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Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage

Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage

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.

"The atmosphere, the energy has been outstanding," said Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. "And that's what you dream of."

The noisy block party on Federal Street turned to raucous applause throughout p...

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