The Altoona Curve are really making things interesting for the Eastern League playoffs. Montana DuRapau lost a 3-2 lead last night in the ninth, then gave up a walk-off grand slam to end the game. If Altoona won, they guaranteed themselves a playoff spot. With the loss, they are down to two days left in the season and nothing is guaranteed.
I planned on doing a playoff preview tonight, talking about the key players who would see action in the playoffs, getting some extra playing time after the minor league season ended. I could still do that for Bradenton if I wanted to, but I'll hold off on it until we see if Altoona joins them. A week ago, it seemed like the weekend wouldn't matter. Now, the Curve could miss the playoffs if everything went wrong.
The first wrong part would have to ...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.