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Field of Dreams speech, Pirates style!
October 1, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
Anyone who has worked with me for any length of time knows there is a speech by James Earl Jones in “Field of Dreams” that sets the goosebumps to rising and brings tears to my eyes as I think about sitting in Three Rivers Stadium with my dad.
The past 20 years have not been easy ones for Pirates fans, but through it all, the fans, the real, from birth black-and-gold ones, have stuck it through and are absolutely amazed and ready for what will happen tonight, hopefully in the W column. I'm so stoked that my cell phone has been playing "We Are Family" and the theme from "The Natural" and the Root Sports Pirates theme in place of ringtones and alerts all day. Long and loud, let anyone around me be annoyed, too bad.
Bob Nutting, whose family owns this newspaper, has taken his share of abuse from fans over the years, but now, it all makes sense. The pieces have come together. And so, I present an altered version of that haunting, uplifting speech about baseball.
Think of it as a thank you for 20 years of paychecks. Or that incredibly adjustable office chair you guys finally got for my butt the other day.
“Bob, people will come, Bob. They will come to the North Shore of the Allegheny River. They will cross the Clemente Bridge. They will arrive at PNC Park, innocent as children, longing for the past.
“They will pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they will walk out to the bleachers and sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They will find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered Clemente, Stargell and Mazeroski.
“And, they will watch the game, and it will be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they will have to brush them away from their faces.
“People will come, Bob. The one constant through all the years, Bob, has been Pirates baseball. Pittsburgh has rolled by like the Steel Curtain on a blitz. It has been erased like an old steel mill, rebuilt and erased again. But the Pirates have marked the time. This game, this park, is a part of our past, Bob. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again."
Lets Go Bucs.
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