The 2010s was an up and down decade for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans. Now that it is over, what was your favorite moment of the decade?
Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to a new decade! The 2010s are now in the rear view mirror. This past decade was one of both great heights and dark lows for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, this was an improvement over the previous two decades which had been almost solely lows!
With the decade now in the rear view mirror, Pirate fans can start to look back over the decade. In doing so, it leaves a question – what was your favorite moment of the decade for the Pirates?
Since this decade saw the Pirates make the postseason in three consecutive seasons for the first time since the early 1990s, in addition to the first of these three being the team’s first postseason berth and winning season in 20 years, there were plenty of great moments from this decade. There were also awesome, memorable moments in the years leading up to the 2013 – 2015 run as their young core grew into what they became.
Additionally, the Pirates had an unexpected winning record in 2018 which provided some good memories. Even in the down years of 2016, 2017 and 2019 there were memorable moments.
The first moments that will come to many people’s minds will be Russell Martin‘s home run that literally had PNC Park shaking after Johnny Cueto dropped the ball in the 2013 NL Wild Card Game, as well as Nate Schierholtz getting mowed down at the plate in Chicago to end the game as the Pirates clinched their first postseason berth in 20 years.
A come from behind victory in Game 3 of the NLDS in 2013, Gerrit Cole‘s MLB debut in 2013, Martin’s pseudo-postseason clinching home run against the Brewers in 2014, and back-to-back come from behind extra innings walk off victories against the Cardinals just before the All-Star Break in 2015 all come to mind as well. So do Josh Harrison‘s walk off home run to break up Rich Hill‘s no hitter in the 10th inning of a game in 2017 and the Pirates 13 game winning streak in 2018. Another personal favorite of mine was Josh Bell‘s pinch hit grand slam for his first career home run against the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park in July of 2016, especially since attending this game was the first date for my wife and I.
What was your favorite Pirate moment of the decade? Sound off in the comments below!