Posted January 22, 2012 on pirates.scout.com
Michael McKenry was the author of perhaps PNC Park's greatest single moment when his three-run home run early in July beat the Chicago Cubs and vaulted the Pirates to heights unseen since Barry Bonds was skinny.
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