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Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever

Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever

Fireworks explode over the Allegheny River after Marlon Byrd's 2nd-inning home run. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

In the closing seasons of the losing streak, it became true for people to say "the Pirates have not won in a generation." Years became decades, and soon young people who never knew anything but losing baseball in Pittsburgh were going off to college or starting families.

Born in 1992, I am that generation. Tuesday night's Wild Card victory was important for all Pirates fans, but it had a little more significance for us young folks. We have never seen baseball in Pittsburgh look like that -- a black-washed mass of 40,487 people waving flags and penetrating the psyches of the opposing pitchers.

"I have never seen anything like the scene at PNC Park last night," wrote John ...

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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.

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