The early reviews from Pittsburgh were that the city had never before rallied around the Pirates like they did last night. Perhaps it was 21 years of pent-up frustration coming out, a hunger for October madness and success that made last night's scene, as Pirates' broadcaster Tim Neverett described to me as, "unreal."
It was once a little like that here in New York, too. I attended the first Yankee playoff game after their 14 year absence from the postseason in Game One of the 1995 Wild Card Series against the Seattle Mariners. It was Don Mattingly's first postseason game of his 14 year career. It was Andy Pettitte's first playoff start. Joe Dimaggio threw out the first pitch. The electricity in the old Yankee Stadium was off-the-charts and the fans rarely sat down. Now, of course, after all those postseason appearances since, that same juice no longer exists at Yankee playoff games.
And that is exactly what made watching last night's Pirates' game so great. The Pittsburgh fans showed why baseball is still the greatest and most magical sport in the world when it's at it's best.