Reporting Bob Allen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fans just can’t get enough of the Pirates these days.
The first baseball post-season in Pittsburgh in more than 20 years is really something to celebrate.
And PNC Park will surely be rocking when the Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday for the NL’s Wild Card Playoff Game. The Pirates clinched home-field advantage for that game with their 8-3 victory Saturday in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, Pirates’ fans are reliving great moments in the franchise’s rich history at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
From division championships to World Series championships, decades of success at Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium, and now finally success at PNC Park.
Jean Fawley is happy to see that success rub off on the new Pirates.
“I was at one game at Forbes Field when I was a kid, then with Three Rivers, and now PNC Park; it’s just been great,” said Fawley. “It just gives me goose bumps. I’ve been a fan all my life, since I was a kid.”
The Pirates got the upper hand in Cincinnati Saturday with back-to-back home runs by Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen.
Fans watching the game at Big Jim’s in Greenfield were waiting for this moment.
“I’m 42-years-old and I’ve seen the old glory. It’s good to have the new glory,” said Chuck Jackson, another fan. “This is awesome.”
“I turned 21 the night that they clinched a playoff berth, so it’s kind of weird,” said Evan Miller, another fan. “We both waited 21 years to pop bottles.”
And fans are already looking forward to Tuesday.
“Tuesday I’ll be nervous,” said fan Valerie Henze. “I’ll be nervous Tuesday because it’s a winner-take-all game.”
On Monday, fans will gather for a rally at Market Square.
If the Bucs win and go all the way to World Series glory, we could see another celebration like the one 34 years ago in Market Square when the Pirates were champions in 1979.
“I want them to win the World Series, I don’t see why they couldn’t,” said Miller.