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Pirates opener: A lot to like

I'm a sucker for opening day.

I've been going to Three Rivers/PNC Park many years now to kick off the start to Pirates' season in good times and bad.

I enjoy the crowds, the ceremonies and all of trimmings that come with the opener.

Monday at PNC Park was no different.

Except if you're looking at the Pirates' record at PNC.

Zach Duke looked like an all-star, the offense looked like the Lumber Company of old and the crowd had one heck of a time celebrating the Bucs' 7-0 win.

It was just the Pirates third win at a PNC Park opener.

The game was one to remember.

Adam LaRoche (!) and Ryan Doumit hit home runs, Freddy Sanchez looked like a former batting champion and the fans actually had "the wave" going around the park.

But it was Duke's day.

It was his third career shutout and the first shutout in a home opener since 1978.

Yeah, it was a good day. It all came together for the Pirates.

Maybe there's more down the road this year.


  1. They've been pretty good thus far, and that division is not nearly as good as it was last year.

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    If the Cubs could struggle more, then that would help the Bucs.


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