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What type of celebration would the Pirates draw?

Pittsburgh loves the Penguins, and rightfully so.

A rough estimate of 375,000 fans gathered in the city Monday to celebrate the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship.

There estimate was higher than the number of Steelers fans in February celebrating the Super Bowl championship.

Monday was a great day for a party, much better than a cold February afternoon.

Either way, the sight of fans lined up in parking garages, along streets and climbing on whatever they could to get a glimpse of their favorite players and Lord Stanley's Cup, was amazing.

It was the same route and same scene as four months earlier, but I'm still amazed.

The Pens' first Cup celebrating drew about 80,000 people at the Point in 1991. In 1992, they celebrated in Three Rivers Stadium.

My, how times have changed.

So after Monday's Stanley Cup hangover, I have a question about the Pirates. Would a Pirates celebration draw as many fans?

Yeah, I know, the chances of the Pirates winning a World Series are as likely as Sarah Palin going on a date with David Letterman.

But let's take the leap and say it happens.

Would there be any fans left? Would the desire to celebrate a baseball championship be so great that the numbers for a parade would equal or surpass what we saw Monday?

Fans still are vocal; just listen to the outrage from the Nate McLouth deal. Many, however, are fed up. I'm sure just a winning season would be enough to sway them.

A championship should cure all. I'd love for it take place and then seen what happens later.


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