Starling Marte clinched a win for the Pittsburgh Pirates after 18 grueling innings against the Washington Nationals on Sunday – but the game's true MVP was seated in the stands

By Tiare Dunlap
Updated July 18, 2016 09:45 PM
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THIS PIRATES FAN WHO WENT THROUGH A ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS
Credit: Source: MLB.com


Starling Marte clinched a win for the Pittsburgh Pirates after 18 grueling innings against the Washington Nationals on Sunday – but the game’s true MVP was seated in the stands.

The real hero of the 5 hour, 48 minute game was a young Pirates fan who reminded weary baseball fans everywhere that America’s favorite pastime is far more than just a game.

For those precious hours, this young, towheaded boy gave one of the greatest displays of fandom this country has ever seen.

Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle described the marathon matchup as a “crazy game” but the looks on the young fan’s face reveal it was more like a rollercoaster of emotions.

From exuberance:

To disbelief:

To unbridled rage:

To anguish:

To mortification:

To resignation:

And finally, after nearly six hours of giving the game everything you have, the ecstasy that comes from a hard-fought 2-1 victory.