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  • 1979 Family Reunites as Pittsburgh Pirates Rout Cincinnati Reds

    Members of the 1979 world championship Pirates together with the World Series trophy before Saturday night’s game. From left to right, top row, Omar Moreno, Bruce Kison, partially blocked by Chuck Tanner, Kent Tekulve, Bill Madlock, wife of the late slugger Willie Stargell, Margaret Stargell, Don Robinson, and Rennie Stennett,, Bottom row right to left are Dale Berra , Mike Easler, Grant Jackson, Steve Nicosia and Phil Garner.

    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    Often, when the Pirates have some commemorative event for a championship team, then win the game later the same day, all kinds of intangible, inspirational connections get made.

    To be sure, plenty of those were heard after the 12-2 rout of the Cincinnati Reds last night before 32,570 at PNC Park: It brought a season-best five-game winning streak, and it followed a moving ceremony to honor 22 members of the 1979 Family, highlighted by Chuck Tanner, 80 years old and recovering from heart surgery, getting warmly embraced as all huddled around their World Series trophy.

    It was, as pitcher Zach Duke would describe it, “A great moment, for us and for the city.”

    For Ryan Doumit, it was more.

    And not just because he busted out of a 4-for-34 funk with a home run, double, single and three RBIs.

    Flash back to a few minutes before 7 p.m., as Doumit, Duke and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan came up the tunnel steps on the way to Duke’s warmup. Near the bat rack was Tanner, who is more than just an acquaintance to Doumit, having once pleaded his case to management that Doumit should be the everyday catcher by pounding his fist on a meeting-room table during spring training of 2008.

    This time, Tanner grabbed Doumit by the elbow, caught his full attention and gave him an old-fashioned earful.

    As always with Tanner, it was all positive.

    How cool to see all those wonderful faces together again, holding that magic trophy.

    One more time, sing it Sister:

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/


  • Park Forest Colts are Section Champs

    Park Forest Colts 2009 Sectional Champs

    Park Forest Colts are Section Champs.

    Mary Kay Joens wrote a really great article at eNews Park Forest congratulating the Park Forest Colts on winning the sectional title in the Pony National Tournament.

    From ENEWSPF:

    For only the second time in PF Baseball history, the Colt team has won the sectional title in the Pony National Tournament. On Sunday, July 19th, Rich East was the site of the championship game in the sectional tournament of the Pony National Tournament, which was hosted by PF Baseball. The Colt team is made up of 15 and 16 year olds and this year’s team is managed by Steve Gifford and coached by Dennis Pieper and Reggie Coleman. All three gentlemen are also on the PF Baseball Board of Directors.

    The PF team began their march on Thursday, July 16th, when they played against St. Joe (Joliet Area) and won 4-2. The pitchers of record were Mike Milkovic and Josh Pieper, with Milkovic picking up the win. The offensive power was provided by Phil Werner, Josh Pieper, and Tirone Rogers, who each picked up a run-batted-in. However, PF was not only competing against St. Joe but also against Mother Nature. In the bottom of the fourth inning the game was suspended due to lightning and then the ominous black clouds quickly rolled in. The game was suspended until Friday, July 17th, and the field was barely tarped when the torrential rains came. But thanks to the hard-working field maintenance crew, headed by Coach Dennis Pieper, the field was worked back into shape and play resumed on Friday. The final few innings were played with no runs being scored.

    And the article goes on from there.

    With all the bad news we are forced to read, this is just an exciting event for a group of young men of diverse backgrounds. Hats off to the Park Forest Colts, the lads from Homewood who gave it their all, and all young people who get involved, and make a difference.

    And congratulations to the Park Forest Colts!

    Read the article here.


  • Ouch! Dodgers Sweep Cubs Away

    I respect Cubs fans, but I don’t get them at all.  I’m convinced Wrigley will fall to the ground some day.  The 500 level is a death trap.

    Well, we won’t have to worry about baseball at Wrigley for a few more months now.  The Dodgers swept the Cubbies, and that’s all there is to it.

    According to the Tribune, the Cubs only led for 2½ innings for the entire series, leading 2-0 in Game 1 from the bottom of the second to the top of the fifth.

    That’s more than a complete collapse.

    What is it about this team that they can’t muster any energy at all for the playoffs?  Who’s paying them to lose so remarkably?

    I’ll put my “It’s Gonna Happen” sign away for another year.

    It’s not gonna happen, Cubs fans.