When the Pirates last went to the playoffs, or actually had a winning season, the big names on the roster were Bonds, Bonilla, Drabek, and Van Slyke. That, and they played in the late Three Rivers Stadium. That was 1992. 21 seasons later, the Pirates have clinched a playoff berth last night with a win over the Cubs, and an assist by the Cardinals. WPXI has more…
The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.
It will be Pittsburgh’s first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing records — the longest streak in the four major professional sports.
Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, and the Pirates threw out a runner at the plate for the final out.
The Pirates doused each other in champagne in the visitors’ clubhouse once St. Louis’ 4-3 win over the Nationals became final.
The Cincinnati Reds also clinched at least a wild-card berth, when they beat the New York Mets 3-2 in 10 innings. The Pirates and Reds, both 90-67, trail St. Louis by two games in the NL Central with five to go.
I was disappointed with the local media in Pittsburgh. All three network affiliates, WTAE (ABC), WPXI (NBC) and KDKA (CBS) all ran AP stories on their sites. Only KDKA had some local video…
I’, thrilled for the Pirates and Pittsburgh. When I was growing up, the Pirates were lead by Stargell, Parker, and Madlock. There were too many lean years. Thank goodness they have a winning team in that beautiful ball park.