PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates’ winning season gave die-hard fans hope and brought new fans to the game.
As this stellar season comes to a close, many are taking this time to reflect on the team that made Pittsburgh fall in love with baseball once again.
Many Pirates fans considered themselves the 10th man, along for the journey that was 21 years in the making. Even though it’s over, the 10th man is thinking like any other player on the field – let’s get ready for next year.
The sun still rose over Pittsburgh this morning. The dream is now over and it wasn’t the headline anyone wanted.
But, this season filled a void in the hearts of many.
“We were looking to go further, but I’ll take this. It’s great,” Scott Heid said.
This was Heid’s first season working at PNC Park. He may not release the full depth of the life of a Pirates fan, but said what he saw at work today was a proud group of people.
“There’s a really great mood inside. It was really two-fold coming to work today. Disappointed that the team wasn’t going on further, but this has been a great, great season,” Heid said.
The players put out their own messages after the game. Andrew McCutchen said on Twitter, “Not the ending we wanted, but who woulda thought we would have made it this far? Thanks to all who believed in us. A change has come to Pittsburgh.”
“It changed a lot of people too. From the stands being empty to completely full,” Elesha Cillo said.
That change is something felt by fans and manager Clint Hurdle even said that this season rebounded a city through a ball team.
“It was evident at the Wild Card game, the hunger and passion the fans have for their local team,” Hurdle said.
While the season has officially come to a close, Spring Training will be here before we know it.