2009 Buccos close the door on PNC Park….

WITH A WIN!

What a refreshing way to close the door on PNC Park for the 2009 campaign. It is bittersweet for me. I hate the end of baseball season (yes I know the Pirates still have two series of road games to play and yes there is still playoffs, but the fact I gotta wait til April to see a live game puts me in a tizzy) Bu anyway the faith is still there. The Pirates actually have a little life and a fight in them to take 3 of 4 from the mighty Dodgers.

On Friday the Bucs edged the Dodgers 3-1, they struggled on Saturday but remained in the 8-4 defeat, it was 6-5 on Sunday as Lastings Milledge nailed a 3-run walk off double and on Monday the Bucco big bats came out in an 11-1 victory.

It is all bittersweet. I loved the way we played against LA but where was that winning spirit throughout the course of the season. Pittsburgh is swept by the Reds but can win three games against the Dodgers in the same week. It just doesn’t come full circle. I honestly believe we have the talent. McCutchen, Jones and Milledge will be cornerstones on this team. However, it takes me than three solid major leaguers to win ballgames. The other regulars on the team have had flashed of brillance but never enough to sustain a winning record.

Andy LaRoche was one of those flashes today

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He went 5-5 with a pair of homers, two doubles and a triples. With a showing like that you would think this guy is a superstar but this year he has been far from it. He’s batting .259 with 12 homeruns. Totally mediocre and he has played the 3rd base position all year. For a player at that position he should be doing much better. He has been a dissapointment considering the hype around him. After all we basically got him for the price of Jason Bay. He’s been off and on all year with a 2 week slump here and a week of greatness there. Emma from CRZblue has been asking about her former top prospect in LA. Emma, what you saw today is really just Andy wearing his “good baseball player” mask. He has a lot of slack to pick up if he wants to guarentee his spot next year. Pedro Alvarez is in the minors and knocking at the PNC Parks doors rapidly.

LaRoche came over from the Dodgers in the three way trade last year. The Dodgers gave the Bucs another key player that has been a starter for Pittsburgh most of the year.

Delwyn Young is a natural corner outfielder. Since the Pittsburgh trade he has been converted
to a second baseman. It took him a while to get adjusted but since he has been more nurtured he has been a soild infielder. He’s been seen on top plays and web gems. He’s been strong at the plate doing his job as speedy guy and getting on base. He is a pure singles hitter who always seems to get a hit. He’s flireted with a .300 batting average for most of the season. He has descended throughout the past 2 months and is now at .261. I’m sure this being his first full time position player season he is winded and will need some much needed R and R this offseason.

The Pirates-Dodgers connection extends beyond the baseball field.

Last week the Pirates took a trip out west to Sunny California and were warmly welcomed by the Dodgers in historic Dodger Stadium.

Like always Cat was at the game showing her pride and watched her Dodgers sweep the Bucs in three games. While she was there she so genuinely picked up a token of memorabilla for me.

She was able to snag an autograph from Pirates reliever Jesse Chavez. Chavez has been very rocky all year and isn’t the most liked guy in Pittsburgh. However, he is nice with the fans and always takes time to sign autographs and throw balls to fans in the stands. I’m impressed with him and all the Pirates players. They relaize their not a team like the Dodgers and should be happy with the strong fan base that will always stick with him. I just want to say thanks Cat! I’m definately keeping this on display, my favorite part is actually the Dodgers season ticket stub. It is very cool and add to my baseball collection. I also want to say hey to my friend Steve, he’s lurking in the background and got caught in the pic.

9 Comments

It’s always good to see players taking some time to sign autographs. Laroche had a huge game, very impressive!
http://clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com/

It always feels good when your team finishes the season at home with a win. Last year, the Padres did not. They lost against the Pirates on the final game at Petco. Oh well. Glad you got an autograph from Chavez! I love when guys sign autographs before the game. It shows you straight up that they care for the fans.
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Taking the series from the Dodgers was huge! I know the Pirates have had a tough season. I hope they can find some stability so that they can start building for success!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

You are welcome, Mr Peaslee. I love the picture of you holding that ticket. The Pirates were very nice and took the time to throw balls to the Dodger fans when they were at Dodger Stadium. Your Pirates outplayed the Dodgers in every way. I thought I asked you to ask your guys to show mercy. Oh well. Would you like one of my postseason tickets after I use it?? You could add it to your memorabilia collection.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Always good to see a win on the last home game of the season. A lot to look forward to for buccos fans for next year.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

ITS always fun to win eh Matt? The Indians don’t have many of those in their “column.” ;-)

Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Always great to close out the season at home with a win… well, the last home game that is. It always saddens me a bit when the regular season is over, even if the Sox are lucky enough to go to the playoffs.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

It’s always a long wait from season end to season start…but you have the Steelers which is better than having the Browns in driving range…now you made me miss being in PA again…nice wins over the Dodgers kept the west fighting to the end…
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Matt,
thank you for talking about Andy LaRoche! I hope he kicks it up a few notches up competing with Pedro Alvarez. The best of both worlds is for both to do extremely well.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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