Well, despite my prediction of gloom and doom and not-so-subtle suggestion that the Pirates not even bother playing this season, the Buccos went out and thumped the Dodgers in front of the 5th largest crowd in PNC Park history by the score of 11-5.
"The Legend" Garrett Jones spanked a two run homer into the Allegheny River on one bounce and one inning later hit a postage stamp homer down the left field line. Ryan Doumit (favorite whipping boy of mine) also hit a three run shot in the eighth to put a bow on the win. Ryan Church also came up big with a pinch hit, bases clearing double. The pitching was okay. Zach Duke got the win, going 5 innings and giving up 2 first inning runs. The bullpen did its job for the most part, despite a shaky showing by DJ Carrasco and Evan Meek.
The atmosphere at PNC Park was tremendous, as was the weather - easily the nicest weather for a home opener that I can remember. Of course, yours truly didn't put on any sunscreen and got singed pretty badly because of it. Oh well... I'd much rather have gotten a little sunburn as opposed to freezing my ass off.
Anyway, despite the Pirates resounding victory today, I'm still convinced that this is going to be a long season for our Buccos. That said, a game like today shows you what can happen when things actually go right for the Pirates. There is some potential there, that much is evident, but can potential carry the Pirates to .500 or better? That remains to be seen. I guess we'll find out over the course of the next 161 games.
Anyway, time for RAW. See yinz tomorrow.