Unlike any other player in the Pirates’ clubhouse, Jeff Karstens can remember those ugly, brutal days.
He was around for the 95-loss season in 2008, the 99-loss team in ’09 and the 105-loss disaster two years ago.
Karstens doesn’t remind his teammates of what they missed, but he did want to say something to the fans Sunday.
“All these (players) weren’t here when I was here,” he said. “To come out here and see the crowds we are getting, it definitely means a lot. We are battling for the city of Pittsburgh.”
Buoyed by Karstens’ seven scoreless innings, the Pirates continued to put those woeful seasons behind them with a 3-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.