The Boys are Back in Town

Fresh off a four day break from baseball the Pittsburgh Pirates returned from their reunions with family and friends and set up shop back in PNC Park. The Giants were in town and so were the Peaslee men.

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My brother, Zach, my father, Rick, and myself went to Pittsburgh for a nice Friday evening of baseball and fun. You’re probably wondering why I would let my brother wear a Giants shirt. After all he too is a die-hard Pirates fan and bleeds black and gold. Once you see the back you may understand the method behind his madness.

 

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 You see Zach is a big fan of the Giant’s pithcer and National League All-Star starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, but then again who isn’t? I, too am a big fan. The lanky hurler is a fresh face for the MLB and is turning into the elite name in all of baseball. At just 24 year sold he has been captivating the baseball nation ove rthe past few years. He has been on the cover of countless magazines and is the cover of the video game, MLB 2k9. Lincecum is featured on a commercial for Major League baseball being shown as just a down home guy, my type of baseball player. He is here for strict love of the game and the fact that he plays so well and i so dominating makes his aura even better.

On the ride the park we tuned in to the local sports talk radio station. Ellis Cannon, sports talk personality in Pittsburgh spoke wonders about Lincecum and the entire Giants franchise. He was raving and had every right to. The Giants are so much improved this year. A big part of the success is their home grown talent. Some the Pirates are looking to do—–build from within. Players like pitchers Lincecum and Matt Cain and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have all risen up through the system and are striving over time in the San Francisco clubhouse. 

Players like that will continue to shinebecause they are young and have a whole career ahead of them. Who knows what is to come?. The sky is the limit. Maybe sometime Tim Lincecum himself  will turn into a bigger international legend than he already is, maybe even have a parking garage floor named after him like this guy…..

Roberto Clemente! The Great One will forever be remembered for his heroics on and off the
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field. In Pittsburgh he is highyl regarded in the community with many parks, monuments and even a bridge named for him. In the parking garage right outside PNC Park you too can take part in celebrating his life, by parking on the 7th floor. The ten floor parking garage features ten diffrent Pittsburgh sports legends. For just 12 dollars to park you can honor you rfavorite legend. Players such as Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, Dan Marino and Andy Van Slyke all are honored. It is my favorite place to park in the city. It is always fun parking on a different floor to see which player you will end up with.

As we walked to the park it was drizzling. Not a heavy rain but enough to suspend play. The game was slated to start at 7:05 but wound up beginning at 7:50. From the gates we passed through we were handed beach towels, it was beach towel night. The perfect give away item on a rainy day. They were perfect to wipe off the damp seats. From the main home plate gate we ran out to center field, our destination was the bullpen. We wanted to catch a glimpse of the freak known as Tim Lincecum as he was warming up. We were greeted with a throng of people out there and Zach even met his match.

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 The man in the authentic Lincecum jersey had to be in his mid-50s. He was watching Tim warm up, analyzing his throws and capturing it all on his state of the art camcorder. We figured it was either his father (who is shown on that MLB commercial) or a big creep out to follow his every move. Either or he was a die hard fan. There were close to 30 people at the bullpen awaiting Lincy’s arrival. It was pretty cool, everyone was anticpating a big celebrity like the Pope. But it was just Tim Lincecum, but either way he was quite the spectacle.

 

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He went through a rigorous warm up routine. Stretching in many different positions. It was almost like a Yoga lesson.

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Once he entered the bullpen many people started flashing their pictures. He had his trademarked crazy windup going all out. He through some nice strikes to the bullpen catcher. He was ready for action looking to improve from his mediocre showing at the All-Star game.

 

 

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 When his name was announced and he enetered the game a large cheer went up from the Pittsburgh crowd. Everybody knows who he is and like I said before you can’t not like this kid. I was surprised with the amount of Giants fans in the crowd. If you’ve ever looked at a map you can see how far San Francisco is from Pittsburgh, a good 3,000 miles. Whether it was actual Northern Californians or just bandwagon fans I won’t know. But I saw double digit numbers of Lincecum shirts and jeresys as well as many Bonds jerseys. I will admit that I have a soft spot for the Giants and the whole Bay Area vicinity, I will explain that later, back to the game last night.

It wa steh definition of a pitcher’s duel. Paul Maholm took the hill for the Pirates and had his most successful outing of the season. Maholm only allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 batters over 7 innings of work. Lincecum duplicated Maholm’s success only allowing 5 hits and striking out 7 of his own. Lincy did get shaken up a bit in the first inning when Garret Jones went deep to straight away center for his 6th dinger of the season. The one nothing score would remain like that until the 7th inning when the Giants tied it thanks to an error on a stolen base attempt. The one-one tie would last beyond the regular nine innings as this one headed to extras. 

The extra frames were excruciating No team could do anything. Popouts, groundouts and strikeouts were all wer were able to see, from both teams. Nobody really threatened and the game looked like it would never end. During an inning break we went to the bathroom, and used it as an excuse to stretch our legs. It takes a toll on the body sitting for that long. The entertainment crew took note of that as well and played “Take me out to the Ballgame” AGAIN in the middle of teh 14th. I’ve never heard it twice in a game before. 

On our bathroom trip Zach stopped at a souvineer stand and picked up this beauty.

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 A $27 dollar Andre McCutchen T-shirt. A fabulous item of clothing in my mind. I would die to have one honestly. But at $27 dollars that is a little pricy. Zach made the case that he only has one other Pirate shirt and he wanted to be one of the first people to own a McCutchen shirt. Now as much as I love Cutch, I’m sorry but I just got to save my money. He will most definately enjoy the shirt and wear it proudly. It is just too bad Andrew did not notice as he went 0-5 in the game. 

The bottomof teh 14th game and Garret Jones stepped up to the plate and finished what he started. Jones blasted a Bob Howry pitch into the Allegheny River for the walk off win. I couldn’t believe it. As soon as he made contact I knew it was gone. It was a surreal momment. I gradually stood up and just raised my hands in the air. It was the perfect ending to a great night at the ballpark. There’s nothing I love more than a walk off win and the mobbing that comes at home plate.

 

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 There have been just 2 Pirate walk off wins this year and I’m proud to say I have been in attendance at both. Jones’ accomplishments at the plate this year have been next to unbelievable. He was 15 hits, 7 of which are home runs. He is an absolute beast. It is great for him, the team and the fans but sooner or later he is bound to cool down. When that happens it will be interesting to see if he can sustain himself at the major league level. The Pirates now stand at 39-50 on the year.

 

 

 

 

18 Comments

I love those words “The boys are back in town.” It makes me all giddy when my boys are back that I start playing that song
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I love that 2k9 commercial. When his videogame self is jamming to some old song and his real self turns off the radio and says, “We don’t listen to that.” Hilarious.

You reminded me of when I used to go to Cubs games with my dad and my brother. Good times…

I wanted to buy an All-Star Game Longoria t-shirt at the last Rays game I was at, but, like you said, $27 is a little pricey. I looked at the ASG jerseys and was blown away to find them going for $150 or something like that. Then I saw two guys walking around wearing them! I guess if we as fans keep paying it, MLB will keep charging it.

Glad that you had a good time.
http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

You must bring your team good luck! And what is it with 24 year old pitchers? We have two on the Red Sox – Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard. The future of the Sox.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Sounds like you had a great time at the game. Lincecum is a great young kid and the Giants are doing a great job of bringing guys up through the minor league systems. That Cutch shirt is going to be worth something someday. I’d love to have one!
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

your right… us college kids gotta save money. I’ll buy a Cutch shirt when they get them at Gabriel brothers ;)

http://eatsleepmlb.mlblogs.com

*Yo – big win over the Giants on Saturday bro. I figure I’ll drop some lines on your page the days I can’t write about the Pirate adventures, (considering you added my link. I appreciate it more than your know man… When you first start a blog, you’re lost in a sea of MLB fans!) – Morton went 7 innings, allowed NO runs, and on let up 3 little hits. That’s professional work right there…

Nice win over the Giants! Good luck on Sunday!
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com

Must be pretty demoralizing knowing your two best players don’t want to play in Pittsburgh anymore… I mean, that’s how it looks after rejecting those offers. Ouch.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I don’t blame you for not wanting to spend 27 bucks on a shirt! Ouch!

Glad you guys had fun! Congrats on the win!!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Sounds like you guys had a great time at the game. One of these days I’d love to get to the Pirates’ ball park, which I’ve heard is one of the nicest around. And I’d love to see anything about Clemente, who was a favorite of mine growing up, even though I rooted for the Yankees.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I have been in PNC Park and it is very nice.
http://clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Really good to see the Giants and Pirates at PNC Park. You actually got to see some great plays in person that night.

Matthew T
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

It’s Sunday night and I really thought the Pirates were going to sweep the Giants today, can’t belive it, Duke had a really good outing, just 82 pitches thru 7 innings and he still lost…..wow! just a tough 6th inning..
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Roberto Clemente is a legend. I’m from Puerto Rico and I’ve had his poster up since I was born to another one in my dorm room in St. Louis. I’m glad Pirates fans still have not forgot him.

Andrés
http://allincards.mlblogs.com/

I’m a lot like you in that I can appreciate players from teams other than the one I root for. I love seeing younger guys coming up the ranks in the Majors; that way it’s not necessarily all about the big bucks and names. Lincecum and McCutchen are definitely going to be players to watch in the coming years!

– Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

Love the new entry with all those pictures! Looks like fun! Nice family portrait too :] Oh my goodness, how FUN are the walk-off wins especially when you’re there to witness it huh? SWEET! Lucky you!! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

I was at this game, too, and it was SO exciting. Garrett Jones is the man! It will be interesting to see how much playing time at first he gets now; it sounds like Pearce will be getting a long look.

I also read the entry about the trip you’re on now — have a great time! Seeing them on the road is tons of fun — I’m trying to decide if I can squeeze in one more out-of-town Buccos’ series (Cincy in early Sept.). Look forward to reading about your time out West!

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