Charlie Sheen may just be the Nostradamus of his generation. And although I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about the Pirates, he was shown at a recent Rockies/Pirates game in Denver, just before the Buccos went on a run that has them on the winning side of .500 for the first time since 2002! Perhaps best of all, the team hasn’t even started hitting yet. McCutchen, Tabata, Alvarez, Cedeno, and Overbay continue to be mired around the .220 level. That’s more than half of the every day lineup! Imagine what could happen if they heat up.
The heroes have been Neil Walker (an All-Star year?) and Ryan Doumit (trade bait no longer?). This has been a huge week for Doumit, who, in a part-time role, has hit both a grand slam and a 3-run dinger. These two have been carrying a pitching staff that has been the surprise of the National League. Plus, May seems to be bringing more beatable opponents, including the Nationals, Cubs, Brewers, Tigers, and Mets. That’s right, I said the Brewers. It’s high time to reverse the curse this raggedy bunch has enjoyed over the Pirates.
There is sad news to report this morning, however. Legendary ballpark vendor Kenny Geidel passed away today. Many know him as the hard-working “Lemonaaaadeeeeere!”-guy. Kenny also sold cotton candy for the Penguins and was known as the “Coke here!”-guy at old Three Rivers Stadium. His iconic presence will be missed. At least he lived long enough to see the Pirates become winners!