A little Buccos magic to beat the Reds

 

reds game 016.jpgThe Pirates may be at .500, but I have yet to lose. In my second trip to PNC Park this Spring the Bucs have not dissapointed winning the pair of games. Not only did the Pirates treat my friends and I to a gem of a ballgame, the city of Pittsburgh did as well.

reds game 003.jpgFrom Morgantown we arrived in Pittsburgh around 4 o’clock. The drive up to the city was probably the worst conditions I have ever had the displeasure of driving through. The winds combined with rain, combined with debris flying from cars was absolutely horrendous. I was legit scared but kept my cool and we made it.

It has been a plan of ours to check out the Andy Warhol Museum sometime before a Pirate game. We got the opportunity on Friday for only 4 bucks. The museum is just a two minute walk from PNC Park right on the North Shore. After paying and walking to the first exhibit I
balloons.jpg realized this was not my scene.

Now I did appreciate the artwork, I guess just not enough. It was trippy, weird and sometimes disturbing. I wouldn’t pay more than four dollars for the experience again. The coolest part was the room with floating metallic ballons. I could have stayed in there for hours.

When we walked through the gates of PNC Park the song “Centerfield” by John Fogerty was playing. The same song that was played in the same exact moment Opening Day. I love this song and really puts me in the mood for baseball!

From the concourse we were greeted with this albatross.

 

reds game 007.jpgThe tarp covered the field as it was lightly drizzling. The clouds parted and it was actually sunny for a good half hour.

 

reds game 017.jpgThe rain eventually picked up to torrential downpour form, we would have to wait out a 70 minute rain delay.

In the meantime the “Milledge People” were setting up shop before the hard rains came.

reds game 004.jpgLast year some buddies and I made a sign for leftfielder Nyjer Morgan. “Morgantown” it read. When Lastings Milledge was acquired we had speculated about doing the same in the form of a “Milledge People” sign. Well, these guys beat us to the punch and sure did pull it off well.

Speaking of Lastings, here is rocking the number 42 jersey.

reds game 011.jpgEven though Jackie Robinson Day was technically yesterday, the Pirates had the day off. I was glad to see the whole team, even the Reds, wearing the number 42. This was my first Jackie Robinson Day I have ever attended. It was also a Lastings Milledge Day.

 

First off, Zach Duke pitched fantastic. Seven innings of not allowing a run and surrendering just six hits, it was a gem. After a leadoff walk in the 7th, he was pulled and the Pirates releievers collectively gave up three runs. It was sad for Zach because he was shooting for his third wn of the season. The win was given to Octavio Dotel after Milledge’s walk off hit to score Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the 9th.

I as too excited to snap a picture but here is one from the Associated Press and Pittsburgh Post Gazeette showing the team’s jubilation.

lastingswalkoff.jpg

9 Comments

I like it…the “Milledge People.” Nice.
Look out Matt, the Astros have now won TWO games. I don’t know what to do with myself. Winning is the bomb.
http://stonebutch99.mlblogs.com

Milledge People. Cute. Rain delays suck…makes me like Toronto a little bit more (but not too much! lol)
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I would love to see that museum. I have been to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete and it has that trippy feel too. “Centerfield” is good stuff. I think I’m going to keep my tix to the Saturday night game next week because Fogerty is having a concert after the game. I just have to heat that song in person once before I die. That song IS what baseball is all about!

http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

Okay, Matt, I admit, watching the Buccos has become interesting again. I sincerely hope they continue this… there’s something about Milledge and McCutcheon and those long locks…
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Can’t believe how good the Pirates are doing, hopefully they keep it up, wonder how Milledge likes the Milledge People thing…

-peter
Phillies Outside

Matt,
Love the Milledge People sign. Nosign permitted at Dodger Stadium. They never have before.
Let’s Go Buccos!
Let’s go Dodgers!

-Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com
http://www.dodgersblueblog.com/

The Milledge People? I love it! I’ll tell you what else I love; a double-header (back in the day) when both games get delayed by rain and go into extra innings. I can go and just watch the grass grow! They don’t even have to play. Just let me sit in the park with a newspaper for 3 hours. I’m cool.
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Baseball > art. Though it can be argued that baseball IS art.
Lastings Milledge is a beast. So is Garret “GI” Jones. Crazy walk off wins, but it seems awesome!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Couldn’t get out there Friday but I was lucky enough to have tickets Saturday. The past couple of days I’ve been scoreboard watching to see if we could just gain some ground on the Cards for 1st place. Even if it’s for one day that’d be awesome.
Steve
http://section316.mlblogs.com

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