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Stewart: Outer Banks trip starts bad; finishes strong

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Things started out badly.

We got here on Sunday and I went to the beach. I thought I saw Honey Boo-Boo and I turned around and raced back to the house, bolting the door behind me.

Then I turned on Sportscenter and saw that the Pirates had lost. Too early to hit the panic button.

Monday was again a beautiful day except that the Pirates lost to the Oakland A's. Here we go again I go on vacation and the Pirates start to lose.

But, I realized that the A's are a good team and in first place in the AL West. I don't know how they do it.

Look up and down their lineup and see if you recognize any names. I still held out hope that this two-game slide was not my fault.

Tuesday, we took the ferry to Ocracoke Island. The weather was great once again.

The Pirates were not. Uh-oh. Three losses in a row. This can't be happening, can it?

Overall, it was a good day, though, except for the Honey Boo-Boo commercials. I can't shake the thought that she is somewhere on the island.

I'll keep looking over my shoulder.

Wednesday — another beautiful day weather-wise and sport-wise. I breathed a little easier as I read the paper and saw that Francisco Liriano put an end to the Buccos' losing streak. It's a bummer that they're not in first place, though. They were on top of the division when I crossed the state line heading south three days earlier.

Thursday was an off day for the Buccos but I saw in the news that four Pirates will be playing in the All-Star Game.

When's the last time that happened. Pedro and Andrew made it, along with Jason Grilli and Jeff Locke. Pedro will also be in the Home Run Derby.

Liriano could have been chosen, too. He's been a great pickup.

Buoyed by the outstanding Bucco news, the adrenaline was flowing as I took the stage at Karaoke Night at Sting Wray's Restaurant and Lounge. I went and gave the performance of my life (in my mind) with ovation-worthy renditions of “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “ “I Can't Get Over You” by Brooks and Dunn and a mind-blowing version of “Is She Really Going Out With Him,” by Joe Jackson.

That one had the crowd singing along. A lot of Pittsburgh people were in attendance. There were a lot of Pirates and Steelers shirts there.

The karaoke DJ was a Baltimore Ravens fan and I had to take my lumps as he bragged about their Super Bowl win.

Oh, and I was joined onstage by my first-ever karaoke groupie. It would have been neat except the groupie was a sweaty, drunk bearded fellow who was wearing Wild Goat cologne.

He put his arm around my shoulder and wanted to sing along but he wasn't good at reading two-syllable words so he gave up quickly and returned to the barn. My son Connor's girlfriend, Hillary, snapped a photo of it and posted it on Facebook.

Thanks a ton!

I didn't care. The Pirates won a game, the weather was great and life was good. And the Pirates continued to win as our Outer Banks week came to a close. The winning streak was at three when we left.

I wasn't worried at all by their mini-slump.

Well, maybe just a little.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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