Why I’m a fan of The Pittsburgh Pirates.

Back in the late summer of 1987, my dad took me outside one afternoon and threw some baseballs for me to hit with a bat. I didn't really understand the rules of the game, I just enjoyed hitting baseballs with bats. The next summer, my mom signed me up for 8 year old little league, I was on a team called the Pirates. And the summer of 1988 was a good year for the Pirates. I would look at the standings in the newspaper everyday and see the Pirates ahead of the Cubs and Cardinals, the teams that a lot of people here in Eastern Iowa were fans of. Then one day, we found out they would be on TV, which didn't happen much when all you get are about 10 channels off the roof top antenna. The Pirates, I think won that game, although I couldn't tell you the day or the opponent, other than it was a night game.

The next year I was in Boy Scouts and they announced that they would have a bus trip to Chicago to see the Cubs take on the Pirates. The date was June 27, 1989, the middle game of a three game sweep in Chicago. It was exciting to be there even though our seats were terrible. My dad came with me even though I don't think he really wanted to go. The Pirates took a 4-2 lead after 1 inning and I thought it would be a very high scoring game. It basically stayed that way until the 8th when Glenn Wilson knocked in Andy Van Slyke to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead. The Cubs got 2 in the bottom of the 8th to make it 5-4, but Bill Landrum would shut down the Cubs in the 9th to give the Pirates a win.

That was how it all started for me It's been a long almost 30 years since then.

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