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 Post subject: Once Upon a Time
PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:12 pm 
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Some of you may vaguely remember me. Most of you won't; and I don't expect anyone to.

A few years ago, I set out to find a baseball team to follow from the UK. The time difference sucks, and the lack of coverage in the UK is worse. But I wanted to find a team to root for; a long distance love affair, if you will.

And so I asked the fine people of this forum "Why should I support the Pirates?"

The answer was astoundingly positive. Unexpectant of victory, but optimistic all the same. Believers, even during a double-decade of despair and disenchantment, and I instantly became an admirer of this ball club, a respect which has never dwindled since my first post. People referenced tradition, the ball club's relation with the community, and the hard-working ethics instilled in the club and the fans. All characteristics that, even if I couldn't experience them first hand, were characteristics that I wanted my team to possess.

I have followed the team as closely as I can (without losing my job due to lack of sleep the night before!) and, whilst I haven't featured much on the forum (my knowledge of players' abilities and wider MLB issues is limited by my baseball novice status) but my enthusiasm for the ballclub has never waned.

I've seen two post-All Star collapses, experienced Jerry Meals' blown call at the plate after the 19 inning marathon - which was even exciting watching the MLBtv gameday 'stickman' coverage! I've seen El Toro finally hit his stride, and seen players like Liriano and Melancon find a home with the Pirates after being criticized by other teams.

I've not experienced anywhere near what most of you guys have; I've seen a mere two losing seasons before experiencing a winning one. It's safe to say I've been lucky. I chose the team for all the right reasons, but it turned out to be a far better decision than anyone could have hoped for.

I just wanted to post and wish the Pirates the best of luck for tonight. But more importantly, I wanted to wish the members of the forum a great night watching your Buccos; whether you're at the ball park, in the bar, or in your house. I am so excited for tonight, and I'm even more excited for everyone who has endured the past 21 seasons.

After the last pitch is thrown, the last inning is over, and the last out is called - let's see that Jolly Roger waving.

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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Great post!!

Let''s Go Bucs!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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I remember you well, Ryan87. Great post.

Welcome back to the UPPMB. Like you, I am an infrequent contributor to this forum. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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Bucfan wrote:
I remember you well, Ryan87. Great post.

Welcome back to the UPPMB. Like you, I am an infrequent contributor to this forum. :D


You have to be. Otherwise all the pictures on the Internet will be used up!

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:13 pm 
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Of course I remember.

I love fans from across the Pond; Fanch and Hugo and Tiny Tim (okay, I made the last one up).

Welcome back and revel in this and future seasons.

And avenge Steve Irwin! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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Welcome back!

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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I remember your first post as well. Welcome back!

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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There's one more bucco fan in this world because of the great fans here.

Great post.


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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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You picked a great night to come back! Go Buccos!

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You are clearly one of the reasons the Bucs are winning so thank you for doing it for us.

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GO BUCS!!! JUST WIN BABY!!!! Nice post ryansd87!

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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Didn't know you previously but AWESOME post! Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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My Mom re-married a Brit from North Manchester. They're both hoisting the colours from England. Glad they're not alone.

Let's Go Bucs!


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Cheers!!!! 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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NSMaster56 wrote:
Of course I remember.

I love fans from across the Pond; Fanch and Hugo and Tiny Tim (okay, I made the last one up).

Welcome back and revel in this and future seasons.

And avenge Steve Irwin! :D


Er

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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Bertie wrote:
NSMaster56 wrote:
Of course I remember.

I love fans from across the Pond; Fanch and Hugo and Tiny Tim (okay, I made the last one up).

Welcome back and revel in this and future seasons.

And avenge Steve Irwin! :D


Er


Sorry, no disrespect intended.

There are so many of yous' guys it's hard to keep track!

(Plus the joy of the Wild Card was clearly affecting my logic. :D )

So yeah, add BelfastBuc to the list as well. Pirates United!

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 Post subject: Re: Once Upon a Time
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I don't get the Steve Irwin part....wasn't he Aussie? :? :? :? :?


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