The Pirates, holding on to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, man on first for the Cubs, two outs. Cubs hitter hits one into the rightcenter field gap. Not good.
Pirates rightfielder cuts it off. Good.
Pirates rightfielder bobbles ball and Cubs lead runner is heading home with the tying run. Not good.
Pirates pitcher, the PITCHER, cuts off throw and throws a dart to Pirates catcher. Good.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin blocks the plate, holds on to the ball, and the Pirates win. Very good!
It's been nearly 21 years since Game Seven of the NLCS--Braves-Pirates--had a similar ending. Pirates up a run, two outs, two on for the Braves. A single to left field. Tying run scores. Barry Bond fires home. Sid Bream of the Braves barely eludes the tag to score the winning run and put the Braves, not the Pirates, in the World Series.
Sweet irony. And what must be a surreal feeling throughout Pittsburgh today.