Actual baseball, well sorta, is being played now and man did it feel good listening yesterday. It was also good to hear the genuine crack off the bat of Ke’Bryan Hayes. Man that kid makes a sound we haven’t heard in Pittsburgh since Josh Bell’s one month of dominance.
For one short season, every professional league in baseball used a designated hitter. There were a lot of fights about implementing the rule in the National League but once it was here it suddenly just became baseball again.
We’ve gone all season waiting for some of these guys to get healthy or perform closer to their norms to no avail.
There probably isn’t a more important storyline to tonight’s ball game beyond Joe Musgrove returning to the mound.
Everybody wants to see the kid play. If the future is all we have to root for, it makes total sense to want to see a glimpse now. I get it.
In baseball every fan no matter how involved, from the casual observer to the most ravenous fan, one thing binds us all, lineup opinions. Everyone has their perfect vision of an ideal flow, the players involved and any variations beyond that for specific situations.
The Pirates had a lot of firsts in this game, the first rain delay, the first piggyback start, the first blown save, the first extra inning action and finally we saw the honeymoon for Derek Shelton at least come back to Earth a bit.
Many fans were shocked to hear Derek Shelton pointedly offer a few bottom of the roster candidates to occupy DH duties for your Pittsburgh Pirates on 93.7 The Fan.
Trades and rumors of trades is almost as much a part of baseball fandom as hot dogs and Cracker Jack. People love to propose them, dissect them and forecast the results, it’s fun and it makes something that typically could be a painful moment as a fan more palatable.