Pirates' closer and All Star Jason Grilli is on one of two covers of the latest Sports Illustrated. The headline on the story is "The Strangest but Truest Story of the Summer: The Playoff-Bound Pirates and their Sharknado Bullpen." It looks at what all Pirates fans are agonizing over this summer: Whether the Bucs will finally, finally break their 20-season losing streak.
The PG's Brady McCullough recently wrote a great piece on the Steel City's renewed baseball fervor: "Pirates baseball is suddenly serious in Pittsburgh again".
Putting aside the jinx factor associated with appearing on the cover of SI, Grilli is in some questionable company with his cover boy status. The last time a Pittsburgh Pirate appeared on the magazine's cover was 1992, which, as you long-time Pirates fans might remember, was a profile of Barry Bonds.
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Courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Photographs by: Hunter Martin/Getty Images(Grilli); Ryan Pierse/Getty Images (shark)