Just a week ago things were not looking all that great for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were losing Starling Marte and their lead in the National League Central division. Their bats weren’t getting the job done and even the stellar pitching staff looked flat. Then the front office changed everything with an eleventh hour trade with the New York Mets for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. The moment those guys showed up, things got better. When the crucial series began on Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates stepped onto the field directly into an electric playoff atmosphere.
The fans were representing to the numbers of nearly 40,000 people. They weren’t just a silent majority either. If you haven’t seen the Pirates play all that much you might be surprised to see the fans get behind this team. It is funny what one good trade can do for a team and its fan base. The fans know now that the GM and the suits are all in. They want to make the 2013 MLB Playoffs and want to win the World Series. That changes everything for the fans.
Funny enough it also changes things for the players. Every man knows at that point that their efforts to do their best are noticed and rewarded with a trade to get them help. Byrd homered in his first game and by the time the game was in hand on Friday night, you would have thought it was the National League Championship Series. It is a great sound and sight to behold for the Pirates fans to get behind their team in voice and volume. Here’s hoping they have something to scream about for a couple of months yet.