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 Post subject: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:01 pm 
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It's broken into 5 clips. That's just how I found it...

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Cool DVD. Remember that season well.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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I recall that the turnaround actually came in the last quarter of 1987, when the Pirates went 27-11. They put Bonilla at 3rd base ahead of Jim Morrison (not the guy from the Doors, people), and Drabek and Walk began pitching really well. Before the interweb, I attended a Pirates-Dodgers game at Dodgers Stadium where Doug Drabek began his great work as a Pirate. He came into the game with a 2-10 record, and pitched a dominant game. He went 9-2 over the rest of the season.

They also acquired Jim Gott and Jeff Robinson in trade, and those two upgraded the bullpen big-time.

That is from memory, by the way. Feel free to check my facts.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Bucfan wrote:
I recall that the turnaround actually came in the last quarter of 1987, when the Pirates went 27-11. They put Bonilla at 3rd base ahead of Jim Morrison (not the guy from the Doors, people)...


Sounds like 'Strange Days' indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Bucfan wrote:
I recall that the turnaround actually came in the last quarter of 1987, when the Pirates went 27-11. They put Bonilla at 3rd base ahead of Jim Morrison (not the guy from the Doors, people)...


Sounds like 'Strange Days' indeed.


LOL!

It was "Strange Days" indeed, but it really helped the Bucs "Break on Through"!

And you know, "People are Strange" and some still wanted Morrison at 3b. Despite some "Roadhouse Blues", the Bucs were just better with Bonilla over Morrison. With Morrison, it just seemed like they were "Waiting for the Sun" and it never came. Bonilla got in there, and said "Light My Fire", and when "The Music's Over", they were a better team.

Bonds was a bit of a "Wild Child". Drabek would just take the ball and tell the hitters "Come on, come on come on, now TOUCH ME". Mike Dunne became a "Backdoor Man."

In the end, it was Jim Gott who would "Tell All The People" that the Bucs had "Been Down So Long" but now they are indeed going to "Take It As It Comes", and enjoy the "Indian Summer."

When the season finally ended, the fans were behind the team. The last game was a "Blue Sunday". The Bucs won "Five to One". The fans yelled "Hello I Love You" Players yelled "Love Me Two Times".

Okay, I promise "This is the End."

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Animal wrote:
Mike Dunne became a "Backdoor Man."

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Bucfan wrote:
Animal wrote:
Mike Dunne became a "Backdoor Man."

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Back end of the rotation, of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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I remember Jim Morrison. Every time he came up to bat, the organ player would play light my fire. The 1987 bucs finished 80-82.

I remember Jim gott wAs great in 88.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Animal wrote:
Okay, I promise "This is the End."


It's too bad Francisco Cabrera rode to town in his 'Spanish Caravan' and Barry Bonds threw like an 'L.A. Woman'.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Actually bonds may have had him. Van Slyke told bonds to play shallow, but he didn't.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Very cool, very nice. So, is Bonds now Cutch - is Bonilla now Alvarez? Hurdle now Leyland - except without the tears? Who is our Drabek? Locke? I think this is where we are.....moving into a few years of contending. Finally. Even with the loss today to the Phils. :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Clevelandsux wrote:
Actually bonds may have had him. Van Slyke told bonds to play shallow, but he didn't.

I don't believe anything that Andy Van Slyke says unless I witnessed it myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Van Slyke is one of my fav.all time pirates. Nonetheless bonds looked like he got bream. Close call, but it watch it again.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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After the team breaks the streak, the Pirates should have a dunking booth setup with Bream (or if he's unwilling a stand in) in it and let Bonds (or if he's unwilling a stand in) sink him with the target looking like a catchers mitt.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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nad69dan wrote:
After the team breaks the streak, the Pirates should have a dunking booth setup with Bream (or if he's unwilling a stand in) in it and let Bonds (or if he's unwilling a stand in) sink him with the target looking like a catchers mitt.


I'd rather the Bucs schedule a pre-game ceremony for all the busts and washouts they signed over 20 years: Operation Shutdown, Raul Mondesi, Jeromy Burnitz, Pat Meares...

Most of those guys could probably use the money.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Derek bell takes the cake. I say have them pay all the money back the pirates wasted on them.


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Lastings milledge lol


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Love me some Operation Shutdown!


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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Clevelandsux wrote:
Van Slyke is one of my fav.all time pirates. Nonetheless bonds looked like he got bream. Close call, but it watch it again.

Loved Van Slyke as a player. Loved him as a storyteller as well. Now that he's retired, all he has left is storytelling, and the fact that it took about 15 years before this story came out makes me figure that the chance of this story being anything more than an opportunity to take one last shot at Bonds is a very slim chance indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Clevelandsux wrote:
Derek bell takes the cake. I say have them pay all the money back the pirates wasted on them.

In Bell's case, if you want justice the guy who should pay back the money is the jackass who offered the washed up piece of crap a contract in the first place. When they first signed Bell I very nearly gave up on being a Pirates fan.

The Bell signing did, however, help to inoculate me, perhaps saving my life then the Matt Morris deal went down.

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