Since today is opening day for most of Major League Baseball, I thought now would be the perfect time to share this 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates Official Magazine and Scorecard from the Pirates home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies that I attended on April 11, 1988.
Why yes that is 1987 National League Rookie Pitcher-of-the-Year Mike Dunne on the cover.
The Pirates starting line-up on this day was:
LF Barry Bonds
2B Jose Lind
CF Andy Van Slyke
3B Bobby Bonilla
1B Sid Bream
RF R.J. Reynolds
C Mike LaValliere
SS Al Pedrique
P Doug Drabek
While Bonds hit a home run and the Pirates won, what I remember most about the game (box score here) was the incredible performance by the legendary Vicente Palacios. In the top of the 6th, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs against Drabek. Jim Leyland brought in Palacios who retired the next three batters without allowing a run. Three Rivers Stadium was rocking!
Now, the fun part. Check out some of the pictures and ads from the scorebook.
I wish I owned that Starter jacket.
I really liked John Saunders.
A car phone for less than $20 a month? What a deal!
I'm pretty sure I have the exact same sweater today that Mike Diaz wore more than 15 years ago.
Are Quinn and Banana selling popcorn at PNC Park today? (Sorry, that was mean. I spent many, many mornings listening to B-94 and regularly tried to win cases of pop on Thirsty Thursdays.)
Let's Go Bucs!