The National League Championship Series starts Friday night in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the Pirates will not be there.
If I had told you back in March that the Pittsburgh Pirates would fall just one win short of the NLCS, you would’ve smiled and laughed and called me crazy. But most of all, you would’ve realized how awesome that would be for this franchise.
That’s what this season was all about. It was awesome.
The Bucs won at least 82 games for the first time since 1992 – the infamous losing streak was snapped and didn’t hit 21. That’s special.
This team won 94 games in the regular season, beat the Reds in the Wild Card game, and pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to the brink of elimination in the NLDS. The Pittsburgh Pirates were in the postseason.
It was a group full of hardworkers – they never gave up. The “Battlin’ Bucs” moniker fit them better than ever. There was so much to remember this team for…
The Zoltan, the Shark Tank, one of the best players in baseball, five All-Stars, unsung heroes. Don’t Stop Believin’. Popping champagne… twice. Blackouts. Packing PNC all year long… We’ll never forget the 2013 Pirates.
Huge credit to Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly, Bob Nutting, Clint Hurdle, and all the Bucco brass who believed in this baseball team. Without their commitment and faith, we wouldn’t be rooting on a winning team right now.
But this is just the beginning. The Pirates have a future in front of them. A few stars entering their primes, a few veterans coming back, a few youngsters on the rise. They also have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball.
It’s hard not to get excited about this baseball team right now. Even though they have been eliminated from the playoffs, I couldn’t be any more proud of the Pirates. The city of Pittsburgh believes in this team again. Can’t wait for 2014.
172 days until Opening Day.