T.R.O.Y. – Jose “Chico” Lind

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Before the Pirates went on the road to hell, they had a lot of really amazing players and personalities. Just like hip-hop, the Pirates were wayyyyy better in the 90’s. Bland cats like Jason Bay, Ian Snell, and Freddy Sanchez can’t match the likes of Andy Van Slyke, Barry Bonds, Bob Walk or Zane Smith. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Some of my best memories as a kid are going to the Bucs games with my mom. We would take the trolley to station square and then ride the ferry across the river to Three Rivers Stadium (RIP) for a night game . While PNC Park is the Angelina Jolie of stadiums, Three Rivers was def the Rosie O’ Donnell. A big bowl of concrete that was suited for Steelers games with an attendance of 55,000, but not so hot for baseball.

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While talking with a contributor over cards last night he discussed recent freestyle raps regarding former Pirates players. I had to bust out with the line “riding naked in the truck like ‘Chico’ Lind.” Before he was caught in Kansas City riding drunk with his pants off and high on coke, Chico was a gold glover on the great Pirates teams of the 90’s. His enthusiasm and reckless play made Chico a joy to watch. A game that I still remember over 15 years later is when Jose Lind had a large lead off of third and made like he was going to steal home, taunting the pitcher. My mom went crazy and started pointing at his wild style.

Shortly after their loss to the Braves in game 7 Jose was traded and the Pirates went on their 14 year losing streak, which will soon extend to 15 years. Unfortunately, that began Chico’s downhill spiral which resulted in a year in prison. Last I hear he turned his life around and was coaching in the minor leagues, but according to Wiki he was replaced in that position.

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9 Responses to “T.R.O.Y. – Jose “Chico” Lind”

  1. shai Says:

    i actually work with chico now. he resides in orlando

  2. 2020proof Says:

    word. tell him i said what’s up and we miss him in pittsburgh. shit ain’t the same without him.

  3. Cory Says:

    We miss chico here in bridgeport. He’s a great guy and a true friend.

  4. jeanette-ponce Says:

    hola chico
    espero leas esto y te acueres de viejos amigos. en esta semana estuve en un funeral y encontre a palillo santiago y arnold que jugo en ponce
    no se si recuerdas. espero estes bien.que todos tus problemas se te hayan resuelto. saludos y espero contestacion0 ahi te envio mi e-mail.

  5. Ashley Lind Says:

    That’s MY daddy ❤

    • T Says:

      Hi Ashley

      I would be interested in talking to you about your father plse place another post here if you are interested and we can share email addresses

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  8. JG Says:

    Chico is now playing with the Orlando Padres in the MSBL league.

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