Photo @2013 USA TODAY Sports/Charles LeClaire

With the Jolly Roger flapping in the breeze inside Barbary Coast-like PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates swashbuckled their way to a 5-3 win over my visiting St. Louis Cardinals in game-3 of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) National League Division Series (NLDS).

The Bucs now lead this best-of-five party 2-1 and have the Redbirds right where they want them: near the edge of the plank. Pittsburgh can wrap it all up in game-4 on Monday night. The first-pitch call is set for 3:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

For the game-4 lineups, and perhaps the last pizza in this series, here’s the PA announcer.

Red October Pizza - Matt Adams |© 2013 Elsa/Getty Images“Piping hot in the clean-up spot is the Red October Pizza with incredible palate power: The Matt Adams Salami, Mushroom and Cheese in Pesto alla Siciliana.”

Like its namesake, Matt Adams, known as Big City by his teammates, this Red October Pizza has an urban grid of its own: a super-sized Piadina Romagna oval flatbread covered in creamy Stracchino cheese and Sicilian-style pesto sauce, and topped with sliced mushrooms, Milan-style hard salami, Brie and Gorgonzola cheeses, strips of grilled yellow bell peppers and toasted black olives.

And we’ll stay hydrated for every bite of the Matt Adams with a smooth and elegant French red: Chateau Cardinal Villemaurine’s 2010 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, a Merlot-Cabernet Blanc blend.

Mmm. Let’s go to the “Big City” highlight reel.

PLAY BALL!  GO CARDS!

TPT's Borsalino & Ballcap

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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