I want to do a roundup of some of my favorite reactions to 82, but I want to start somewhere else first.
A really cool thing happened last night when I tweeted out the link to my "82 wins" posts; everyone that was still awake started sharing their first Pirate memories with me. I retweeted a bunch of them, but I wanted to share them with everyone that might not follow the Twitter feed. Pirate fans wouldn't trade being a Pirate fan for anything, despite all the crap we've had to wade through in the last 20 years. It's amazing. Thanks to everyone that did this last night, and I'm sorry if you sent me one and I somehow missed it.
Now, to the links! I'm not sure I can possible remember all of the ones I want to put in here, but I'm going to try.
Tim list 100 moments from the streak. I'll just tell you to click the link and let it stand for itself.
Dom Cosentino at Deadspin, who's been a great friend to WHYGAVS since he started writing for Deadspin, recounted "every shitty thing that happened to the Pirates" from the streak.
Sean Gentile, who's the hockey writer for the Sporting News, has a great column about what the end of the streak means to him.
Here are Charlie's thoughts on the streak at Bucs Dugout, along with the official announcement that he's writing a book about being a Pirate fan that should be out next spring. Charlie's site started right around the same time that mine did (I think that his first blog launched in the 2004 season, the Bucs Dugout started right around the same time as WHYGAVS at the beginning of 2005) and it's just nuts to think about what things were like when we started, that it took so long to get here, and that we're both somehow still doing this in 2013.
Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, specifically for the line, "I remember all this bullshit and it sucked."
I don't know the average age of the posters here, but I'll admit to being old. Was alive when Maz won the 1960 series - but too young to recall it. Here's what I do remember:
First memory is listening to Bob Prince call the games on the radio when I was a kid. Think it was during Prince's time that Willie Stargell had a local chain of restaurants that gave away food when Stargell homered - "chicken on the Hill with Will"?
Kent Tekulve and (I think) Richie Hebner did a commercial for Town Talk bread. There was some ticket promotion they were advertising, and I can still hear Hebner saying "Not the bread, the wappers."
Skipped school (NOT typical for the quiet, follow-the-rules girl I was in high school) to attend at least two season openers at 3 Rivers. One year the game got snowed out, so we skipped the next day, too. I can't remember if I got caught, but my mom couldn't hold it over me. She and her best friend skipped school in the 1940s - so they could shout hello to then-part-Pirates owner Bing Crosby.
Probably my favorite Pirates memory was during the 79 World Series. I was in college in the midwest. I was walking to class when a teacher I didn't know ask me if I was "ready for tonight." I thought he must have confused me with another student - then I realized he was referring to the Pirates jersey I was wearing. It was Game 7, and I was SOOOO excited when we won. KDKA radio's signal came in loud and clear at night, and it was incredible being able to celebrate the win with people who were hundreds of miles away. Kind of a low-tech version of watching the games the way we do today, while we follow along with the blogs and Twitter.
1979 Burger King glasses. There was a matching set for the steelers, but even as a 4yr-old, I was too afraid of breaking the Stargell/Madlock/Parker to ever drink out of it.
My first Pirates memory?I had just flow by autogyro into Allegheny with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.We rode the trolley from Fort Pitt to the Exposition Park to see this new fad called baseball.They had a young go-getter named Honus Wagner who reminded me of Cap Anson in his heyday with the Chicago White Stockings.I asked why they were called the Pirates and they said it was because they were known for acquiring players through unscrupulous tactics.I liked the cut of their jib.
C. Montgomery Burns
It was actually seeing Pirate players on the 7-11 baseball cups in the early 70's and filling out the All Star ballot with my cousin showing me which ones were Pirates players. I just didn't want my post to seem so old.