The Pirates had a season of firsts. This was the first season in many years that the Pirates had five representatives at the All-Star game. This is the first season in 20 years that the Pirates won not only 82 games, but won a total of 94 games in a season. It also was a first time in 20 seasons that the Pirates made it to a playoff game and won a total of three playoff games in one season. The last time that happened was in the era of Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla.
The Pirates fought hard the entire season. The team never gave up nor did the management. Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington went out and got power hitting outfielder Marlon Byrd and veteran first basemen Justin Morneau. If you are a Pirates’ fan, this is not something the team has been used to over this record breaking losing streak. Management showed this season that it believed in this team and the players responded accordingly.
The Pirates also saw their farm system begin to produce future stars. The Pirates had some home grown players already starting for them like Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Neil Walker. However, the team brought up future ace and former first round draft pick, Gerrit Cole. Cole showed the fans why he was taken first overall. Pittsburgh fans, he will be an ace for this team for years to come! If you are excited about Cole, there are many other players almost ready to show Pittsburgh and the MLB what they can do, such as Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco.
Finally Pirates’ fans, you got to see playoff baseball! This was the first year that the most beautiful baseball park in the world, PNC Park, got to see their Pirates play meaningful games in September and October. Each and every game that was played in that stadium during this year’s playoffs was filled with drama, excitement, and fun for everyone. The city of Pittsburgh and their fans deserved it.
In a season that the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling and the Pittsburgh Penguins had a very disappointing playoff run, it was the Pirates that gave the city of Pittsburgh excitement and joy. The city of Pittsburgh was “raising the jolly roger” flag all season long. To fans of the Pirates: do not put those flags away! Be proud of your Buccos! This season was not a fluke, it was just a preview of what is to come!