Pittsburgh Pirates’ ’10th Man’ Key to World Series Run

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The Pittsburgh Pirates looked very dominant in their 6-2 victory in the winner-takes-all National League Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds . The Pirates’ “10th man” were very vocal and their passion will have a major role in a potential World Series run.

The 10th man is not an actual baseball term because fans in baseball are viewed as just fans, unlike the “12th man” in football. In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks’ 12th man has shown the past few seasons that they are very game changing.

Their noise level has led to many false start and delay of game penalties by opposing offenses. They are so game changing that they broke the Guinness World Record for loudest noise level at a sporting event.

The Pirates fans had been suffering for 21 years without seeing their beloved team playing playoff baseball. The fans were very loud at times during the game, especially during the second and third innings.

When Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was trying to pitch with runners on base, the fans were loudly yelling “CUETO.” Their intention was to get him to throw a pitch in the batter’s sweet spot.

It worked to perfection as Cueto had an atypical game by throwing many pitches in that location. Catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Marlon Byrd each homered when Cueto missed with his intended location and threw it in the sweet spot.

The Pirates had given their fans very little to cheer about in the last decade with numerous sub-.500 seasons. They were very close last season to making it to the playoffs, but they collapsed down the stretch.

The fans will make PNC Park sold out in every Pirates game for the duration of the postseason. These fans have the capability to make so much noise that opposing pitchers might miss with their intended location on a consistent basis.

The Pirates will travel to Busch Stadium on Thursday to play a best-of-five series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his Facebook group, or add him to your network on Google.

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