Charlie Petredis is a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan and once worked as a vendor at the old Three Rivers Stadium way back when. Back in 1992 — the last time the Pirates were in the MLB postseason — Petredis promised his son Charlie Jr., then a toddler, that if and when the Pirates ever returned to the playoffs, he would don pirate garb and wear it proudly to a game.
Petredis certainly didn’t think — or better put, hope — that the Buccos’ postseason drought would last so long. But it is what it is, and the lessons he tried to instill in his son about being a dedicated Pirates fan all those years ago remain as true today as they did then, so Petredis made good on his promise, going full-on pirate as he attended Tuesday’s wild card game along with Charlie Jr., now 25.
(puts on “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, tries not to keep it together– “I’m gonna be like you, dad. You know I’m gonna be like you…”)