One Year Ago Today: Dave Kerwin

Victories like the last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers are always enjoyable.  What fan base doesn’t want to see their team win two games in a row, scoring 26 runs in the process?  That’s especially the case when you consider how the Brewers have dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last few years, including some games this year that have been the reverse of tonight’s 15-3 Pirates victory.

Of course, one year ago today, the Pirates were in the same situation.  They had been dominated by the Brewers for quite some time leading in to their game on July 20th.  An 8-5 win that night was refreshing, but that wasn’t the story.  The story came from Jeff Karstens getting hit by a pitch, which sparked the altercation between Pirates’ pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and Milwaukee catcher Jason Kendall.  Kendall referred to Kerrigan in the post-game interview as “Dave Kerwin”, which was probably meant to be an insult.  Instead, Pirates fans adopted the nickname and ran with it.

The next day, which was one year ago from today, the Dave Kerwin craze caught on.  There was a “Dave Kerwin” that showed up on Twitter, and this site had a record day at the time, thanks to the Dave Kerwin gear that was sold.  The gear was supposed to be a joke, although that didn’t stop about 40 or 50 of you from purchasing shirts celebrating the rare victory over the Brewers.  It also didn’t stop Brewers fans from throwing a fit over Pirates fans celebrating the victory, and the altercation.

The Dave Kerwin situation was great, and provided some good laughs, but I’d trade that in an instant for a win like we saw tonight.  The win on Dave Kerwin night felt like an “Any Given Sunday” type win, with Pirates fans feeling hopeless about the future after the whole ordeal.  The wins the past two nights, fueled by the Pirates’ young offense, gives a feeling of hope for the future.  The young offense, led by Pedro Alvarez, is starting to come together, which means we may see more victories like this over the Brewers in the future.  Who knows, maybe one day the Pirates will be giving the Milwaukee pitching coach a nickname following a rare Milwaukee win.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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