It's my first Sunday back in the Pittsburgh area since graduating from Shippensburg. Thought I would catch up on the blog while moving back in.
Four Good Soccer Hours
Like most of the soccer in this country, you had to be up early this morning to watch it. Manchester City, Manchester United, most people who really love soccer in America like these teams. While there is support for them, but what about taking that excitement and putting it toward making soccer a more interesting game here in this country? The MLS has a limited following while many look toward Europe for their soccer. Is the quality of play better? Yes. Of course the LA Galaxy signed David Beckham after his prime, trying to spike some excitement, but that was short lived. Like many Americans, we'll see you in 2014 for the World Cup.
YES, PIRATES BASEBALL
It's been an interesting home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates. When Barajas gets the walk-off against the Nationals, you're asking for a less than normal week.
The Pirates pitching has been answering the call, the hitting is still going directly to voice mail. McDonald pitched an amazing game Friday night against the Astros. A 1-0 loss in which the Pirates saw a bases loaded, no out sixth inning go away as the top of the order went down one, two, three. A.J. Burnett pitched well after his disaster in St. Louis a week earlier. Many chalked it up as a loss in the eighth. The Pirates tying it up in the ninth had many changing their attitudes. A pitching change in the bottom of the 12th lead to a double by Barmes set up Harrison to bring him home on a walk-off RBI single. So not a bad home stand for Pittsburgh. 4-2 and taking two of three from both the Nationals and Astros works for any fan.
So, time to kick back and watch the Kings and Coyotes, two teams most forget about in hockey and never had in their Western Conference Final picks.