Heard on the Field

By | July 5, 2011

Wall Street Journal Online

The Summer of ’97 Was a Magical One

Pittsburgh fans upset that Andrew McCutchen (above) wasn’t selected to baseball’s All-Star Game still have something to cheer about. The last time the Pirates were in post-season contention in July was 1997. The first Harry Potter book had just been released in the U.K., Hanson’s “MMMBop” was topping the charts and rookie slugger Jose Guillen and the Pirates led the National League Central with a 43-43 record heading into the All-Star break. As of Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh is three games over .500 and only 1.5 games behind St. Louis.
—Amara Grautski