Freelance writer NICK
from the University
of Pittsburgh and has
worked as an editor
for such publishing
groups as Texas’
Houston Press and
Connecticut’s New Mass. Media, Inc. Keppler
pens our semi-regular Ho w’s Work? column
(Pittsburghers of the
Year, page 48) has
reported from more
than 20 countries.
While living in
Beijing as the son of
expatriate professors, he listened via Armed
Forces Radio to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1979
World Series victory and donned his Pirates
T-shirt to tour the Great Wall of China.
Avid Twitter user
and sports blogger
“The Hockey Guys”
Radio Show. For this month’s issue, he chatted
with young Pens defenseman Olli Maatta
about his quick ascension to the NHL; the
piece starts on page 29.
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Raise It! The ;eet out;elder with the pop in his bat shows the stu; of MVPs to come. ;e slugging third baseman starts to ;nd his role on this surging team. Young arms abound, and a savvy manager guides them all through a season that captures a city’s soul. Sound familiar? ;e year is . . . 1988, the last year Pittsburgh Magazine named the
Pirates as Pittsburghers of the Year. Looks like we’re pretty good at that crystal-ball stu;: As we
headed into 1989, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, de; pitchers and wily Jim Leyland were on the brink
of a three-year run of dominance in the National League. “;ree years ago, they were given up for
dead, but in 1988 the Pittsburgh Pirates are the city’s biggest success story,” we wrote in our January
1989 cover feature.
A quarter-century later, the Pirates once again have captured the pulse of our populace, and
Pittsburgh Magazine couldn’t be more thrilled to honor them once again as 2013’s Pittsburghers of the
Year. A;er 21 seasons of losing records and sinking black-and-gold hearts, the Bucs electri;ed and
inspired us with their ;rst winning year and their ;rst playo; appearance since 1992.
Wow, did Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, manager Clint Hurdle and so many others make
PNC Park, our city and a Buc Nation throb again. ;at Wild Card game probably still is ringing in
some ears. Cuetooooooo, Cuetoooooo . . . No doubt each of you has other memories imprinted on
your heart — for me, it’s the joy in the faces of my son cheering with his father as Gerrit Cole, in his
second start, pitched the Pirates to a win over the Dodgers on Father’s Day.
Beginning on page 48, veteran journalist Ted Anthony weaves the tales of the Pirates and the
people, the personalities and panache of an extraordinary season that will resonate far longer than
April to October. We thank the Pirates organization and team photographer Dave Arrigo for their
assistance with our package. As we head into 2014, we’re betting we’re right again, and there are even
better years to come.
Cindi Lash, Editor
FROM THE EDITOR
The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.