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Raise the Jolly Roger! Pirates return to playoffs
MLB-Pittsburgh Pirates ^ | 9-24-2013 | Tom Singer

Posted on 09/24/2013 11:46:16 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Raise the Jolly Roger! Pirates return to playoffs

After Marte homers and Martin holds on, Bucs clinch with Nats' loss

By Tom Singer / MLB.com | 9/24/2013 1:04 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Twenty-one years ago, Mike LaValliere didn't get his man. Monday night, Russell Martin got his -- and as a direct result, the Pirates riffed on Andrew McCutchen's vow, "I'm playing for October."

The Bucs will be playing in October. They confirmed their reservation with a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Starling Marte's ninth-inning homer, coupled with Washington's loss in St. Louis. When, where and against whom yet to be determined -- with the hunt for a division title still alive.

But go crazy, Pittsburgh. Your Pirates have brought postseason baseball back to its early '90s home, to where the Allegheny and the Monongahela merge to form the Ohio.

"This has been a great run," McCutchen said between sprays of the "Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee" bubbly, "and it's great that we get to continue."

"At the beginning of the year, the only people who believed in the Pittsburgh Pirates were the Pittsburgh Pirates," said Neil Walker, the hometown hero. "We got ourselves an opportunity now, and that's all we can ask for."....

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1 posted on 09/24/2013 11:46:16 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: martin_fierro

Burgh Ping!


2 posted on 09/24/2013 11:48:38 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Congratulations. I really liked Clint Hurdle when he was in Denver and still like him. He’s a quality guy who deserves this success.


3 posted on 09/24/2013 11:56:59 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: smoothsailing

Congrats to your Bucs. Thought of you this morning when I saw they made it after a short dry spell. ;-)


4 posted on 09/24/2013 11:57:01 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: smoothsailing

Cardinals fan here, but I know it’s been a great season for the Bucs. Congratulations, it’s well deserved! Good luck in the playoffs, and if the Cards get bounced, I hope the Pirates go all the way!


5 posted on 09/24/2013 12:04:41 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: All

good for them. I have someone to root for and a reason to watch.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 12:06:50 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

Congrats to the the bucs, reds and cards!

Freegards from a lowly gnats fan


7 posted on 09/24/2013 12:09:14 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: smoothsailing
I am old enough to still remember this one:

Though I am not sure why Yogi Berra is chasing Maz.

;)

8 posted on 09/24/2013 12:22:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Michael.SF.
"I am old enough to still remember this one:"

Don't know if you ever saw the movie "A Bronx Tale". It's funny when the kid is talking about how he hates Mazoroski because he made Mickey cry. Then the mobster says, hey, is Mickey going to pay for you or something to that effect. Always liked that scene.

Then again, Bill Mazoroski plays a pivotal role in "The Odd Couple". I missed the triple play!!!
9 posted on 09/24/2013 12:30:03 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: jazusamo

B^)
10 posted on 09/24/2013 12:37:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

Thanks!

If the Bucs are eliminated and you’re still in it, I’ll root for your Cards. (But NOT YET!)

“Birds on a bat” have always been one of my favorite teams.


11 posted on 09/24/2013 12:43:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Michael.SF.
Though I am not sure why Yogi Berra is chasing Maz.

LOL....or why he's out of uniform. B^)

12 posted on 09/24/2013 1:00:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: colorado tanker

Clint Hurdle has become very well liked in the community here. He comes across as a down to earth guy.


13 posted on 09/24/2013 1:02:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Clint is a down to earth guy. What you see is what you get. I always liked that about him.


14 posted on 09/24/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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15 posted on 09/24/2013 1:13:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Congrats to the Bucs. Fourth lowest salary total in the bigs, and one of the best records.


16 posted on 09/24/2013 1:17:08 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: pogo101; Repealthe17thAmendment

“Congrats to the Bucs. Fourth lowest salary total in the bigs, and one of the best records.”

That is really something. I checked and was shocked. This doesn’t say anything negative about the Cards and Reds, but it sure makes a statement about the Pirates!

TOTAL NL CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM PAYROLL OPENING DAY 2013

St. Louis $116,702,085

Cincinnati $110,565,728

Chicago Cubs $104,150,726

Milwaukee $91,003,366

Pittsburgh $66,289,524

http://deadspin.com/2013-payrolls-and-salaries-for-every-mlb-team-462765594

As an aside, almost half of the total Pirate team salary is paid to just two players:

A.J. Burnett $16,500,000

Wandy Rodriguez 13,500,000

For some reason, that really irritates me.


17 posted on 09/24/2013 2:17:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

             
                 Arrrrrggh!
18 posted on 09/24/2013 3:03:49 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: smoothsailing
For some reason, that really irritates me

+1

19 posted on 09/24/2013 3:06:06 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

20 posted on 09/24/2013 3:43:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: colorado tanker
Congratulations. I really liked Clint Hurdle when he was in Denver and still like him.

Wish the Rangers kept him instead of that cokehead we're stuck with.

21 posted on 09/24/2013 3:44:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: smoothsailing

The way it’s looking, the Pirates may have more wins in October than the Steelers.


22 posted on 09/24/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Was Ted Cruz born by c-section? If so, he's not a 'natural born' citizen.)
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To: smoothsailing
Ya know, without gettin' too wrapped up in schmaltz, there really does seem to be a bond between these guys, including the head office types, that's very atypical in today's mercenary pro sports scene.

Having been born in the midwest, the Cards and Cubs were my rootin' teams.

But having been in PA for a long time, and after the McGwire/Sosa era, the venality of it all made me pretty much a non-fan.

But started following the Pirates a few years ago - when they still *sucked* - precisely because I'd heard they were trying to keep the absurd salary situation under control AND build from within their farm system.

It was like a big breath of fresh air then, win or lose, and has proven a real treat this year, regardless the outcome of playoffs, etc !

23 posted on 09/24/2013 3:53:18 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

ps : Gotta give a big thumbs to Root Sports for their excellent tv coverage .. they don’t talk ya to death .. and Steve Glass is the best of the bunch for ‘color’ coverage, with Walk and Tekulve doing yeoman’s work as well !


24 posted on 09/24/2013 3:57:40 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: dfwgator

It has been a cruel month for the Rangers.


25 posted on 09/24/2013 4:00:08 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: tnlibertarian
The Steelers can fail alone in October, as they surely will.

The Pirates have Buctober!!!


26 posted on 09/24/2013 4:03:43 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: tomkat

I like the way the Pirates play, they have fun and they really want to win.

We’ve been to 4 home games this year, and many more since the new ballpark opened in 2001. Each time we go it’s like a brand new adventure. The magic never wears off!


27 posted on 09/24/2013 4:43:26 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: tomkat

Blass, Walk, Tekulve, all Pirates pitchers! Those guys know Pittsburgh and they know the Pirates! They are my favorites of all the announcers.


28 posted on 09/24/2013 4:46:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
(oops, Blass .. too much hurry, not enough careful d;^)


I threw mostly sidearm back in the Bronze Age, so always thought Teke was pretty kewl !

29 posted on 09/24/2013 4:55:19 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: smoothsailing
With the right manager, and some young talent, a low salary club can do well. The challenge is finding the right manager (which the Pirates did) and the right young talent (McCutchen is a genuine star, Marte and Alvarez have promise). Throw in some hungry veterans like Burnett and Martin and you've got the makings of a solid team.

What happens, though, is that when the young players reach arbitration or free agency, it's tough to replace them.

What's amazing about the Cardinals is that there's been almost a complete turnover from the 2006 team (except for Wainwright and Yadi).

The winning years have helped bring steady attendance of 3M each year, which allows the club to take on some big contracts, but if they didn't have all those young arms and Matt Carpenter, it would be tough to keep winning. The stream of talent from the minors is crucial.

I hope the Pirates keep doing what they're doing. It's great to have a Central rival that plays solid baseball, has great fans, and respects the game. And to echo what others have said about Hurdle, he's a pretty darn good manager.

30 posted on 09/25/2013 7:26:30 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment
For me, one of the more fascinating aspects of the Pirates progress this season has been with the young middle infielders. Specifically Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer. I think that duo is destined to be one of the better 2B/SS defensive combos in the league. I'm also anticipating some power numbers from the two offensively in the future. They're both showing signs of it already.

I think you'll like the link below, it rounds out your thoughtful post about the Pirates and how they've been getting themselves on the right track.

Ten reasons for Bucs' long-awaited postseason return

31 posted on 09/25/2013 10:28:54 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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