Early Jays-Bucs action
The wind at McKechnie Field was blowing briskly from right to left. In the Jays' first inning, Eckstein fought hard when the count was two strikes and bounced a single to centre. He was eraced on a double play from Wells. In the bottom of the first the wind came into play. McLouth sky-ed one to second, that drifted, drifted drifted until Eckstein had to finalyy make the play falling to his knees and hitting his face on Hill's thigh. He and Aaron looked like two drunken smurfs emerging from a darkened bar after an all nighter looking up into the dizzying morning sun. With two out, A.J. walked a couple of guys in a row and then induced a grounder to Hill to end it. He threw 29 pitches.
The longtime Pirates mascot, the Pittsburgh Parrot went though his mostly humourless routines on the field as BP ended. But it was St. Patrick's Day and he was green and on this day that's what counts. I remember back in the day the original Parrot used to be skinny and sinister looking with a hooked beak that made him look like he wanted to peck your eyes out. Then he got caught up in the drug scandals of the early '80s. The Parrot was apparently dealing cocaine. "Polly want a toot!" In any case, now the Parrot is fat and jolly looking. It's called evoultion through incarceration.