As frontman Robert Pollard told Rolling Stone recently, the song was a metaphor about his lack of desire to compete with other bands. “No competition, no pressure, no rules. The way I do things now is an absolute blast,” he said. “I think one earns it when entering one’s golden years. It also means that you don’t necessarily have to act your age.”
The last (and only) time the Pirates started a rookie pitcher on the road in a winner-take-all playoff game was Oct. 16, 1909, in Game 7 of the World Series. Babe Adams delivered, shutting out Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers, 8-0.
Now it’s Gerrit Cole’s chance to make history — and wouldn’t he have looked right at home in a baseball game from 1909? Cole is a spit-in-the-hands, take-my-hacks, slide-spikes-first, fastball-in-your-ear kind of guy. Did you see his first pitch in Game 2? It was a speeding straight razor toward Matt Carpenter’s chin, a purpose pitch that pronounced the Pirates’ intention to make themselves at home after a lopsided defeat in Game 1.
“You have to give the kid a lot of credit for doing that, especially against one of the best hitters in the National League,” said pitching coach Ray Searage (another guy you’d love to cast in a remake of the 1909 World Series). “He’s not intimidated. Just like Clint (Hurdle) said, ‘We respect everybody, but we fear no one.’ That’s what Gerrit brings.”