The boom of fireworks put the exclamation point on the Pirates' Game 3 home victory. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pirates' playoff run seems to be all Pittsburghers are talking about. And when they talk with someone who has been down to PNC Park for either of the first two postseason games, the first question is usually the same:
Is it really as loud as everyone is saying it is?
Ask the national writers who have attended multiple World Series, they'll tell you it was louder than any baseball game they have covered before. Ask Neal Huntington, he'll tell you the atmosphere at the Wild Card was unlike any he had experienced. Ask the vendors in the stands, they'll tell you there were times you could not hear the PA announcements and walk-up music over the fans' yelling.
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.