Late last night, “Buctober” was trending in Pittsburgh.


Yes, the city is born again in the success of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After overcoming a four-run deficit against the Houston Astros last night, the newest Pirate to join the team — Drew Sutton — hit a stunning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Pirates won 7-6 at PNC Park.

Although the game was exciting, the Pirates did something else that has fans taking notice. The team moved eight games over 500 for the first time since 1992, that last time the Pirates had a winning season and made the playoffs. Yes, for the first time in 20 years, the Pirates look like they have a special ball club capable to finishing the season as winners, and perhaps even making the postseason.

I don’t want to get ahead of myself so I’ll leave you to ponder the following.

The last time the Pirates were eight games over 500…

Bill Clinton became President of the United States.

Gas costs $1.13/gallon.

A stamp cost $.29.

The Buffalo Bills lost to the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl.

Mario Lemieux and the Penguins capture their second Stanley Cup victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Silence of the Lambs wons Best Picture

Compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music.

They had these guys on their team…
And this was how the season ended

About Pete Dombrosky
Pete is a graduate of Penn State University and a life-long Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan. He covered men's hockey, golf, tennis, swimming and the enterprise beat as a reporter at the Daily Collegian, Penn State's award-winning, independent student-operated paper. He currently serves as the Managing Editor for Thrillist Media Group (www.thrillist.com).

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