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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.

 

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