Blogging the Pirates and the Steelers since 1904.
Biggest game in 21 years. Our magnificent beer fort appears prepared with full blackout. Would be more entertained with Ogden Nutting throwing out first pitch than McClatchy, but whatever.
There will be many ramparts to climb and volley from in the Beer Fort today.Time for the Island of Dr. Morneau to launch a volley over the fence.
Although current Steelers would not at all be up to the task, fans must block and tackle other fans if necessary to prevent aid of the enemy.
Both Petey and Martin have taken Poindexter deep, expecting more of the same today.
Derek Bell takes over Washington, D.C., Gary Sheffield appears on TBS pregame panel...Poindexter should be very worried. Kozma trying to upstage Descalso! The nerve....
Ready for entertainment. Light show and some extra fireworks primed.
Good first potch strike call.
Non strike strikes, entertained.
Holy WIDE strikezone Batman!
Byrd rescues ALL OF THE HOSTAGES!!
The BYRD man delivers the first volley from the Beer Fort.
At end of pregame, Bucs were unanimous pick by Sheffield, Pedro Martinez, Verducci, Keith O., and basement nerdy guy.
All the red hostages belong to Frankie!
The BYRD man coming up big pushed near the RF rampart.
In the SHIFT we trust.
Both Petey and Martin have struck out against Poindexter before, expecting more of the same today.
Poindexter seems a bit peeved. Was the CMU library closed this morning? Pardon us while Marlon Byrd delivers the goods on both sides of the ball.
Got the bunt down.
Bucs bunting circles around Cards, victory imminent.
Voices outside the Beer Fort heard saying, "The BYRD man is coming, the BYRD man is coming!"
Leadoff Cutch walk. PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES coming out.
One of the most exciting plays in professional sports right there.
I don't understand that pinch hitting selection of Tabata at all, he hasn't hit in a great while. Heck just leave Barmes in.Leyland continues to annoy me.
Highly entertained by sac fly and decision to PH Hasabata for Barmes up 1 in the 6th.
Tabata finished year strong. You'd rather go with BarmOUT?
Mercer makes the play, Barmes-style.
Cardinals first base coach is something of a toucher. He's all over that guy on first.
I'd go with Hasabata in a heartbeat had he had some ABs semi recently instead of Hasn'tbata.Then again I always start Mercer at SS to continue my belly aching and whining and complaining.
To finish, if Leyland thinks BarmOUTs is better defensively than Mercer, then why put Mercer in the game with a lead?Although I feel Mercer is better defensively anyway let alone offensively.This type of logic befuddles me.
But Barmes was up with guys on first and second in a playoff game, you have to let a better hitter hit, so Mercer comes in later, although worse at fielding, the best guy left.
The Cards don't look they shower well, or at all.
Zagurski 2.0 has too much surface area to shower efficiently.
Big test for Melancon --- heart of the order.
Wow, that was a meatball pitch. Very unsharklike.
Get Melancon out of there.
Beltran is a freak.
Whoa, NFW saves the day.
Need to put Mets uniform on Beltran to get him aut.
Entertained by 3-4-1. Even more by GIDP. Get out the lumber.
Cutch doubles and now wants you to STAND TFU!
The Island of Dr. Morneau sends more laser beams at people than I have ever seen.
Wonder what AFM was thinking there.
Can't blame Leyland for clueless baserunning.
Paydro gonna have to earn this one.
Petey with a chance to be a hero. Stargell ectoplasm ready to be channeled.
I double steal here to shake things up.
Paydro is CLUTCH!!!!!
Petey the Hero!
LOVE the squeeze call!Leyland 2.0 gaining points with me.
Now to pile on.
Bold squeeze call there. One of Molina's glue-on fingernails fell off?
Tough to BUNT with Molina's makeup causing reflections off the bat.Molina might cause someone to BUNT an eye out.
That's the spirit.
Martin rescues a hostage!
The French Rifle with another volley from the Bastion.
Leaving this guy in to face Gaby?
It's OK Hunting Knife, Drag Queen Molina has a fingernail specialist among his entourage...Miss Thing used to work for RuPaul!
3 more outs.
Beer Fort aglow in fireworks yet again.Ectoplasm glowing from the Bastion.
Time to light the kerosene pumpkin.
Pitching my fork, teeing my orch.