Wins ‘everything’ for baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates fans

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In sports they say winning isn’t everything, but not when it comes to making money.

Financially, winning is just about everything with maybe the exception of the Chicago Cubs. Despite being a losing team the “Cubbie” fans still flock to Wrigley Field and root their team on, win or lose.

I think it’s great. There are few things better than a day at the ol’ ball yard with family, friends, a nice cold beer and a hot dog. But in most cities, if your team is a loser the fans just will not go to the games.

That’s basically the way it has been in Pittsburgh for a long time up until this season. The surprising Pirates are sitting in third place in the NL Central in a virtual tie with the Reds. Both teams are a game over 500 and four out of first place with just two week lefts before the All Star break.

The amazing thing was this past weekend. On Saturday there were 39,483 fans at PNC Park and that set a record. Then on Sunday another record was set with 39,511 fans rooting the “buccos” on. They lost 4-2 on Sunday but still won their series against the Red Sox.

That is a big deal for the organization and the team for the remainder of the season. If the Pirates can stay injury free and get their defenses playing better they could hang in there for a long time. They have a real good group of rookies who are playing like seasoned veterans. If the pitching can hold up so will the Pirates. “Go, Buccos!”

Not much seems to change in the divisional races in baseball as we head to the break. In the AL East, it is a three-team race between the Yankees, Red Sox and the surging Rays as we continue interleague play for another week.

The Red Sox must travel to Philly for another tough series with a Pennsylvania team while the Yanks get the Brewers at home and the Rays host the Reds.

In the AL Central it is still a dog fight between the Tigers and Indians, but Detroit is at home in a three-game series with the Mets and three more with the Giants before heading West.

The Tribe will be on the road at Arizona in a three-game series and then at Cincinnati for three in some strange scheduling, which favors the Tigers.

In the AL West we have three teams that are really in a tight battle with the Rangers, Mariners and Angels in a race that looks to go down to the wire.

In the NL East, the Phillies remain in control and it will stay that way as long as their pitchers stay healthy.

In the NL Central, the Brewers have a three-game lead, but that could change heading to Yankee Stadium, while slumping St. Louis goes on the road to Baltimore and the Pirates head to Toronto. We will see how Pittsburgh responds after its big three games against the Red Sox.

In the NL West, the Giants and Diamondbacks are nip and tuck. San Francisco is on the road all week while the D’backs stay at home. Advantage Arizona.

I love to watch the old corny sitcoms and one of my favorites is the Andy Griffith show with Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors). It was so laid back.

I just watched an episode the other day and Goober (George Lindsey) was pumping gas, cleaning the car windows and checking under the hood. I was thinking how great it was when gas stations all had their own mechanics.

When Nixon was president gas was around .35 cents a gallon and service stations all had employees to pump your gas. There was no pumping on your own.

With the economy as bad as it is, I would be willing to make a bet with these real “wise guys” in DC that I could straighten it out myself.

If every gas station hired one person to pump gas, that would add a lot of jobs. Then we should drill everywhere in the US where there is oil and do it at once. Tell the wacko environmentalists pump gas or leave the country.

The economy and stock market would go nuts. People would have money to spend and gas prices would be around $1. I think Washington should hire some Las Vegas bookies to run the country. I would bet my bottom dollar they would have this straightened out in no time at all.

Or, as Donald (Trump) would say, “Your fired!”

 

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