Pirates fans cheer playoff-bound team in Market Square
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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