The regular season hasn’t even started –
And there’s some serious Bucco Fever out there already.
Fans always began marking off days on the calendar starting in February –
Even during the lean years.
But their numbers – and the excitement – have grown exponentially –
Since the Pirates broke their two-decade drought in 2013 –
With a breathtaking winning season – and Division Series play.
Fans were loud and loyal –
And if they couldn’t get a ticket –
They packed the bars – the restaurants –
Even the streets and parking lots on the North Shore –
Just to be close to the action.
Last year the Pirates made it to the Wild Card game –
And when it was over – it was clear that there was a new attitude –
In the front office – on the field – and in the stands.
This spring the team saw record attendance in Bradenton.
There’s a good chance of another standing-room-only season at PNC Park.
We’re beyond wanting a winning season or a postseason game.
We’re talking World Series.
At least one national sports pundit thinks it’s possible.
The pieces are in place.
Combined with a little luck –
The Bucs may be going all the way this year!