Monday, June 05, 2006

The Latent Ed Ott Fan Club

It has been an awfully long time since I have been to a Pirates game where they won, but I was there Saturday when 30K or so waited though a long rain delay to watch them beat the Padres. (when was the last time they beat a team with a winning record?) What is more interesting is that my friend, Gary, was wearing his one-off Ed Ott jersey. It was impossible to find an Ed Ott jersey for sale, so he had one made a few years ago. It was amazing how many people came up to him to say they remembered Ed Ott, who was a Pirates catcher from 1974 t0 1980, and what a cool the jersey it was. A few wanted to know where to get one. Ed Ott had one of his best years in 1979, and had some clutch hits during the '79 World Series... clearly people remember. So if Ed is out there, he should know he still has fans in the Burgh.