Thursday, June 09, 2005

.500 Or Bust

That giant crash you heard this morning was the sound of me hitting the floor after passing out upon learning that not only did the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles last night 6-1, not only did Rob Mackowiak, the 53rd round wonder, get to start against a left-hander but went 3-4 with 4 RBI, but that the Pirates also had a sellout crowd of 37,438 -- on a Wednesday night!

Every night during the week I can usually go to bed secure in the fact that the 'Bucs win or lose will have drawn an ambivalent mid-week crowd of 15-20,000, coming late and leaving early. This almost passes the test of genuine excitement about baseball in the 'Burgh -- the rabid roar of a crowd that wants .500 baseball so bad it can taste it. Bring on the Devil Rays!

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