Happy (or unhappy) October 14 day. Today is the 17th anniversary of game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, Barry Bonds game in a Pirate uniform and the last time the Bucs were in the post season.
Bob Smizik summed up October 14 in a recent blog post “The inning that will live in infamy”
Take some time and read the whole summary of the game but here is an excerpt.
The Pirates were one out from the World Series.
Francisco Cabrera batted for Jeff Reardon and the rest, as they say, is history. Barry Bonds fielded Cabrera’s softly hit ball in short left-center with remarkable efficiency and got the throw off very quickly. Unfortunately, Bonds did not have a strong arm and since he was throwing against his body could get his full strength behind the throw. It was slightly off target, just enough for Bream to slide in safely and give Atlanta a 3-2 win and the Pirates 17 consecutive losing seasons.
So beware the eve of the Ides of October!