Here in flyover land, in this backwater capitol of Appalachia, we'll be content with last night's win; with just this one sweet night when the stars aligned and just about everything clicked for the home team, a franchise nearly as old as the game itself.
"For one night anyway,
"The Pirates played to a sellout crowd. They played the Yankees for the first time in
"It was strange to see everything work out perfectly for the Pirates, but on this night it did. The weather was perfect. The atmosphere was playoff-like. Pittsburgh pounded out a season-high 19 hits - including two home runs - and held the vaunted Yankees' offense in check as the Pirates defeated New York 12-5 in the first game of their three-game series in front of 38,867 at PNC Park, the Pirates' third-largest crowd in the park's eight-year history."
"Tomorrow, the Yankees will make their first trip to
"You couldn’t top baseball in 1960 when the Pirates beat the Yankees in the most memorable World Series finish of them all. And you couldn’t top baseball Tuesday night when the Yankees played in
And while the Yankees have perhaps the proudest tradition of any sports franchise, we Pirates fans have our own history, and our own reasons to be proud. We'll cherish and savor that history, and our team, and hope for better days ahead, and more evenings like last night. After all, the Rickey-dink Pirates of the 1950s were even worse than this crew, and look what happened in 1960. Better days ahead. We can only hope.