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(SB Nation)   Pirates become the first MLB team to win 50 games this season. Or as Pittsburgh fans used to call their 50th win, September   ( divider line
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2013-07-01 02:50:55 PM  
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Slow To Return: I can't believe Pirates fans are so skittish that the best they'll allow themselves to hope for is .500.


Seriously, this.... for every bit of good news that comes out of PNC these days, all I say is "Just keep it over .500" anything else is a nice afterthought.  I've seen the collapse, the collapse II, I don't wish for anything except that we don't three-peat that performance.

Not tempting fate aside, I'm having fun listening to games for once because I have confidence we can win even if we don't score first.

4 or 5 seasons ago, this is the time of the year that I'd be upset, legitimately upset, that they were pre-empting canned sportstalk from the ESPN national feed to put Pirate games on because they were just THAT frustrating to listen to.  As soon as the other team got to 4 runs, you could turn it off, you had no hope.  Maybe you'd get a homer in the late innings off a tired starter, but with nobody on base because the offense just loved the foul-out THAT much, all it meant was a 5-1 final, as that "big" 3 run 3rd the opposition put up on 2 infield singles and a throwing error had already doomed you.

It got even worse as July turned to August, the "GB" stat in the sports page had mushroomed to 18+ games and the flashy radio intro from April was mentioning players that had since been traded or busted down to AAA and you found yourself looking at the schedule and musing that maybe, just maybe, if you just string a few wins together, you could at least get ahead of the Cubs and  not have to be in the basement.....

By September, the only way you'd be in the bylines of anybody's sports page was when you lost your 100th game and finally got to end the suffering with a split of a meaningless 4 game series against the Astros, by which time the color guy sounded positively suicidally depressed with each meek pop out.....

This may sound like a line of dialogue from Major League, but I swear, I heard it happen on the radio.

-For those of you interested, the official score has been amended.  The error charged to the Pirate 3rd baseman in the 4th has now been credited as an RBI single, so adjust your scoresheets accordingly.
-Doesn't matter, I know where mine's going as soon as the game's over.

If I can just avoid another year of THAT, I'd be happy.
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