Grilli: " I Wanted To Write Something The City Wanted So Desperately"

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Joe Kapp
April 02, 2020 - 3:39 pm
Jason Grilli/ Russell Martin 2013 NL Wild Card Game

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - We all remember the 2013 National League Wild Card game in October of 2013 and the Cuteo! Cueto! Cueto chants and the black out and a 6-2 Pirates win.

But for former Pirates closer Jason Grilli who joined the Cook and Joe Show on Thursday said it was his fondest memory of his time playing with the Pirates

 “To write something this city so desperately wanted,” Grilli added. “That was a special moment for the organization and the city especially and for us as a team.”

The crowd was  donned in all black and were loud from the minute they entered the park that night and Grilli tells the guys he believes the team did feed off that crowd and the fans played a huge part in Johnny Cueto dropping the ball on the mound before serving up the pitch to Russell Martin who launched a solo homerun into the bleachers in left field giving the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.

“I can’t see how they didn’t,” Grilli said. “Right from the national anthem when Cutch’s mom sang the national anthem I just remember going the Cincinnati Reds are in trouble.”

He said they were not just playing the Pittsburgh Pirates that night but rather the entire city of Pittsburgh.

But he also remembered the game to clinch a playoff spot in Chicago that season and end 20 years of frustration for the fans…but it wasn’t easy as it took a play at the plate to end it.

“I almost threw up because I didn’t get the pitch where I wanted it,” Grilli added. “What did I feel? Relief…I didn’t blow that game. My teammates picked me up that night.”

It was a night and season Pirates fans will never forget and neither will he.

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