I thought this home run was going to be a bomb based on that kid’s reaction, and I was actually going to roast him for the gross overreaction. But then I saw that it was the first pitch of the game, and yeah, I guess that’s a “holy shit” kind of moment when you’re that age, so I’ll give him a pass. You know what else is worthy of a “holy shit” kind of reaction? The Pittsburgh Pirates’ performance this season. For a team that has made it to the postseason in each of the last three years, the Pirates currently sit 14 games back of the first place Chicago Cubs and 4.5 games behind the second place St. Louis Cardinals.
The gap between the Pirates and the Cubs in the NL Central looks a lot worse than it really is, because it’s the best team in the MLB sitting atop the division. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the 34-38 Pirates have been a tremendous letdown in 2016. They’ve benefitted somewhat from playing well at home, but they’re 15-21 on the road, which has been a big factor in their disappointing season.