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THE OLD PIRATES were enough to put fan enthusiasm to sleep but the zzzz's have been replaced by the Z, as in Zoltan, a character from the movie "Dude, Where's My Car?" As explained in a Post-Gazette story Wednesday, a bunch of players watched the movie together in Atlanta and came away with something to rally around. Now, whenever a player gets an extra-base hit, his teammates form a Z by putting their hands together, the left one on top of the right one with thumbs extended and touching. Fans have joined in and Zoltan T-shirts have become popular items. It's not your grandfather's green weenie, nor your father's "We Are Family" song that rallied the last Pirates World Series team in 1979, but the rise of Zoltan is indicative of a new attitude at the ballpark. Losing teams don't need gimmicks because losing isn't fun, whereas Zoltan is fun. Dude, whatever works to continue the fun of winning.
First Published July 8, 2012 12:00 am