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Pirates memory: Listening to game outside Three Rivers

The Pirates' first playoff appearance in more than 20 years brought back memories from their last run in the early 1990s.

I was lucky to attend college in Pittsburgh then, so I was in the middle of all the activity in the playoffs. I even attended playoff games in 1991 and '92.

I also remember heading out to Point State Park and listen to the reaction to the crowd and the play-by-play on the radio. I also miss hearing Lanny Frattare.

But it's a new generation and finally a team fit for playing in a jewel of a ballpark at PNC Park.

Have any memories you'd like to share?

Let's go Bucs.

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