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(Sports Illustrated)   Well, it was nice knowing yinz. The Pittsburgh Pirates are now #1 in the Power Rankings. The end is nigh   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com ) divider line
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2013-06-29 09:37:55 AM  
If this is still a headline in September then yes, it is time to carefully organize your drums of Apocalypse Chow and sacrifice the heretics to Kent Tekulve.
 
2013-06-29 10:11:45 AM  
I'm just happy to see the Yankees at #13.
 
2013-06-29 10:43:56 AM  
I'm not holding my breath, but I am holding my opening day ticket.
 
2013-06-29 11:03:17 AM  
Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.
 
2013-06-29 11:08:20 AM  
We've had a lot of help from the Cards choking on their bats, too.
 
2013-06-29 11:38:23 AM  
I hope they don't fall to the curse of the Bondino or something like that and choke my season's end. They suffered enough and it is time for them to really break out. Perhaps they will finally pull through and not only get a winning season but also a playoff berth as well.
 
2013-06-29 11:55:09 AM  
Angels ranked above the Natnals?

That's bullcrap and a half right there.
 
2013-06-29 12:06:50 PM  
Braves at #10 is pretty much right. Right now, they are the worst division leader in baseball, and I don't think they can hold it together for the second half unless they can get their core offense to do what they are being paid for, or a major trade. I wonder how long they are going to give Francoeur Noir before they realize that he wasn't the can't-miss prospect they thought he was when they drafted him and dangle him as trade bait for someone established.
 
2013-06-29 12:27:46 PM  

bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.


Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.
 
2013-06-29 12:28:28 PM  
So... the Tigers just come off of kicking the Red Sox' collective ass, taking the series 3-1, and they are ranked below them? WTF?
 
2013-06-29 12:37:07 PM  

LesserEvil: So... the Tigers just come off of kicking the Red Sox' collective ass, taking the series 3-1, and they are ranked below them? WTF?


A couple of weeks ago the Rangers were ranked #2 behind the Red Sox after Texas swept them and took the best record in the AL.
Now they're not only ranked behind Boston, but STL as well after Texas handed them their first sweep of the season.
Goddamn East Coast/Middle America bias!

/Game 6 - Neva Forget
 
2013-06-29 12:37:17 PM  

eazye1334: bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.

Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.


To be fair to the Cubs, they've been more of a snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  And the Pirates have won 5 World Series since the Cubs last won theirs.

Cubs - 1907
Cubs - 1908
Pirates - 1909
Pirates - 1925
Pirates - 1960
Pirates - 1971
Pirates - 1979
 
2013-06-29 12:37:51 PM  

eazye1334: bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.

Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.


And besides all that, the Astros are the joke of the league, and have been so for some time.
 
2013-06-29 12:42:18 PM  

bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.


As a Mets fan, I'm pretty sure this doesn't apply to me.
 
2013-06-29 12:57:18 PM  
My god, first in the Power Rankings? That gives them an automatic World Series birth, if I remember correctly.
 
2013-06-29 12:57:21 PM  
As someone who has lived here for almost a decade, I would be thrilled to see them in the playoffs...but until then, I will be waiting for the month-long collapse.
 
2013-06-29 01:00:38 PM  

bborchar: As someone who has lived here for almost a decade, I would be thrilled to see them in the playoffs...but until then, I will be waiting for the month-long collapse.


It's kind of great, no one in Pittsburgh actually believes any of this 1st in baseball nonsense, or at least would like it not to be brought to anyones attention because hopefully if the baseball Gods don't notice they might be able to sneak into the playoffs.
 
2013-06-29 01:03:37 PM  

SamFlagg: eazye1334: bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.

Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.

To be fair to the Cubs, they've been more of a snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  And the Pirates have won 5 World Series since the Cubs last won theirs.

Cubs - 1907
Cubs - 1908
Pirates - 1909
Pirates - 1925
Pirates - 1960
Pirates - 1971
Pirates - 1979


The Cubs have actually had some competitive teams over the past 20 years, though, even having chances at making the World Series. It wasn't until last year that anyone truly felt the Pirates could break the streak and just reach .500. Cubs of course have more prolonged suffering, but the run of ineptitude from the Pirates is quite remarkable for having absolutely no hope over nearly the entire period.
 
2013-06-29 01:05:18 PM  

SamFlagg: bborchar: As someone who has lived here for almost a decade, I would be thrilled to see them in the playoffs...but until then, I will be waiting for the month-long collapse.

It's kind of great, no one in Pittsburgh actually believes any of this 1st in baseball nonsense, or at least would like it not to be brought to anyones attention because hopefully if the baseball Gods don't notice they might be able to sneak into the playoffs.


That's exactly how it feels.  It's probably more fun that way, because then we just can enjoy the ride while it lasts.
 
2013-06-29 01:07:20 PM  
Weren't they number 1 in their division before July last year too?

I'm not buying yellow socks just yet.
 
2013-06-29 01:16:25 PM  
I was 18 and a Braves fan in '79, but we were ALL family.
And we were getting pretty damn sick of that song.
 
2013-06-29 01:35:48 PM  
Pretty happy about this. Saw my first Pirates game at 3 Rivers Stadium with Jason Schmidt pitching. Was a Pirates fan before I was a Steelers or Penguins fan, and they are certainly making playoffs this year! Sko Bucs!!!!!!
 
2013-06-29 01:39:57 PM  

xanadian: I'm just happy to see the Yankees at #13.


hehehehehehehehehehehehe
 
2013-06-29 02:16:02 PM  
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2013-06-29 02:33:08 PM  

Lunchlady: Weren't they number 1 in their division before July last year too?

I'm not buying yellow socks just yet.


So...you're openly admitting that you're a bandwagon fan? Isn't that a bit contemptible?

I've been a Pirates fan for years, for no better reason that Andy Van Slyke was my faaaaavorite player as a kid. Don't ask me WHY he was; he just was. I'm so happy to at least have SOMEthing to root for here. Even if they tank again, at least we got a fun ride out of it in the interim. That beats the hell out of 'in dead last by the end of May, maybe 1 guy on the All Star team (but he won't start), biggest news is when we trade a rising star come July'...
 
2013-06-29 02:37:01 PM  
Entire AL east in top 13. Crazy good division.

/go Jays
 
2013-06-29 02:50:07 PM  

DeWayne Mann: My god, first in the Power Rankings? That gives them an automatic World Series birth, if I remember correctly.


politics tab-like typing detected.
 
2013-06-29 02:50:51 PM  

SamFlagg: eazye1334: bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.

Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.

To be fair to the Cubs, they've been more of a snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  And the Pirates have won 5 World Series since the Cubs last won theirs.

Cubs - 1907
Cubs - 1908
Pirates - 1909
Pirates - 1925
Pirates - 1960
Pirates - 1971
Pirates - 1979


And for what it's worth, the Blackhawks have brought more championship trophies to Wrigley in the last 100 years than the Cubs have.

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/oh yes, I know my Brewers are sucking even worse than the Cubs right now.
 
2013-06-29 03:03:10 PM  

whistleridge: Lunchlady: Weren't they number 1 in their division before July last year too?

I'm not buying yellow socks just yet.

So...you're openly admitting that you're a bandwagon fan? Isn't that a bit contemptible?

I've been a Pirates fan for years, for no better reason that Andy Van Slyke was my faaaaavorite player as a kid. Don't ask me WHY he was; he just was. I'm so happy to at least have SOMEthing to root for here. Even if they tank again, at least we got a fun ride out of it in the interim. That beats the hell out of 'in dead last by the end of May, maybe 1 guy on the All Star team (but he won't start), biggest news is when we trade a rising star come July'...


Um no, I am in no way a fan of Pittsburgh.

I was more commenting on the mindset of the sports watching public.
 
2013-06-29 03:03:23 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: DeWayne Mann: My god, first in the Power Rankings? That gives them an automatic World Series birth, if I remember correctly.

politics tab-like typing detected.


I noticed the birth/berth thing like 3 seconds after I posted it (without previewing, of course), but hoped that as long as I didn't draw any attention to it, maybe no one would notice.

I was wrong :(
 
2013-06-29 03:29:22 PM  

Cheesehead_Dave: And for what it's worth, the Blackhawks have brought more championship trophies to Wrigley in the last 100 years than the Cubs have.


So have the Washington Redskins.  I never miss an opportunity to remind Cubs fans of this.

That said, the Orioles at #4 (basically a contender to win it all) last week was ridiculous.  Having them drop to #12 (i.e.: slightly better than the average MLB team) because of a 4-game losing streak is equally ridiculous.
 
2013-06-29 05:27:25 PM  

CipollinaFan: Angels ranked above the Natnals?

That's bullcrap and a half right there.


It is for the lulz that the only positive they can give the Angels that they have a catcher that walks alot.

Not missing Josh a bit down here.
 
2013-06-29 05:39:58 PM  

LesserEvil: So... the Tigers just come off of kicking the Red Sox' collective ass, taking the series 3-1, and they are ranked below them? WTF?


And then they promptly got swept by the Angels again, this time at home.  Thank goodness they won't have to see them again until 2014.
 
2013-06-29 06:14:23 PM  
I wish I could be a bandwagon fan of the pirates.........

But I grew up an hour north of Pittsburgh, remember Andy Van Slyke being on the team, and have friends who regale me with the ridiculously amusing stories of Pirate misfortune and I track the Pirates continual rise and post all star break collapse.

So unfortunately I'm too well informed and have sadly been paying attention to the standings for the past 6-8 years.  (I need something to do in the Football/Hockey offseason)
 
2013-06-29 06:15:38 PM  

DeWayne Mann: Hillbilly Jim: DeWayne Mann: My god, first in the Power Rankings? That gives them an automatic World Series birth, if I remember correctly.

politics tab-like typing detected.

I noticed the birth/berth thing like 3 seconds after I posted it (without previewing, of course), but hoped that as long as I didn't draw any attention to it, maybe no one would notice.

I was wrong :(


*sigh* Does that mean sports tabs are going to have Bearthers?
 
2013-06-29 06:17:04 PM  

SamFlagg: DeWayne Mann: Hillbilly Jim: DeWayne Mann: My god, first in the Power Rankings? That gives them an automatic World Series birth, if I remember correctly.

politics tab-like typing detected.

I noticed the birth/berth thing like 3 seconds after I posted it (without previewing, of course), but hoped that as long as I didn't draw any attention to it, maybe no one would notice.

I was wrong :(

*sigh* Does that mean sports tabs are going to have Bearthers?


I'm pretty sure there's a Cubs joke here.
 
2013-06-29 07:26:37 PM  
It gets better- the Pirates have more good young talent in the pipeline. Go, Rustbelt team!
 
2013-06-29 09:57:46 PM  
+20

/Brewers are not a good baseball team right now
 
2013-06-29 10:15:28 PM  
Before the season, what sorts of odds would Vegas have given on the Pirates being the first team in the majors to 50 wins?

/go Bucs
 
2013-06-29 11:38:14 PM  
It's a bit poetic to get number 50 against the Brewers, considering how long we've been a punching bag for them the last few years.   Miller Park was aptly called a "house of horrors" by our radio broadcast team for good reason.

/Pirates fan since 1990
/On maintenance dosages of Xanax since 1993, maybe I can kick the habit this year?
 
2013-06-29 11:52:09 PM  

eazye1334: bopis: Dear fans of bad teams other than the Cubs,
Your team wasn't always that bad, and it does not mean the end of the world if your team is doing well. There is always a worse team, the Cubs.

Except there are college sophomores (and maybe juniors) who have never seen the Pirates with a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.


2012 NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper wasn't born yet.
 
2013-06-30 04:23:27 AM  

Glenechocreek: It gets better- the Pirates have more good young talent in the pipeline. Go, Rustbelt team!


Yeah, Cole is just getting his feet wet in the bigs, Taillon isn't here yet.  Polanco might be up next June. Sanchez is about ready behind the dish, though he'll probably back up Martin next year.  Man, great signing there, huh?  Maybe he'll teach Sanchez something. I'm thinking '15, '16 and '17 are the Bucs big years, when our young rotation gets into the groove.  Anything before then is just gravy.

More players in the pipeline. We got a whole lotta mo'.  Whole lotta mo'.
 
2013-06-30 08:32:43 AM  
What's funny to me is that even though the Cubs are clearly looking 3-5 years from now, are willing to trade anyone not named Jeff Samardzija or Anthony Rizzo, are waiting out the last of Hendry's awful contracts, and are 15.5 games out of first, they're STILL not in last place in their division.

Go Brewers.
 
2013-06-30 09:03:18 AM  
This should give the city-dwelling hillbillies of pit something to be less miserable about.
 
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