Sid Bream is rejoining the Pirates, 15 years after his desperate gallop eliminated the team from the 1992 playoffs and effectively destroyed the franchise for a decade and a half. Bream was named the hitting instructor for the Class-A State College Spikes today. Many Pirate fans hold a grudge against Bream for that crushing sequence on October 14, 1992. I am not one of them. Maybe it was the walk-off home run he hit in 1988, the first vivid memory I have of seeing the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. I am not sure why, but I cannot bring myself to hate this man. Of course, I have enthusiastically burned a Francisco Cabrera baseball card in my lifetime.
This news gave me the urge to re-watch that terrible game. That in turn reminded me of something a friend once said when he found me doing just that. “You have to stop doing this to yourself.”
Kind of sums up being a Pirate fan, huh? Oh well. I will probably spend two hours tomorrow watching a devastating game from 1992. Just as I will likely sit alone at PNC Park in September watching a meaningless Pirate game.
Welcome back, Sid. May you break the curse that you created.