If there's such a thing as a big series for a team nine games under .500, this is it for the Pirates.
The Cubs are in town and the Pirates (38-47) are stirring some momentum, at least for them. They've managed to win seven of 10 and three straight, over the National League Central-leading Brewers no less. They've also created some off-the-field news with word that Kevin McClatchy is stepping down as team CEO, effective at season's end.
While the team has come under intense criticism most of the season for its underachieving performance and at times lackadaisical play, a sweep of the Cubs would fuel some enthusiasm for the second half of 2007.
Certainly, this season has been a disappointment to many who felt the Pirates could break their 14-year losing streak of sub-.500 play. At the same time, they were 30 games under .500 at the All-Star break last year so some progress, however painfully incremental, is being made.
Especially if the Bucs can sweep or take two of three from Chicago this weekend.
Your perspective is so much different when you go to a baseball game with your wife.
With Blair County Ballpark filled and anxious for a fireworks show Tuesday night, the sudden reality apparently kicked in when Bowie tied the game at 3-3 in the ninth inning.
That brought this gem from Dianne Rudel: "Can they just do the fireworks and finish the game later?"