Sweeping into the night

cubs 003.jpgMy ratty old broom served a much better purpose Thursday night as the Pirates swept their way to an 11-1 victory over the Cubs.

In a word, the Pirates were dominant, scoring five runs in the opening frame.

The Pirates played a persistent, strong game throughout the contest. Very uncharacteristic of the lovable losers.

The three game series sweep was the Pirates first over the Cubs since August 30, 2006.

While no homeruns wer ehit in the blowout, doubles came supreme. In fact Lastings Milledge rocked a near grandslam just two feet away from me in left field. Look closely at the below picture. On the left is my arm pointing out at Alfonso Soriano.

 

 

 

FSNdouble.jpgThe ball hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play. However it looked as if it would clear. Fireworks are going off, “They Hey Song” is playing, everyone thinks its a dinger. Even Milledge. He trotted around the bases and was tagged out rounding second. I cannot me too mad at him. He shouldn’t be looking at the ball, the extracurricular activities led him to believe it was a home run. In the end it was just his second double of the game.

Beyond the stats and onfield play this game meant a lot more. Pride was on the line.

 

cubs 002.jpgMy WVU buddy Marc is a die-hard Cubs fan. Growing up in West Virginia the Cubs were his  t-ball team. Continuing to follow his team some 15 or so years later Marc is almost like a transplanted fan from the streets of Wrigleyville. The last time I was at a game with him the Cubs scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 14-3 beatdown. Lets just say the taste of revenge was almost as sweet.

With a handful of Cub fans around us he was in somber company and had more than enough shoulders to cry on. A lot of ribbing was going on by a pair of drunks behind us. These guys were around our age and pounding over priced beers like it was their job. They were making fun of everyone in their general area including Marc in his “Theeeeeeeriot” jersey, the charismatic ederly man with his young granddaughter and the cute West Virginia girls who we struck up a converstations with. They were dissing the Pirates left and right, had no baseball knowledge and took the joy out of me greatly. Marc was the most ticked I had ever seen him. The happy go lucky Southern boy had his fuse lit but kept his emotions in check.

After the game Marc owed me a little something. A beer. We had a bet riding on the game and we had a nice sit down at Mullens, a sports bar on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. There we engaged with chats from a University of Colorado grad, numerous Cubs fans, a guy who knew Lou Pinella and this charming guy.

 

cubs 010.jpgCommunicating in sign language and written notes the guy was very nice and was bubbly to everyone in the bar. He was mute but did not let his handicap keep him from having a good time and supporting his Buccos.

 

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cubs 008.jpgFrom the bar we ran into Frank Coonelly, Pirates President. Nice fellow, said my name again after I introduced myself which is always a sign of respect. Now there were two pertinent messages I could have told Mr. Coonelly,

1. To read my blog! Doubt he would have but shoot I may never see him again could have at least told him about it.

OR

2. My buddy Andrew Schuerholz was also with us, his uncle is John Schuerholz, President of the Braves. Either would have sufficed and created a great convo. But knowing Coonelly’s background as an attorney I told him that Marc was interested in law school.

Speaking of Marc, he needed a pitstop on the way to the car and enjoyed the beautiful skyline of the city of Pittsburgh (recently ranked the USA’s most livable city by Yahoo).

However I will leave you with a snippet of information when visiting Pittsburgh or any big city for that matter. Do not stop walking. Homeless people and creeps are always abound and danger could strike at any second. We learned that tonight. Mom and Dad if you are reading this no need to freak out. We’ve all seen it before and know how to handle ourselves.

Bring on Pujols and the Cardinals! The Bucs are in 3rd place!

9 Comments

Matt, I was very stoked for y’all’s sweep, and believe me, I was rubbin it into my sCrUBS fan friends. But the party’s over… cuz here come dem Redbirds, baby!!!!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Congrats on the Pirates sweeping the Cubs! It’s all the more sweeter when you see your team just obliterate a hated division rival. And a great shot of the Pittsburgh skyline, I might add.

Jonah
http://jonah77.mlblogs.com

What a great victory for your wonderful Pirates. I was sitting next to a transplanted Chicagoan who totally despises the Cubs so she was thrilled about the win. Congratulations, I know you are happy.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Congrats on the sweep!!! And how cool that you ran into the Pirates’ president and got to talk to him (and tell him to read your blog – lol).

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Anyone who beats the Cubs are friends of mine! I couldn’t believe the Milledge play. That was horrible. The look on his face in the dugout was priceless!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

what happened to Lastings Milledge there? ;) lol Ya gotta hustle! Hustle hustle hustle! XD. That was a tad embarrassing. Oh well a sweep is good! (when you’re on the winning side.. siigh angels got swept twice. Lookin bad!)

You just happened to run into the Pirates president. That kind of thing never happens to me! I would love to meet Arte Moreno!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

I am still optimistic about how the Pirates will finish this year, more importantly at the moment I want them to beat the Cardinals…

-peter
Phillies Outside

Congrats on the sweep! :) Sounds like a great night out, good baseball, interesting people, and a nice story to share with everyone. :)

Kirsten
http://kirstenlovesbaseball217.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
When I visited Pittsburgh back in 2008, I ran into two homeless guys. One on the way to the stadium and another on our way back. We (friend Linda) and I talked to them. One was originally from Los Angeles. I don’t remember now if it was the first one or the second one that had a job interview the following day.
.
Ever run into Troyfromwestvirginia? I met him in Pittsburgh.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

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