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Pirates fans cheer playoff-bound team in Market Square

| Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates fan David Vensel of Millvale raises the Jolly Roger as fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a playoff rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a playoff rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a playoff rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole gets a high five as fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a playoff rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Addison Snode, 4, waves a Pirates flag while getting a better view with the help of her mother, Sheila Snode, of Cranberry as fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a rally.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
The Pirate Parrot gets fans fired up in Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, during a playoff rally.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pirates fans pack Market Square on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, for a playoff rally as the team prepares to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.

Hundreds of people filled Market Square on Monday for a raucous rally in advance of the Pittsburgh Pirates' first postseason appearance in more than two decades.

They face National League Central rival the Cincinnati Reds in a wild card game at PNC Park on Tuesday.

“This has been an extraordinary season and I really think they can go all the way,” said Sandy Rengers, 60, of Etna, attending with her husband Tom and their two young grandchildren.

The crowd was a mix of Downtown workers in business attire on their lunch breaks and black-and-gold-clad fans, many waving flags.

The Pirate Parrot danced. People chanted. “Let's Go Bucs.” Music blared from huge speakers.

“It's a good day,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, working the crowd into a frenzy.

“What you're feeling today is significant and special. The men feel it too,” Hurdle said.

Pat Toth, 65, of Dravosburg, a 17-year season-ticket holder, didn't need any help getting fired up.

“I don't care if I'm dead. I'm going to be there tomorrow,” Toth said.

“If they lose, how could anyone fault them? This season has been magical. I wish it was like the movie. ‘Groundhog Day,' something I could do over and over again,” Toth said.

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