Sometimes pictures really are worth a thousand words, maybe ten-thousand. The following picture appeared in the September 24th edition of the P-G. It is a permanent record of the last out recorded in the Pirates verses Cubs game on September 23rd. The Pirates won 2-1. With this win, the Pirates clinched a spot in the 2013 post-season, the first in twenty-one years.
For long suffering Pirate fans this picture captures all the drama of the moment. Players on the ground after a great collision at home plate, Russell Martin holding the ball to the sky, the Cub’s player with head down and the ump making a classic call. But the picture captures something even more poignant – the sheer exhilaration of the moment.
Check the crowd – this is the exact moment excitement turns to disappointment among the Cub’s fans, except right in the center of the page is one Pirate fan who is jumping for the sky. His expression is one of sheer elation! Upon seeing this picture and the Pirate fan, I realized that his elation reflects the emotions felt by me and Pirate fans everywhere at that moment – we aren’t just winners, we’re among the best!
Congratulations to our Pirates and Pirate fans everywhere! What a season!!