I recently signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) through BlogHer, a media company specialized in blogging and social media. Basically all this means is that I have to publish a blog post everyday throughout the month of October, except Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The theme this month is simply: FALL. I have no idea what blogging every day will be like, but I do know that every single time I write, I learn something new. I’m excited to see what it will be this month. Now come on everybody, FALLow along with me!
Day Two: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The fall season doesn’t just mean colorful leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes, it’s also Major League Baseball play-off time in America. Grab any sports page of the newspaper today and I bet you’ll see a headline about last night’s Pittsburgh Pirates win over the Cincinnati Reds (6-2) in PNC Park. This was the first time Pittsburgh saw a postseason win in 21 years, on home field turf no less. The Bucs advance to the National League Division Series this Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Let’s go Bucs!
The momentum is truly and deservedly exciting for Pirates fans. We, yes I’m part of this cohort of fans, have had very little to cheer about since the glory days in the early ’90s. I even wrote a post called America’s pastime about watching the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium and attending my first game with my friend Allison. After that, I’ll admit, I, like many other Pirates fans fell off the wagon during the last few decades. Even the opening of brand-new and glorious PNC Park, one of the most beautiful stadiums in the nation, in 2001 didn’t generate any drastic change of fate for the Buccos. The stadium never sold out and tickets were easy to come by. Despite waning interest in the team, that’s not to say I never checked the box scores from time to time, and I did attend a few games in 2005 when I lived in Pittsburgh, but there was never too much to write home about. Since 2005 I couldn’t tell you much about the Pirates other than their dead last standings.
Fast forward to the 2013 season and you’ll be hard pressed to get a ticket. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pirates are on a roll this fall. The fans have crawled out from under rocks; the city of Pittsburgh is rockin’ like the Steelers just won another Superbowl. Hold onto your ball caps, sports analysts have deemed this month Buctober!
To this point, it’s been tough to get a televised game down yonder, unless I went to a sports bar every time they played, but now that the play-offs are in full swing (batter up!) I can watch them. The players’ names this season, already ingrained in the brain just as Bonds, Bonilla, Bell, Merced, Van Slyke, LaValleire, and Drabek during the 1992 season were, prove to be unforgettable. Pirate fans, once again, have something to cheer about. Something to celebrate; something to adorn. If I were getting a tattoo next week, it’d be of a skull and cross-bones. If I were getting a pet next week, I’d name him Pirate. If I were painting my living room, I’d paint it black and yellow.
LET’S GO BUCS! (Stomp feet). LET’S GO BUCS! (Stomp feet).
The Banter Lady
If you are a Pirates fan, who was your favorite player in 1992?
To read yesterday’s blog post click here: All signs point to FALL!