PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 20: Oneil Cruz #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on June 20, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

I speak from experience here. When your favorite team isn’t good you need to find a reason to watch, a reason to get excited. The Pirates fans have found their reason. Oneil Cruz was called up to the show on Monday. Even though his stats at AAA weren’t stellar – Class AAA Indianapolis (.232/.336/.422), Oneil made an immediate impact in last night’s game. Cruz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI leading the Pirates to a 12-1 win over the Cubs. Check out these numbers, a throw to first base at 96.7 mph, a line drive to center that left the bat at almost 113 mph, and wow is he fast. This should have been a stand up double, not a play at third.

I mentioned the throw to first, check it out, no arc on that ball at all.

So while everyone else was focused on the squirrel:

Cruz is doing these things. I’d like to thank Cruz for giving Pirates fans a reason to watch. Being 10.5 games back on June 21st feels pretty insurmountable so it’s good to have some joy. And the height? Same as Aaron Judge, actually. He doesn’t look 6′ 7″ until you see him next to some of his teammates.




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