Pirates Announcers Go Nuts For Alvarez Walk-Off

Monday, August 09, 2010
Posted By admin 05:23 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter Monday 39-72, good for a .351 winning percentage, and 24.5 games back in the National League Central. The franchise of course is well on its way to an 18th consecutive losing season—it has been a long time since the skinny Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke days, but, boy, 18 is a high number. This season, though, has been particularly ugly, with very few highlights. I mean, the Pirates’ pitching staff has been a few steps below awful, starting shortstop Ronny Cedeno gets on base so infrequently that Jeff Franceouer looks like the Greek God of Walks in comparison and little-known infielder Neil Walker is the only regular with an OPS approaching .800.

Although the front office deserves credit for its recent quality moves at the trade deadline and finally seem to have a solid plan for the future in place, Pittsburgh fans have been put through a lot. Until Saturday night, that is, when 2008 first-rounder and one of the key pieces to the Pirates’ future, Pedro Alvarez, connected for a walk-off home run in a wild win over the Colorado Rockies. And, thanks to the team’s post-game concert series (the game sold out more because fans were there to see George Thorogood and not the sexy Jorge De La Rosa/Ross Ohlendorf pitching matchup), a full stadium was there to witness the game-winning blast and erupted when the ball sailed over the fence.

Thus, it truly was a feel-good good moment for a franchise desperate for them. A nice night at the ballpark, all around. That said, the Pittsburgh announcing crew—Greg Brown and Steve Glass—went a bit overboard with their enthusiasm during their call of the homer. See for yourself by playing the video above.

Not that I cannot appreciate the excitement, but, in the grand scheme of things, the game will obviously be remembered more for Alvarez’s first career walk-off home run than for any significance in the 2010 standings.

Video via Hardball Talk/Deadspin