(Note: All stats are prior to Thursday’s games.) I was going to compose a short essay on the infamous missed call from this week’s 19-inning expedition between the Braves and Pirates, but three things occurred to me: 1. It’s been covered, rehashed and beaten to death the past 24 hours. 2. Poor Jerry Meals doesn’t need anyone else piling on. 3. Pittsburgh deserved it. I should clarify: the Pirates didn’t deserve it, but rather the town of Pittsburgh had it coming. The Pirates have become an underdog thanks to their diminutive payroll and ragtag roster of castoffs, up-and-comers and nobodies. But the fans who root for the Buccos? They’ve seen their fair share of success, as the Penguins have made two trips to the Stanley Cup and the Steelers three to the Super Bowl in the past six years. This, while the Steelers compile a roster full of derelicts that would make the Mean Machine from The Longest Yard blush. Plus, the town refers to itself as, “the City of Champions.” Seems a little pompous, no? If anything, Meals’ call is long-overdue karma for Super Bowl XL, where the Seattle Seahawks felt jobbed by the zebras. Consider this mistake payback…. Read full this story
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