Hitting the stretch, Rod and I
Ever get the feeling you’re stuck in a “Twilight Zone” episode? So help me Rod Serling, I’ve had that sensation for nearly two years now, since returning to Pittsburgh to cover the Pirates for MLB.com.
Flashback: As a kid rooting for the Bucs, I would often base my faith in divine powers on getting answers to prayers such as, “If there’s a God, please let Virdon hit one out here.” Bear in mind, just the messed up ramblings of a very juvenile mind. Did it work? Well, I still consider myself pretty devout. Anyway, I got the impression the Pirates couldn’t win if I wasn’t looking over them.
Again, the perceptions of a juvenile mind. Except, stuff like that tends to stick with you, and starts messing with your adult mind (this is where the Twilight Zone comes in).
Like everyone else, reporters get occasional time off. Unlike most people, ours isn’t a Monday-to-Friday world, so the off days come in chunks of series.
In my two years of covering the Bucs, I’ve seen them go 123-91. When I have not been on the scene, they have gone 26-39.
I got into the irrational dichotomy last season, the Pirates’ 20th straight with a losing record. Not as far as I was concerned: I saw a 65-61 club (which made them 14-22 without my presence).
So it became somewhat of a running gag.
But it isn’t funny any more. The numbers this season are 12-17 … and 58-30.
The only four series I’ve missed the last six weeks are the only ones they have lost. Two sweeps since the first week of the season — in Atlanta in June and this past weekend in Colorado. Yep, wasn’t at either one.
I’m on my way to St. Louis. Don’t plan on missing any more games. Ridiculous? Call the loony bin? Felony supersition?
All of the above. But Rod and I are going all the way on this one.