In her latest BUCN 412, Kim Kanoza relives a Labor Day weekend at PNC Park….
As the reality of no postseason sinks in we in Pittsburgh like to take on the spoilers role and play hard versus the other teams in our division this weekend. After a smash burger and beers at Southern Tier on the North Shore we walked to the ballpark, where we were rooting for Pittsburgh’s own Kelly Frye as she threw out the first pitch. In true Pittsburgh fashion she was a true bad ass and pitched one across the plate. But, Kelly didn’t make it about herself, she made it about Pediatric Cancer patience who joined her on the field and were given super hero capes and strike out cancer foam fingers. This after several Bucs helped raise money by allowing the kids to shave their heads. It was a special evening for these special super heroes. That said the game didn’t end well even with our ace Gerrit Cole on the bump lost to the Reds 7-3.
Saturday was a better outcome although the weather was cold, gray and raining as Jameson Taillon took the hill he pitched like himself again and Jordan Luplow had himself a day with his first big league hit as well as his first RBI with his first big league homerun all in the same game. With a 5-0 shutout, the Bucs are back in the win column.
Sunday came along and it was Trevor Williams’ turn pitching quite a gem as he lead our Bucs to a second win versus the Reds, and a successful weekend in my book. We shall see if the Bucs can’t play spoiler to the Cubs as they roll into the Burgh for a four-game series today against Jake Arrietta. Playing spoiler for the Cubs could be very sweet. We shall see. Have a Safe Labor Day & Let’s Go Bucs!