Andrew McCutchen jumps higher than Jordan. FACT. We learn something new every night with this Pirates ball club and last night was no different. The Pirates earned the biggest win of the 2009 season hanging the ninth blown save on Phillies “closer” Brad Lidge.
Ok, I admit we weren’t thrilled with Luis Cruz leading off the ninth inning with the Bucs down a run after anti-closer Matt Capps gave away another lead to the World Champs, but hell, Cruz was facing Lidge. Cruz had just made a great catch with the infield in to preserve a run, not that we would need that run anyway, Cruz still ripped Lidge for a leadoff single and went to second on a Lidge wild pitch.
Brian Bixler pinch ran for Cruz and scored on a game tying single by Brandon Moss.
The crowd was about to witness well, what Pirates are supposed to do.
And according to the dictionary, what is a Pirate? With a little help from VP of Creative for Rumbunter, Nick C, we can answer that for you. A Pirate is someone who robs or plunders their bounty (a win in this situation) from any sovereign nation (Filth-adelphia loosely applies as a sovereign city at least); or a Pirate takes by the use of force. McCutchen style.
Everyone at the game joked, even I can hit this guy. The Phillies closer/phenom Brad Lidge has turned into a pyromanic for the champs. But only a few people called this one as Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate and ended the game with a monster two-run homer to centerfield.
McCutchen has done it all season long and continued to be the face of the Pirates franchise. Cutch drilled a 1 ball no strike Brad Lidge 94 mph fastball into the seats in dead center field for the Pirates fourth walkoff victory of the season.
It was just another highlight for Cutch and his Facebook page. McCutchen’s leap into the arms of his teammates started about halfway down the third base line.
Apologies to all of you as we failed to snap a picture, we were too busy taunting the Phillie fans.
What a great atmosphere at PNC Park, the video produced by the Bucs scoreboard team was tremendous. It played as Lidge warmed up for the ninth inning. It was hilarious. I won’t ruin it for you, but will only say this… truly this game wasn’t over until the Fat Lady sings.
Last night, the Fat Lady didn’t even get her mouth open against the agressive Pirate bats.
A frustrated Phillie fan summed it up best after we were screaming today’s Rumbunter headline, ”Lidge didn’t even pitch a strike tonight, I just hope Myers had a good rehab outing.”
Yes, Brad Lidge, we love you. Matt Capps Loves You. Andrew McCutchen Loves You. Nick, Third Boss and Andy Love You. Teke Loves You. Frank and Pops Love You. Hell, the Pirates Love You. The thousands of Phillies fans at the game tonight, well…who gives a rats ass what they think about you Brad.
Speaking of thousands of Phillies fans, nice work by the Pirates Sales Team. If the Pirate fans won’t come out, it was a brilliant idea to reach out to the Phillie fan users from their website with a special offer for tickets at PNC Park. Most of the Phillies fans can’t get a seat in their park, the Pirates had plenty to sell last night.
So what was the special offer anyway? Come out to PNC Park, Let McCutchen Break Your Heart? I like it. Check out some of the pics of the Filth-adelphians we took while Cutch and the team celebrated.
We have tons of other news, including a great story forthcoming from ESPN Magazine that could feature some of the Rumbunter faithful, but everyone reading this right now, this game was just too great to write about, you saw it. Enjoy it. Get used to it.