jim S. says:

    Yes, priceless. That guy had his stuff together in a big way for 95.

  365. Jim S. says:

    I think Michael Keaton sits in an area where they take your drink order.

  366. Jim S. says:

    Vinny doesn’t chime in often, but he always makes a good point.

  367. Jim S. says:

    Maybe it would have been better if we had just gone out this season “without a whimper.”

  368. NMR says:

    During the game? No way.

    After? Yeah, sure.

    I’m guessing I had a much easier time getting to sleep last night.

  369. Thundercrack says:

    Just horrible

  370. Jandy says:

    You forgot something, TC ;)

  371. Thundercrack says:

    I would say that after this season and last night’s game that it has been a great investment in Russell. It is almost like we already got $17 million in value already

  372. Arriba Wilver says:


  373. Jim S. says:

    Today is one of those rare occasions on the blog where peace and harmony rule throughout the land.

    There really is not much of anything to quibble about from last night. Every guy played well. It started with a stellar, shut down start by Frankie who was battling a sinus infection as much as the Reds. Even Bob would have to admit, Barmes was very good. He got a hit, almost had another hit, and was slick at SS. Pedro did not have a hit, but rifled a bullet to deep CF his first time up and got a key sac fly. Morneau drew a key walk off a tough lefty. Marte, Walker, Cutch, Byrd, Martin – all were great. Tony Watson did make one mistake, but at that point he was protecting a 5-run lead and it was no time to nibble. Grilli had a 1-2-3 ninth. The Bucco at bats took forever. They battled well on almost every AB all night long. I thought Frankie did a good job of maintaining his rhythm with all of the waiting he had to do.

  374. Jandy says:

    NooOooo! I’m looking forward to hockey season!

  375. Jim S. says:

    I’m certainly over it by now.

  376. JaxBuc says:

    On a conference call with an engineer in Cincinnati as I read your post. Glad I had a couple of minutes to regain my composure before I had to speak again. Not sure I could have explained to him why I sounded choked up.

    Probably because the first Pirate game my dad (who died in September 2001, but would be 81 now) ever took me to was against the Padres in July of 1971. 1-1 after nine innings. A solo shot from Stargell in the 13th to re-tie it at 2 and a shot by Roberto in the 17th t win it 3-2. That was an awesome childhood memory.

    After reading your post about taking you grandfather to the game, I realized how much I miss my dad to share moments like last night with.

  377. Jim S. says:

    Me, too. I just meant that football season is not going well, and we won’t have one of our goalies for a long time.

  378. Jandy says:

    yeah yeah…but still…MAF can hold his own regular season.
    Steelers are going to be iffy for next season as well.
    May as well just get used to it :)

  379. Arriba Wilver says:

    This Hurdle “lover” was a little surprised that Byrd wasn’t batting cleanup, but . . .

  380. Kevin says:

    DK – very good article. I didn’t even know Drabek threw the first pitch until I read your article. I would have loved to see that. I found a crowd version of it on youtube but its only 16 seconds long and just shows Drabek walking up to the mound and waving his hat and the crowd going nuts.

  381. defil21 says:

    Why is he even on the team? He must have gotten the same pictures Lee Mays had back in the mid 2000’s.

  382. Jim S. says:

    Such a good memory to share, Jax! I’m blubbering a bit again.

    My dad has taken a turn for the worse in the last year. I’m the youngest of 5, and he is 84 now. I can’t wait to see him this weekend in Pittsburgh. I’m glad we still have him for however long.

    It makes me a little sad that my son didn’t really get to see his grandpap in his prime. I wish we could have gone to Bucs games all together more often. Only got to a few with all 3 generations.

    Thanks for sharing.

  383. JohninOshkosh says:

    Too bad the Pirates and Pens don’t play at the same time tommorow night. I was looking forward to a blog debate about television ratings between a meaningful Pirates game and a regular season Pens game.

  384. Drew71 says:

    And Liriano. And Byrd. And Grilli. And Melancon. And during the two games that clinched home field, AJ and Morton.

    Obviously others, too. But you notice the acquisition pattern of my comment, don’t you? And that, with the exception of Morton, most have been over the past two seasons.

    And don’t expect me to count the occasional RECENT misses. When the team just advanced in the playoffs. Unless anyone can site some teams that never miss.

    I’ve SLAMMED Neal and team for MLB talent acquisition suckitude for YEARS.

    If I’m going to be honest, at least to myself, I have to acknowledge the recent and dramatic improvement.

  385. defil21 says:

    My only worry from last night was Wanton’s outing, but I chalk that up more the nerves, and as soon as the announcers made the comment that Watson hasn’t allowed a run in his last 20 outings you almost knew he was going to give one up. Going forward I think he’ll be fine.

    Did anyone else wonder why Cole was throwing pitches last night after the game was over?

  386. Right there with you, Drewster, which, I know is dangerous.

  387. JRay3 says:


  388. Jim S. says:

    Has anyone seen the graphic that the Pirates tweeted out? It has a black background, gold letters and gold drawing of the city in the center. It says, “When you play Pittsburgh, you play the whole city.”

    If that doesn’t send chills down your spine … nothing will.

  389. Jim S. says:

    You totally beat me to that, JRay.

  390. Jim S. says:

    His day, I assume. He didn’t get in to pitch, but still needed to get the work in?

  391. JRay3 says:

    So the Pirates have yet to name their Game 2 starter….read a tweet from 24/7 that says his money is on Cole….has to be right?

    That would set Liriano and Morton for 3 / 4 back in Pittsburgh.

  392. Jim S. says:


  393. JaxBuc says:

    I’m the youngest of four, and all my neices and nephews still have good memories of their grandpa. Enjoy that time while it lasts. Try to reinforce some key memories with your son. My son was only 2 when my dad died and he doesn’t really remember him. Of my six children, only my two oldest daughters have any real memories of their grandpa.
    I can imagine that my dad and I would have been on the phone with each other during the game last night, if he was still around.

  394. Arriba Wilver says:

    One thing I noticed last night is there seemed to be a lot of “single” parents with a single kid in tow. (and I don’t mean single parents in any political sense-/for all I know, they were both there). Fathers/sons, fathers/daughters, mothers/sons, mothers/daughters. Probably had to do more with availability of tickets, but it struck me. And I was there with my son. Seemed kind of neat. On a little different note, after the game a guy close had a group hug with 3 younger people, which I assumed were his children. And I also ran into some friends who had season tickets, so they were there with their 3 sons.

    I think the future is bright for the Pirate fan base.

  395. Damon says:

    The Rams released Max Starks yesterday, so the Steelers must REALLY not want to bring Max back since he was available. I say bring him in and drop Whimper….

  396. bizrow says:

    I agree, Drew, I’ve blasted the guy as well, he deserves all the credit for the acquisitions he has made, and CH has glued the parts together.

    Kudos to Neal, GM of the year

    I couldn’t fall asleep till about 4 last night

    Obviously I didn’t make it to work today

    Good thing I’m retiring Halloween ;-)

  397. Arriba Wilver says:

    I have to “reluctantly” agree. I still think FC’s a bum, though. :-)

  398. NMR says:

    Mustache and all.

  399. JRay3 says:


  400. Jim S. says:

    +++++++++++++, Arriba!

    Good for you taking your son! Nothing beats a day at the ballpark with your son. Can be the worst game of the year, in the crappiest of weather, and still beats most anything else. Your son will undoubtedly never forget it. I was lucky enough to be able to take my son to Tampa for the Super Bowl vs. AZ. Best weekend we ever had. I’m trying to bring the whole family to Sunday’s game. I have to do it.

  401. Naje says:

    Milo… could be that signing Levi Brown portends the cutting of one of the Tackles…it really has to happen. An underperforming starter is going to either get cut or get demoted. Brown, I believe, is here to help facilitate that process.

    Not one offensive player is playing above average… yeah, you can site A. Brown, but I watch him let punts drop five yards in front of him and roll for 20+ yards right by him… and that’s just selfish. I watch him make great plays and draw attention to himself on a losing team or a team that is behind… that’s stupid. I watch him gripe and moan and create more problems than he solves…that’s just an immature baby. I see the team try to run a counter and Brown misses his crack-down block and the RB gets blown up and we blame the OG who is pulling to hit the safety while the WR is supposed to blow up the LB and it doesn’t happen… that’s just not doing your job.

    I do love what he is capable of doing…just wish he’d do it in a way that lifts the team rather than lifts his meager little profile.

    Ben? He’s got to play better. Much better. And from the looks of it, he and the rest of the offense has to practice better. They just look so sloppy… so scared that they’ll make a mistake, a turnover, a penalty that will hurt the team.

    Have no idea who will be let go, but it sure smells like an OL will get demoted or cut in the next week or so.

  402. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Jason. I could not figure out how to get it off twitter.

  403. tpbco says:


    I believe that was paraphrased from Howard Cosell from a Monday Nite game in the ’70s.

    After last nite….

  404. JHadar says:

    Sunny day on the prairie.

    Couldn’t sleep last night, came to work late today wearing my Pirate hat, and then discovered that there was real work to do.

    Oh, well.

    Now what would really make this an ideal season would be sweeping Atlanta. Just for old times sake. These guys have some swag (er — make that swagger) and I just have the feeling that they’re going to take it to St. Louis. Let’s put some icing on this cake.

    .211 hitter!!!!!

  405. NMR says:

    “And that, with the exception of Morton, most have been over the past two seasons.”

    Can we at least entertain the idea that this isn’t coincidence, considering the last two years have been the first in which there was a decent enough core of players for which decent acquisitions would’ve made a difference?

    For example, I don’t see a lot of people bashing Jeff Luhnow this season because Rick Ankiel busted.

  406. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yep. TBS did not show player intros, anthem or honorary first pitch. Used to love that stuff as a kid. Gives me goosebumps to see ballplayers lined up on the foul lines while the anthem is performed. First pitch gives one an appreciation for history and those who fought the good fight.

    Not sure why baseball and television producers don’t get that.

  407. Jim S. says:

    I don’t trust it. I think that is a St. Louiis ploy, designed to get Pittsburgh to take its collective attention off the Cards-Pirates series. I’m not falling for it. :-)

  408. bizrow says:

    Me too

    IMO the success has come from NH and CH and Nutting

  409. Jandy says:

    AW you are so right!

  410. Jandy says:

    TBS sucks!

    Hockey ALWAYS shows the intros. Classy ;)

  411. Jandy says:

    you’re forgetting AJ

  412. Jandy says:

    OOPs my bad…didn’t read the game 2…just ignore me :)

  413. tpbco says:

    I saw him come in, in their last game (he looked really over weight – even for him)… first play – DE ran through him faster than he could Mike Adams.

    No Thanks.

  414. JohninOshkosh says:

    You bet. Most of the time they show both anthems.

    Going to be weird to see Alfie skate out on the Joe’s ice in that iconic Red Wings sweater, isn’t it ?

  415. NMR says:

    If we’re digging for signs of trouble, I could see worrying about how Cutch was pitched last night. Pretty clear that he wasn’t going to get anything with men on base.

    I have a hard time seeing last night’s lineup scoring consistantly without Cutch driving in runs.

  416. The Justice Avenger says:

    Just a quick hi to everyone…busy day at work. Hope everyone is “smiling like a butcher’s dog” today! I suspect that is the case. Will have a chance to read through things later. Still……last…night…! Awesome night. C-ya later…

  417. bizrow says:

    Slick Frank gives himself enough pats on the back and credit ;-)

    Just sayin

  418. NMR says:

    I got a kick out of reading the replies by butthurt Pens fans when a hockey blogger tweeted that PNC had 1000x more energy than CEC.

  419. Damon says:

    I see….there’s the answer then.

  420. defil21 says:


    I’m not sure if you live in Pittsburgh but down at the Strip I have seen them sell that t-shirt.

  421. Kevin says:

    I dont think they showed the 7th inning stretch either… what with the bouncing eat-n-park smilie cookie and all that. Anybody know if ROOT is covering any of the playoff games? I am hoping maybe the Friday game since that is supposed to air on MLB network and not everyone has that.

  422. Jim S. says:

    I agree. Byrd might need to move up to #4. And, if they want to maintain the L-R-L pattern, then just swap Justin and Neil, as we have been discussing.

  423. Dom says:

    I guess I’m the only one…

  424. Kevin says:

    anyone see the tv ratings for the pirate game from last night?

  425. Jim S. says:

    “I think by the 8th inning, he was able to leave and never seen from again the rest of the game.” Says it all.

  426. defil21 says:

    I took my boy to his first game the Sunday before the All Star break when we played the Mets, and unfortunately we lost but I shared with him stories of my dad taking me to games almost every Sunday at 3 Rivers during the summers when I was a little kid. It brought back so many good memories. Though I will admit I had to give him a hard time since they lost, and when I took him to his first Steelers game last year versus the Bengals we lost that game as well, so I told him he was bad luck.

    Watching last night’s game made me remember my dad taking me to 1 playoff game every year from 90-92. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to take my dad and son to a playoff game, and World Series victory parade.

  427. Kevin says:

    going to be even weirder seeing iginla in a bears sweater…

  428. Kevin says:

    thats why I was wondering… maybe ROOT will pick it up? Is ROOT allowed to do that in the postseason? I dunno… I hate TV :(

  429. Jandy says:

    I don’t like Alfie, but yeah that will be very weird.
    Iginla a Broon..who’da thunk it?

  430. Kevin says:

    what do you attribute that too? loss of confidence.. bad habits? :| I still like Morneau but with each passing day.. having a harder time digging up a reason. OH! He plays good O-fence when he scoops up Pedro’s off-target dirt balls.

  431. Jandy says:


  432. Jandy says:

    Later on, Justice :)

  433. NMR says:

    What do I attribute it to?

    Being old. No more, no less.

    Morneau has stunk for the last three seasons, minus about ten days this August.

    This is who Justin Morneau is at this point in his career. And I LOVED me some Justin Morneau in his prime.

  434. Jim S. says:

    One day soon, perhaps.

  435. Jim S. says:

    Not for a long time now, def. I live in the Chicago suburbs.

  436. Jim S. says:

    33.7 in Pittsburgh, Kevin. Highest ratings every for any MLB game, anywhere.

    3.4 Nationally, + 3% vs. 2012.

  437. Jim S. says:

    I think TV is all national once the playoffs start, Kevin.

  438. defil21 says:

    I have the Geno is my homeboy shirt. I will say if you order a shirt you may want to go 1 size up because the sleeves are a little smaller then normal.

  439. Kevin says:

    the way he was all smiles in the CIN dugout after being pulled? no, I dont feel one iota of sympathy. Now.. Frazier on the otherhand… kinda feel bad for him. He seemed to be the only red not affected by the crowd noise.

  440. Thundercrack says:

    We did notice that Cole was warming. Weird sight.

    And Bob Walk did confirm that it was Cole getting his sideline work in after the game (Walk was on the Fan this morning)

  441. bizrow says:


    Its time to go

  442. Arriba Wilver says:

    We wondered, defil, but came to the same conclusion as JimS. The post game guys speculated that maybe he would start against the Redbirds, but AJ will start unless he’s injured, I would think.

  443. Arriba Wilver says:

    I didn’t know that. I thought they always did that?

  444. Dom says:

    DK will be on the Mark Madden Radio show at 4PM!!!

    Make sure you all listen!

  445. Arriba Wilver says:

    Are you suggesting they were SENSITIVE? I REALLY REALLY hope so.

    A “sensitive” Pirate baseball fan.

    :-D. :-D. :-D

  446. Arriba Wilver says:


  447. Kevin says:

    I don’t know what that last bit means… 3.4 nationally +3% vs. 2012. I know I’ve been trying to get my friend to watch. He’s not really a Pittsburgh sports fan… he just likes his motocross and thats about it. He’s the type of fan that if you held him at gunpoint and forced him to pick a team to root for, he would say Pittsburgh. Well, he’s originally from the area.. I dunno. I don’t understand it.

  448. Kevin says:

    as a pens fan, how is that really a surprise… I agree, penguins fans are very subdued…

    I noticed one other difference. Usually, in hockey, you only really hear the crowd chant a guy’s name when he fails. Like the Fleury chants in Philly when he gives up a goal. The Cueto chants started up right away and with almost no cause to them. Obviously there was plenty of cause after Byrd AND Martin.

  449. Iceman says:

    ESPN continues to be a joke. Go over to their site just now and guess what… There is not a single story on the front page about the Buccos game last night. Not one mention of the game at all. That is just mind boggling to me. There are mentions of A-Rod and countless NBA and NFL articles, but not one mention of the Pirates winning the wildcard game. The only mention of the Pirates at all on the front page is a small listing at the bottom of the page for a Kuirkjan article titled “5 questions for Pirates-Cardinals.”

    Unbelievable if you ask me…

  450. Arriba Wilver says:

    It isn’t. At all. But you know who denies it exists except in baseball.

  451. NMR says:

    Upon further review, there did appear to be some ruffling of their collective flightless feathers… :)


    A completely objective, emotionless, “dispassionate” Pirate baseball fan :)

  452. Arriba Wilver says:

    Mark Madden just said that they have identified Mrs. Latos’ attacker—Manti Te’o’s girlfriend.

  453. theplanisworking says:

    I went there this morning, and there were 5 stories about the Bucs.
    On the TV side, the “Baseball Tonight” crew did multiple pieces on them also.

    Normally i slam them. but today, they did a good job. Not a Yanks/Sox/Dodgers good job, but better than they normally do.

  454. NMR says:

    Now that’s funny…

    I personally got a kick out of the fact that said “attack” apparently occured at the Bowtie Bar.


  455. theplanisworking says:

    HAHAHAHA !!!

    + infinity………..

  456. theplanisworking says:

    This is for Biz, if you get to read it…………………….

    I hereby nominate Mr. Phil Coyne for the Lunatic HOF.

    I also nominate a “3rd” planet…………. Pluto.
    In honor of the poster Juan Martinez yesterday…… he was wayyyyyyyyyyyy out there.

  457. Pucknutz says:

    Cue-toe chant still has me floored.
    Done all the time at hockey games, never , ever heard it like that at a baseball game.
    It really shook the guy, Never have seen a crowd get to a guy that bad before.
    Still sitting here say Wow, over and over.

  458. Arriba Wilver says:


  459. Arriba Wilver says:

    He also said DK is MIA.

  460. theplanisworking says:

    Wrong-o-mundo Scott.

    It was the fact that Dustball wasnt a gracious loser in any sense.
    It was the fact that Dustball couldnt say one positive thing about the Pirates effort……….. he blamed the game on a foul ball. You need to let go of a lot of anger toward Pittsburghers, and get a clue. fast.

    Oh, enjoy your day, as we celebrate, and you bad-mouth.


  461. NMR says:

    Sounds like DK finally figured out the best way to participate in Madden’s show.

  462. theplanisworking says:

    Is that the “high-five” chick?

  463. theplanisworking says:

    Be careful, the Frank defenders will come out……..

  464. theplanisworking says:


  465. theplanisworking says:

    Remember, Cueto and Dustball said it didnt effect him at all. ;)

  466. NMR says:

    Thank god we weren’t facing Samardijza.

  467. Dom says:

    He was just on. Great analysis as always.

  468. Pucknutz says:

    Ya they all say that – and most times I believe it.
    Not this time – guy was a wreck !!!

  469. theplanisworking says:

    * Cough, cough*
    ——- does in best “yinzer” voice……..


    an at. ;)

  470. Milo Hamilton says:

    So the 0-4 Steelers trade for the 60th rated tackle to replace the 69th rated tackle puts them $1 million over the salary cap. I usually have a line to follow something like that but I can’t seem to come up with anything.

  471. Jim S. says:

    I’m numb. Someone named Rooney, please make them stop!

  472. Jim S. says:

    Bahahaha! :-)

  473. cmat0829 says:

    he didnt wear BLACK!! for that he deserves a swirly. As to catching the ball, it was a HR in my book so no big issue there… but he stood out with his stupid blue shirt and the “about 20 IQ” look he had on his face. lol

  474. Jim S. says:


  475. theplanisworking says:

    Art sure as heck wont.

    I am at a loss for what they are thinking.
    This is an even further damning of their talent development.

  476. Jim S. says:

    Sure seems like the Pirates and Penguins are playing nice, nice these days.

  477. Jim S. says:

    It just means the rating nationally was a 3.4 which is 3% better than for the NL WC game in ’12.

  478. Jim S. says:

    I’m thinking Game 2 on Friday for Cole, but I have not heard anything. Total guess on my part.

  479. cmat0829 says:

    One of the worst GM non-moves I can ever remember. Claiming Byrd so that (1) the Bucs don’t upgrade a desperate RF situation or (2) the Reds get a decent option to play LF is flat-out awful. If the shoe was on the other foot, and NH had done what Jocketty did…and the Reds had eliminated the Bucs in the wildcard game….um, well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.

    As to Dusty, he just has to answer for how his teams always underperform in the postseason… maybe it’s not mental preparedness but it is something. And if he isn’t gonna throw his team under the bus (cue Jim Tracy), then he needs to be gracious and ‘tip his cap’ to the Pirates, like maybe 29 other major league managers would’ve done.

    As to the Reds, they may be the only team that would’ve signed Choo to leadoff and play center field (FAIL). They have gaping holes at Catcher, third base, left field, and shortstop. LOVE IT!

  480. Jim S. says:

    & I love how the coach acts as though he had no part in it. The guy stinks, we get it. But, someone decided to pick him #2. He has not improved in the past year +. All the blustering and finger pointing, & never any thumb pointing. Continued organizational arrogance.

  481. theplanisworking says:


  482. tpbco says:

    The thing that puzzles me is that Adams actually wasn’t horrible last year at RT (was Steelers ROY, for what that’s worth) so they move him to LT two days into training camp. Why? Cause they thought it was best fit or because they couldn’t play Gilbert there? And in the last game Gilbert wasn’t horrible either (at RT).

    So does this mean Adams goes back to RT? Or is it open competition at both tackes for all 4 of them (including Beachem)?

    No question…strange goings on. Seems like they got 4 RTs and no LTs….

    FWIW, the guy that baltimore traded for, in the same ranking, was 55th – owed the same money for this year AND is a FA after this season. At least Brown has another year, IF he works out.

    So it will be interesting to see have it all works.

    DK: Very fair point.

  483. Lad 9 says:

    Just like we said yesterday Jim. Oh my Steelers – where are you heading?

  484. tpbco says:

    “how” it all works.

  485. Lad 9 says:

    One of my favorite moments last night – and there were so many – was when Logan Ondrusek came into pitch. The crowd had serenaded Cueto, Marshall, Hoover, Simon and Parra quite nicely. So this guy enters the game and you hear a few desultory choruses of OND-DRU-SEK. Then a pause – and behind us a group starts chanting LO-GAN. Laughed my butt off. :)

  486. tpbco says:

    If you google her….Anna Benson comes to mind.

    I think she found her 15 minutes

  487. cmat0829 says:

    You know, as much as the “CUE-TO” chants actually made an impact to the play of the game (IMHO), I was just as floored with the “LIR-I-ANO” chants as Travis Snider pinch-hit for Frankie in the 7th. Classy recognition of a stellar performance…and one I’ve never heard before.

    Was hard to hear through Ernie Johnson’s annoying, inaccurate and phsyically nauseating commentary, but it was remarkable.

  488. RenoBucs says:

    I’ve been lurking for the past few months, just happened upon this blog when I went to the other paper looking for DK’s column back in April. First off, what an amazing atmosphere last night. Watching on TV I’m sure does not do it justice, but it felt like a playoff atmosphere at my house. Amazing effort by the crowd and the Bucs. Secondly, I am thankful for this blog and those that post regularly, trying to get Bucs news out here in the desert isn’t easy especially with the success of the Giants lately, they are the de facto hometown team here in Reno.

    I have been a Pirates fan since ’79 (I know, I know I jumped on the bandwagon but hey I was six and the pillbox hats and stars looked awfully cool to a six year old) and I have been to PIttsburgh five times exclusively to see the Bucs play. The ’91 season was my first visit to see the first two games of the NLCS and I fell in love with the city and its fans. I’ve been back four more times since PNC opened and I have never failed to have a great time watching the Bucs. Last season was the first home game win I had ever witnessed (Marlins) and this year I got to see 2 of 3 in LA (Angels series)when I convinced my wife we had to see Cole pitch in his hometown on our way to Las Vegas. Ended up staying a couple days and saw the amazing comeback on Sunday as well.

    I have to admit, as a lifer I gave some serious thought to sending my son down the path to being a Pirate fan when he was born four years ago but we stuck with it. His first MLB game was Pirates at Giants and his first NHL game was Pens at Sharks, ironically both teams lost 5-0 but it was still worth the trip. This season and last night renewed my faith and I think he may be hooked. His favorite sayings right now are Lets Go Bucs and Lets Go Pens…he chanted along last night until sleep got the better of him. Just wanted to add my name to the list and thank this team for last night, amazing and emotional considering how long it had been. I told my wife that the last time the Bucs played meaningful baseball in October I was a freshman in college…how cool it was to watch their next meaningful game last night with my son. Can’t wait until tomorrow and thanks again to all that post here….Lets Go Bucs!

    DK: Welcome, Reno!

  489. JohninOshkosh says:

    No. Jenifer was the Pirates beat writer for before leaving to do the same in StL. She was a University of Missouri journalism grad.

    The “high five” chick is Kristy Robinson, late of P2.

  490. OldSoldier21 says:

    Perfectly stated, my PMB friend! I was thinking of you, Kovie, Doc and the gang while I watched on TV. I think the place was loud enough for Bones and TBK to hear it!

  491. JAL says:

    for the Cards series–Burnett, Cole, Liriano on Sunday, and Morton if needed–that is official from the Pirates

  492. JohninOshkosh says:

    NBC, God bless ‘em, is trying their best to convince me that Detroit Red Wings/Buffalo Sabres is a rivalry.

  493. Brandie says:

    Vokoun out 3 to 6 months. He is being treated with blood thinners for that clotting issue. Yikes. Prayers and vibes to him and his family.

    Fleury…you have quite the challenge ahead. Prayers and vibes to him as well.

    Levi Brown could be Colbert’s Martin or Liriano. Do I believe that? No, but would we be enjoying Buctober baseball if Clint Hurdle did not say “What if?”

    I do not want this ride to end. It has been beautiful seeing people brought together by a magical ride. I will be sad when the season is over, but I know I am honored to have seen the chapters of the story unfold.

    I can’t wait for multiple sequels!

  494. Brandie says:

    John Russell was on Quaaludes!

  495. Lad 9 says:

    Great post Brandie. It has been a beautiful ride. So cool to share it with my favorite Muppet and all of our blog family!

  496. Milo Hamilton says:

    Apparently, Mia Farrow’s son Ronan was fathered by Frank Sinatra in 1987, some 20 years after they divorced. How’d I miss this ?

  497. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well, he certainly looks more Frank than Woody.

  498. Thundercrack says:

    For some laughs I decided to look at some of the readers’ comments in some of the stories in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    Here is one of my favorites:

    ‘I made the comment here in March and was ripped for it, I made the comment on Docs blog 2 weeks ago and was ripped again, I will make it one last time…The Reds and Pirates switch managers and the Reds win 100 games.’

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