Pirates' loss a 'crushing' blow to fans
By Chris Togneri
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Lower the Jolly Roger.
The 2013 season was a magical ride for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and baseball fans will have all winter to celebrate the team's first winning season and postseason appearance in 21 years.
But Wednesday night, after the Pirates lost 6-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series, few people watching on the big screen on Federal Street outside PNC Park were in the mood to celebrate.
“It's crushing. Very crushing. I really thought they could go further,” said Patrice Viola Popovic, 58, of Somers Point, N.J., who grew up in Mt. Lebanon and attended the viewing party while in town to visit family.
The Cardinals move on to the National League Championship Series to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Pirates' loss ended their best season since 1992, when they lost to Atlanta in the NLCS. Pittsburgh's 94-68 record was good enough for second in the NL Central and a wild-card berth.
The team flew back to Pittsburgh early Thursday. Next, players and coaches will return to PNC Park to clean out their lockers and start looking ahead to spring training.
Chris Togneri is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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