The year that Upper St. Clair resident Dan Shea was born, the Pittsburgh Pirates went to the playoffs.
As those who follow the team know painfully well, the team hasn’t had a winning season since. But that hasn’t deterred Dan from catching, as they say, Bucco Fever.
“I’ve been following the Pirates all year long, and I’m really excited about them right now,” said the John Carroll University junior following a recent round at USC’s three-hole golf course.
He’s not alone in among folks his age and younger, despite the 19-year drought.
"Let's go Bucs," 13-year-old Ryan Brown of Sewickley said, rooting on the home team Saturday during a book signing with former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass at Penguin Bookshop. Ryan was one of many young Pirates fans who waited to meet Blass.
With Pittsburgh in first place with one of the best records in Major League Baseball in advance of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, we talked to members of the so-called “lost generation” of Pirates fans about how they think the rest of the 2012 season will play out.
And although they’ve never seen anything remotely resembling championship-caliber baseball when it comes to the home team, they seem to be optimistic.
Hear what they have to say by clicking on the video.