Pittsburgh Pirates http://wesa.fm en 100 Things About the Pirates Every Fan Should Know http://wesa.fm/post/100-things-about-pirates-every-fan-should-know <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new generation of Pirates fans were born with their successful run into the postseason last fall. In </span><a href="http://store.post-gazette.com/divinity-cart/item/pg-587/100-things-pirates-fans-should-know-do-before-they-die/1.html"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">100 Things Pirates Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new book written by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday sports editor Steve </span>Ziants<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, assembles various facts, traditions and achievements to educate and entertain true fans, or the new wave of fans jumping onboard. Mr. </span>Ziants<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in studio to discuss the “ultimate resource guide for true Pirates fans.”</span></p><p>“This is a history book that isn’t told in chronological order, we tell it from the most important to maybe the most obscure, but still stories that have a good texture to them, or maybe have a nice twist. As I’ve told people before, a lot of things Pirates fans forgot they knew, or maybe forgot they remembered.”</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:43:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30606 at http://wesa.fm 100 Things About the Pirates Every Fan Should Know Pittsburgh Conference Aims to Help Dads Reach Their Full Potential http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-conference-aims-help-dads-reach-their-full-potential <p>More than one-third of all U.S. children grow up without their fathers, according to the U.S. Department of Census.</p><p>That’s a statistic that <a href="http://www.uifpgh.org/">Urban Impact</a>, a faith-based community organization in Pittsburgh, wants to change.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:42:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 30049 at http://wesa.fm Former Pirate Dick Groat Revisits 1960 World Series Win http://wesa.fm/post/former-pirate-dick-groat-revisits-1960-world-series-win <p>As the 1960 World Series exhibit continues at the Heinz History Center, we spoke with former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, who was the National League's Most Valuable Player during that memorable season.</p><p>Much of his memorabilia, including his jersey worn that season, is included in the exhibit. At one point in his career, Groat played in both the NBA and the Major Leagues and was an All-American basketball player at Duke University. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:50:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28135 at http://wesa.fm Former Pirate Dick Groat Revisits 1960 World Series Win Is Video Replay in Major League Baseball Worth the Wait? http://wesa.fm/post/video-replay-major-league-baseball-worth-wait <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A challenge flag is thrown, the Major League Baseball officials talk to the coach who throws it, and one official goes to a screen and reviews the play. The official comes back and rules the runner out at first base. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That</span><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/03/31/first-regular-season-instant-replay-challenge-cubs-pirates--jeff-samardzija/7121825/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;scene</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;can and did happen at the Pirates' opening day Major League Baseball game,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">thanks to new rule changes that have increased the use of video replay in umpiring.</span></p><p>Are all of these replays really necessary or is it not worth the price of slowing down the game? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak&nbsp;has covered the Pirates for many years and shared his opinion on the hot topic.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27539 at http://wesa.fm Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season http://wesa.fm/post/watch-opening-day-pirates-fans-share-expectations-season <p>Following their first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day Monday.</p><p>Fans flooded the North Shore for the game, with some stopping to share some thoughts on what they expect from their team this season.</p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/90588464?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:21:43 +0000 Ryan Loew 26793 at http://wesa.fm Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-baseball-looking-winning-seasons-past-and-hopes-present <p><strong>The 1960 World Series Champions Commemorated at the Heinz History </strong><strong>Center</strong></p><p>The 2014 baseball season opens Monday. Coming off their first winning season in years, hopes are high for the Pirates.</p><p>An exhibit of one of the greatest moments in the team’s history just opened at the Senator John Heinz History Center.</p><p>On display are artifacts from Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning home run, which led to the defeat of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:05:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26644 at http://wesa.fm Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present New Book About The Life of a Pirates Fan Touches on the Ups and Downs http://wesa.fm/post/new-book-about-life-pirates-fan-touches-ups-and-downs <p></p><p>2013 marked the first time in two decades, the Pirates finally had a winning baseball season.</p><p>What does it mean to the psyche of a city to end the longest consecutive season losing streak in the history of the four major professional sports leagues?</p><p>Writer <a href="http://www.bucsdugout.com/">Charlie Wilmoth</a> attempts to answer that question in his newly published book <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420625"><em>Dry Land, Winning After 20 Years At Sea With The Pittsburgh Pirates</em></a>.</p><p>Wilmoth grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia and says he has always felt a special connection to Pittsburgh. He has been writing about the Pirates for the past 10 years and explained what it was like to be a Buccos fan during the losing streak. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:53:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26759 at http://wesa.fm New Book About The Life of a Pirates Fan Touches on the Ups and Downs Best Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/best-pittsburgh-sports-moments-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the Pirates' first winning season in two decades to the decline of the Steelers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob </span>Dvorchak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looks at the top sports stories in the region for 2013. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Included on the list, the possibility of three state high school football championships for area teams and the first ever Frozen Four College Hockey Tournament in Pittsburgh.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:40:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21461 at http://wesa.fm Best Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2013 Buccos and Game 5 - The Legacy of Buctober http://wesa.fm/post/buccos-and-game-5-legacy-buctober <p>Carmen Gentile, a seasoned war reporter for USA Today, usually finds himself spending summers in Afghanistan and reporting from embattled parts of the Middle East. But the Pittsburgh native now finds himself on the front lines of another national sensation: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/19/pittsburgh-pirates-baseball-playoffs/2832199/">The Pirates Post-Season</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;I have gotten more reaction to this story, positive and negative, than any other piece I have written on Afghanistan,&rdquo; says Gentile. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:32:16 +0000 Katie Martin 17881 at http://wesa.fm Buccos and Game 5 - The Legacy of Buctober Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-baseball-town-again <p>From the days of the first World Series game, played here in 1903, Pittsburgh was considered a baseball town. That is, until the Steel Curtain and the Super Steelers seemed to take over in the 1970s.</p><p>But <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/">Bob Dvorchak</a>, sportswriter emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and creator of the website <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/">Sports ‘n ‘at</a>, has a different view of Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh is an event town.” Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:11:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17758 at http://wesa.fm Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? Pirates Move on to NLDS After Beating Reds 6-2 http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-move-nlds-after-beating-reds-6-2 <p>Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down.<br /><br />&quot;Feels good,&quot; McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. &quot;I could get used to this.&quot;<br /><br />So could the city he plays in.<br /><br />After an absence of two decades, playoff baseball is back in Pittsburgh. And it&#39;s not going anywhere for a while.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:05:33 +0000 Will Graves | The Associated Press 17507 at http://wesa.fm Pirates Post-Season Travel http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-post-season-travel <p>After more than two decades, the Pirates will finally play in the post-season.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her favorite hangouts in potential Pirates playoff cities. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:23:25 +0000 Katie Blackley 17202 at http://wesa.fm Pirates Post-Season Travel When the Pirates Win, So Do Local Businesses http://wesa.fm/post/when-pirates-win-so-do-local-businesses <p>Walk around town these days and you’re just about as likely to see someone sporting a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt as you are someone in Steelers garb.</p><p>Much of the Bucos team gear has been purchased this season as the Pirates won more games than they lost for the first time in 21 years and won back the hearts of fans that can’t remember the last time they had a reason to cheer on the home team in September.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:37:56 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16880 at http://wesa.fm When the Pirates Win, So Do Local Businesses The Business of Major League Baseball http://wesa.fm/post/business-major-league-baseball <p>Pittsburgh Pirates fans are rejoicing after last night’s win against the Texas Rangers. The rare inter-league game insured the Bucco’s first winning season in <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2013/09/04/whats-changed-in-pittsburgh-business.html?ana=e_du_pub&amp;s=article_du&amp;ed=2013-09-04">20 years</a>.</p><p>This resurgence of Pittsburgh baseball has not only bolstered the morale of the Steel City, but proved to be monetarily successful. The Pirates have produced larger revenue this year than any other since <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-it-costs-to-get-into-mlb-playoff-games-2010-9?op=1#ixzz2e2uFAm54%20http://www.forbes.com/mlb-valuations/">tracking </a>began in 1998. Business contributor Rebecca Harris speaks with <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/home">MLB.com</a> reporter Jonathan Mayo and Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino about the business of baseball. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:43:32 +0000 Katie Blackey 16292 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Major League Baseball Pirates' 1-0 Win at Texas Clinches Winning Season http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-1-0-win-texas-clinches-winning-season <p>Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.<br><br>With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.<br><br>"It's going to touch a lot of people on a lot of different levels. We are aware of it," Hurdle said. "Everybody's here for a reason, and that's to knock down things we haven't done in a long time."<br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:29:56 +0000 The Associated Press 16260 at http://wesa.fm Sports N'at with Bob Dvorchack http://wesa.fm/post/sports-nat-bob-dvorchack <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-29837423-0433-e796-9368-4175a8839fd9" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sports contributor, <a href="http://bcove.me/g3elj4yl">Bob Dvorchak</a> jokes that Pittsburgh Pirate fans seem to have no idea how to live in a world where the Bucs are a winning ball club. &nbsp;For the first time in 20 years the Pirates do not have a losing record. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Dvorchak also comments on the NFL's $756 million settlement with former players who suffered head trauma on the field. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">While the money an immediate help to the former players, Dvorchak says, “It [the settlement] doesn’t make everyone whole. It's a payment to get it off the books.”&nbsp; </span> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:48:40 +0000 Nick Frost 16224 at http://wesa.fm Sports N'at with Bob Dvorchack What Makes a Good Sports Song Stick? http://wesa.fm/post/what-makes-good-sports-song-stick <p>The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a record winning season, and the Bucs euphoria can be felt and heard all over town.&nbsp;</p><p>Songs like "Beat 'em Bucs" are gaining new popularity on drive-time radio and YouTube.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BN6xhSMNb8E" frameborder="0" height="323" width="575"></iframe></p><p>Batter <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/fan_forum/ballpark_music.jsp?c_id=pit">walk up songs</a> such as&nbsp; "Apache" from the Sugarhill Gang, can be purchased on iTunes for Garrett Jones fans.</p><p>When a Pittsburgh team starts doing well, we can’t help but sing. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:08 +0000 Heather McClain 15488 at http://wesa.fm What Makes a Good Sports Song Stick? Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show http://wesa.fm/post/station-square-honors-pittsburgh-sports-history-fountain-show <p>Water and oil might not mix — but what about water, music, colored lights and sports?</p><p>Station Square unveiled a new water fountain show Thursday that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.</p><p>The nearly 11-minute show features hundreds of multi-colored jets choreographed to spray water 40 feet into the air.</p><p>With water dancing to the beat of songs like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osborne and Queen’s “We are the Champions,” the performance incorporates sound clips of historic sports moments from the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates throughout the years.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:58:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14938 at http://wesa.fm Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show 'Pops' Stargell Biography Highlights His Love for the City of Champions http://wesa.fm/post/pops-stargell-biography-highlights-his-love-city-champions <p>National League and World Series MVP, <a href="http://baseballhall.org/hof/stargell-willie">Baseball Hall of Fame member</a> and Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leader are only a few of the many titles held by the great Willie “Pops” Stargell.&nbsp;</p><p>As a leader and advocate both on and off the field, Stargell remains one of the most beloved sports figures in Pittsburgh. His legendary status and continued admiration from baseball fans, prompted Pittsburgh native <a href="http://news.wsiu.org/post/pops-willie-stargell-story">Richard “Pete” Peterson</a> to author the player’s biography,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pops-richard-pete-peterson/1113730285?ean=9781600788000"><em>Pops: The Willie Stargell Story</em></a>.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:01:34 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13941 at http://wesa.fm 'Pops' Stargell Biography Highlights His Love for the City of Champions Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80 http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-baseballs-all-star-game-turns-80 <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Tomorrow night at&nbsp;Citi&nbsp;Field in New York, the American League will play the National League in the&nbsp;80<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual All Star Game. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com"><strong>Bob&nbsp;Dvorchak&nbsp;</strong></a>explains the origins of the game in Chicago, Pittsburgh’s experience hosting the All Stars and the modern character of the game.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:23:50 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13152 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80