For whatever reason the Great American Ball Park stadium crew blared Beatles songs on a loop Sunday morning. Neither team was taking batting practice on the field before the game that didn't matter so perhaps the soundtrack didn't matter either.
As Gerrit Cole Tuesday's in-case-of-emergency pitcher took the mound in the right-field bullpen for a side session "Revolution" began playing. Sunday's game a 4-2 Pirates win against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park was a formality but it represented the end of a three-year revolution from a 105-loss club in 2010 to a playoff-bound team this season.
Players and staff will say the game did not represent the end of anything. They plan to continue playing. Whether they advance past Tuesday's wild-card game against the Reds or not they still finished 94-68 and won the most games since the 1992 Pirates won 96.
They did not quite reach the 95 wins manager Clint Hurdle identified during spring training as a total that would give t...