Top Five Moments From Archer's Debut Game (30 Minutes Before I Go To Work)
I'm currently off to work for the corporate man, but I wanted to take these brief thirty ticks to comment on Chris Archer's debut last night, and what's a better, not-contrived way to disspell my thoughts than a top five list? I can't think of any!
5. Fans Do Exist In Pittsburgh: There was actually a crowd last evening and it was pretty safe to say that it wasn’t totally because of “Free Shirt Friday” or “Dollar Dog Night.” Archer stepping on the mound for the first time definitely had something to do with the healthy 26,773 turnout.
4. "All Together Now": Every position player in the line-up contributed inside the batter’s box. Jordy Mercer, who misread a ground ball and didn’t manage to put the pill in play even got a walk. When you have fluidity trickling through the entire batting order, you know a team’s ready ball and shot call.
3. Leading (Off) By Example: Adam Frazier was cookin’ with scrambled eggs (dated Kelsey Grammer reference). Three hits and that stellar 8th inning dribbler up the middle to send in Harrison was what leads us into #2.
2. That "W" Is Always Nice: Raising the Jolly Roger on such a night is going to give August 3rd a gold star on the calendar as a keystone game (intentional plug) if the Pirates can indeed break that playoff horizon.
1. "The New Kid In Town": I’m not one to heavily back the impact that fans have on sporting events, but these Pittsburgh Pirates come with special circumstances and caveats. Fans (and the clubhouse) were done dirty at the beginning of the year. Last night was one milestone debut not just for Archer, who before last night, never stepped foot outside of the AL, but it signified to the fans that management are at least attempting to right this wayward ship that many were willing to throw themselves overboard on. So when the Pirates new star player was in a jam with the bases loaded against a franchise face like Yadier Molina, the moment and Archer’s welcome into the Bucco fold was bolstered. Archer throughout the rest of this season (and his career for that matter) will not forget that moment. He, along with the rest of his new clubhouse will keep that in their back pockets to grease up the cannons and hone in on that final destination to know that the fans of Pittsburgh have their back.