(NEW YORK – To a generation of Pittsburgh fans, September has always been about school, football and the irrelevance of the Pirates. But with the franchise’s 20-season losing streak ending last night, senior writer Lee Jenkins says in this week’s Sports Illustrated, on newsstands now, that a reawakened baseball town is asking: Are yinz ready for October?
Pirates’ All-Star centerfielder and MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen is featured on a regional cover of this week’s SI. Hi first SI cover appearance marks the second time this season the Pirates have been featured on the cover.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, who grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, is part of what locals call the Lost Generation – anyone born in Pittsburgh after 1984.
“It was the Steelers, the Penguins, Pitt, Penn State—and then the Pirates,” he says. “Going to the ballpark was never an activity for a group of friends. It was lost.”
Jenkins takes the pulse of the rejuvenated Pirate fan base, including former foe Sid Bream, who scored the winning run for the Braves against the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS.
“I want more than anyone for them to break the Bream Curse,” says Bream, who lives outside the city.
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