Somebody bust out the Sir Mix-A-Lot, because the Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Bucs did so in dramatic fashion, with Andrew McCutchen and Justin Morneau combining to throw out Nate Schierholtz at home for the final out of Monday night’s 2-1 win over the Cubs — clinching a playoff berth in the process.
It set off a champagne and beer-soaked celebration in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field for the second straight day, as the Braves clinched the NL East at the Friendly Confines a day earlier.
The highlight of said celebration? Pirates outfielder Travis Snider singing along with Steve Perry and Journey to the ultimate power rock ballad, “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Truly nothing says a 21-year playoff drought is over like hitting the high notes.
If you’re cynical you might scoff at players celebrating over clinching a one-game playoff scenario, but in the Pirates case it’s justified. The team had been in playoff contention in each of the last two seasons, only to collapse down the stretch, so strapping on some goggles and pouring lite beer over your teammates head is all in good fun.
Meanwhile in Cincinnati, the Reds also secured a playoff spot and didn’t do much celebrating. The two teams will likely face off in the Wild Card game next week, as they both trail the Cardinals with two games in the NL Central with five games left to play.