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The Twi-Nighter: This Pirates fan gives me hope for America

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Before things close up here for the night, I just wanted to recognize what a great young man this little guy to our right happens to be.

It's Opening Day, he's in Pittsburgh and not only is he wearing a Pirates hat, he's also wearing a Pirates shirt. It pretty much makes me want to have the good kind of cry.

Now, I suppose it's possible that he could have been conned by his parents into going to the game by the promise of more Xbox time, but that doesn't seem the case. He looks happy to be there and ready to root for the Buccos.

Maybe he understand the harsh inequities of baseball in the year 2008. Or maybe he doesn't.

Still, in a time in Pittsburgh when it's probably cooler to like Sid the Kid and the Penguins or to want to be just like Ben Roethlisberger, this little guy still isn't afraid to show his support for the Pirates. When kids at his school are probably switching to the Yankees or the Red Sox, he's sticking with the good old black and gold because they're the local nine.

Perhaps he doesn't know any better and thinks the Pirates actually have a chance this year.

Or perhaps he does, but understands the importance of loyalty and having a hometown team.

Either way, I think there's value in that.

In progress ...

Minnesota 3, Chi White Sox 2 (7th)

San Diego 5, San Francisco 1 (6th)

In the books ...

Chi Cubs 10, Pittsburgh 8 (12 innings) — At least our hero got to see the Pirates erase a 7-0 deficit and force extra innings.

Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3 — Lidge gets his first save of the season.

Orioles 5, Mariners 4 — That's five in a row for Baltimore.

Tonight's starters (All times EST)

National League

St. Louis (T. Wellemeyer) at Houston (W. Rodriguez) — 7:05

Florida (A. Miller) at Washington (T. Redding) — 7:10

Atlanta (T. Glavine) at Colorado (A. Cook) — 8:35

Los Angeles (E. Loaiza) at Arizona (D. Haren) — 9:40

American League

Tampa Bay (J. Hammel) at New York (M. Mussina) — 7:05

Cleveland (F. Carmona) at Los Angeles (J. Saunders) — 10:05

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