"Why don't you come up here and fight me like a man, Burnitz?"

That's what the drunks next to me were shouting at Cubs right fielder Jeromy Burnitz during the seventh and eighth innings. What makes it funny is that it wasn't Burnitz for most of the eighth — it was Jose Macias, who had been brought in as a defensive replacement. Other than that, the drunks were consistently amusing all night.

Fun game, too. The Pirates hung in there all evening, finally pulling out a victory in front of an ecstatic crowd of 29,000. What's even more amazing is that most of that crowd was still there for the final strikeout, despite the fact that it was cold as hell.

For the first time this year, the Pirates looked really sharp out there. Well, except for Matt Lawton, who really should have been charged with two errors, not one. And call-up David Ross is really going to make the Pirates take a good look at Humberto Cota when he comes back from rehab.

Sure, we're still in last place — but at least we dragged the Cubs down there with us. And this early in the season, we're still only a game and half out of first place...

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CHICAGO CUBS 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 7 0
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 X 8 13 1

W: S. Torres (1-0); L: M. Remlinger (0-1); S: J. Mesa (4)
HR: CHI — M. J. Dubois (1), Perez (1); PIT — D. Ross (2,3), R. Mackowiak (1)

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