It’s probably even less likely than Jim Mora’s Colts making the playoffs. But it’s true.
The YinzTeam embarks on its postseason run tonight, at fabled McKinley Field. We’ve perservered through a tough season, but like George Mason in the NCAA basketball tournament a couple seasons ago, we’re ready to shock the world.
And yes, winning our playoff game tonight would be a shock. Mostly because it would be our first win of the season. And it would also be the first time we’ve played a full game this summer; we’ve been mercy ruled every single time.
That’s not to say there haven’t been bright spots. Last week, a late rally came up just short of extending the game into what would have been extra innings — at least for us. And couple of weeks ago, a solid defensive effort against the team we’re playing tonight left us just two runs shy of playing on to the sixth inning.
There also have been cross-body blocks on the metal storage container next to the field; appearances by Pittsburgh’s new media superstars; appearances by Pittsburgh’s old media superstars; the best umpire in the history of sports; and gallons and gallons of Keystone.
Besides having more fun than a group of adults should be allowed in public, we actually improved over the course of the season — especially that fat 41-year-old who looked like he had forgotten how to hit at our first practice this spring. Tonight, we put it all together … and maybe make it to the sixth inning.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: The game got rained out, and we went drinking instead. The greatest upset in the history of sports will have to wait for one more week.