Can't speak to the Reds' coaches/Pirates fans exchanges today since we were along the 3B line.
But, as disappointing as yesterday was for a first visit to PNC Park, today was as much--more really--fun for the 2nd game and series finale.
Hamilton: electric as always and so much fun to watch. Not just him but how visibly rattled the Pirates' relievers were when he was on the bases. So far, hard to say the kid can't hit or get on since he's done virtually nothing but that with the few opportunities to hit he has gotten. He almost got his first (I think?) steal of 3rd but a ball was fouled off after he'd taken off.
The offense: 11 runs. Wow! And, they scored more after the first two inning outburst. Frazier, JV, Jay and, suprise-of-surprises, even Heisey.
As boring as a blowout can be, it's just utterly delightful when it's your team doing the damage. Like yesterday, the Reds fans were really few and far between at PNC. The two of us were the only ones in our entire section and I saw one Reds cap in the section to our left. But, by the 9th as the Bucs fans had largely fled, you could look around the park and see the red-clad fans moving forward and lower enthusiastically.
Even the weather was great in contrast to yesterday's cold and rain. Sunny and generally warm. Perfect for a real behind-whupping!
We had opportunity to meet some of Chris Heisey's family; great people and visibly just elated at the day he had. Then, on our way out taking a walk around PNC to see the huge statues of Clemente, Honus Wagner, Stargell and Mazeroski at the gates, we ran into Mesoraco's uncle, who kindly offered us beers from a cooler as we chatted. I told him I really didn't like that Hanigan got the two starts over his nephew. As the number now show that didn't serve us well. His theory, a familiar one, was simply that Dusty prefers the veterans.
We need more Mesoraco, Hamilton, Frazier and Ludwick in the lineups for the rest of the way if we're going to have any chance at the division and surely to be confident about hosting a playoff. Less Robinson, Soto, Duke, HRod and Hanigan.
Just a great, great day that put the endcap on a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The players (we caught Joey, Bronson and Cueto as they headed into the buses for the trip home) all looked genuinely happy and energized. They'll need to keep that easy and loose mindset to roll the Mets and at least one-up last year by setting an "LCS-or-Bust" type goal for 2014.