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gr1111 wrote: Thanks for the memories, Samalifagus.I would only add July 1997. Took a friend in from out of town to see the Freak Show. Got there late and was in the upper deck at Three Rivers. Amazingly, we watched Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon pitch a combined no-hitter against the Astros, and Mark Smith's three-run homer was a thrilling way to end it.
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Unfortunately, there are way more bad memories than good. I am a 70's child, so I can remember the last world series victory. Then the 80's, there was not many good memories in that decade. But that was my youth. I still have the numerous score cards I would watch and fill out during games. My favorite player back then was Jason Thompson.
When the team started playing well again in the last 80's, the excitement was awesome. I was in high school. I remember leaving early to catch the early playoff games. I was at the Three Rivers the day they clinched there 3rd division title in a row. Those 3 years were exciting. However, it's sad that the lasting memory is Bream crossing home plate. And since that slide, there was not many great memories.
The Brian Giles catch in left a few years ago, Rob Macks big night during the double header, The Dunston HR's, to name a few good memories from the losing era.
To date, my best memory is this season as a whole. After so much pain, this group of guys is so fun to watch. Cutch is exactly what you want for a role model. The team is filled with simply good guys. Gilli, Barmes, one word describes men like this and that is pros. (as was said in the telecast last night) I have never been more proud of a team I cheer for. If I see the Pirates jumping on the field this year for something like the division title, or even more, I will shead a tear each time. Just so much emotion of 20 years that I will not be embarressed to be a grown man crying at a baseball game.
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samalifagus wrote: Now that most of us will put last night's game in the file, I'm curious what are some of the best you've seen. I've been going to games since 1990, at Three Rivers, at PNC, Riverfront, GABP, and Progressive. I have more than a few, but here are my top:1. First game, June 25, 1990: 5-0, Bucs. Rick Reed was dominant. I had never been in a place so loud in my life. 12 years old, and I fell in love with the Black and Gold. Jose Lind had a huge triple, Bonds had a double, we sat in right field, behind my favorite player--Bonilla--and saw my first win.2. 2nd game--July 28, 1990: Bucs lost, 4-3, but I saw my first major league home runs--Von Hayes, Charlie Hayes, Bobby Bonilla, and Andy Van Slyke.3. A game in July or August 1992: Doug Drabek against Frank Castillo for the Cubs. The Bucs were flat, losing 3-0 nearly the whole game. Dad wanted to leave, so we did in the 8th. I get home, turn on the TV and see the Bucs scored 4 in the bottom of the 8th. Oops.4. Division clinching win in 1992. Don't remember too much about this one, except some guy was handing out flyers begging us to chant "Please Stay Barry!" during Bonds's at bats. I remember a distinct crowd nearby saying "Screw You, Barry!" Belinda with the save...who knew that was the last winner for so long?5. 1993...some time against the Marlins. Tom Prince. Inside the park home run. Seriously.There was really nothing else of note for years. Most games I went to the Pirates got smacked around. There was a Sky Blast we went to, I want to say in 2008, that every time I'd trash a player, he'd hit a homer. Bautista, Kata, and I think Paulino. Still lost, but 5 or 6 bombs that night between the Bucs and Phillies.6. 2012, Father's Day: Pedro was epic. 2 HR, nearly hit a 3rd near the end of the game. Indians fans were unconscionably stupid--at least near me--not understanding that the coaches at 1st and 3rd base could not score for them. No kidding.7. September 29, 2012: first time I'd ever seen a walk-off. I thought PNC was going to collapse when Cutch's hit sailed over the RCF wall. We were in SRO, and my feet hurt like hell, but that erased it.
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