For the third straight year – it was Buctober in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates played a post-season game –
And ended the season with 98 wins –
The second best record in Major League Baseball.
Fans packed PNC Park again –
Setting an attendance record for the second consecutive year.
There were highs –
Like the miracle comeback wins against St. Louis before the All-Star Break –
And lows –
Like South Korea’s Jung Ho Kang’s successful rookie year –
Ending with a leg injury in mid-September.
Fans saw A.J. Burnett and Aramis Ramirez –
Finish out their careers in a Pirates uniform.
In all – it was a memorable season –
Even if Buctober didn’t last nearly long enough.
Still – it also promises to be an interesting offseason.
The futures of so many players –
Like Neil Walker – Pedro Alvarez – and Mark Melancon –
Will be decided.
And – of course – in less than six months –
The Bucs will be back at PNC Park.