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(ESPN)   The Pittsburgh Pirates - a) Are in first place, b) Have the best record in baseball, c) Are 22 games over .500, or d) All of the above?   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 7
    More: Unlikely, pirates, Brandon Cumpton, Pittsburgh, Mike Matheny, baseball, Jose Tabata, Marc Rzepczynski, Rob Johnson  
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2013-07-31 05:31:55 PM  
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ongbok: Wasn't the Yankees/Mets World Series one of the lowest rated television broadcasted World Series? That is what I heard anyway.


I guess I could be wrong based on real numbers... but if that's true it goes toward what I've always thought.  Don't people like an underdog?

I was hooked for Tampa Bay, Colorado, etc. in the series.  But the last thing I want to see is the Yankees or Boston again.  I'm not all that much of a Yankee hater... it would just bore me.

I was excited to see them win in 1996 for the first time in a long time... but after that, enough already.

I would love a Pittsburgh/Oakland series.
2013-07-31 03:30:20 PM  
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ElwoodCuse: CastorTroy: mactheknife: I grew up watching the likes of Stargell, Robinson, Sanguillen and Ott at Three Rivers Stadium.

I've endured 105 loss seasons, Jason Thompson, Dale Berra, George Hendrick and "Operation Shutdown."

For the past two decades, the team has been woefully mismanaged both on and off the field.

Call me if they're in first place on September 1st and I'll get excited.  Until then, I'm not falling into the trap I've fallen into countless times before.

Why not just enjoy the possibility of the Bucs finishing the season over .500 for the first time in 20 years?  Geez Louise.

If at this point the Pirates finish 82-80 but don't even get into the phony baloney one game playoff, Pirates fans should be just as angry as ever


Nope.  At this point, 81-81 would suit me just fine.  A disappointment perhaps, but it wouldn't be like the past, oh, 20 years or so.
2013-07-31 11:08:53 AM  
1 votes:
I too become desperately concerned whenever the World Series isnt between the Yankees and Dodgers. Baseball will never recover from any other matchups.
2013-07-31 10:07:11 AM  
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FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.


Pffft

In 1960 the nuns let us leave early;  I heard Mazeroski's homer on KDKA AM
In 1971 I was still in the army - Google "conscription"
In 1979 I was at the final playoff game

/ my dad has been a fan for over 80 years
// old fart indeed
2013-07-31 07:53:55 AM  
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UNC_Samurai: Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.

And this is why the sport is in trouble.

You don't hear people talking about what matchup would give the best market for the Super Bowl.


Except every year when some smaller market teams are in contention.

Ravens-Falcons possibility: http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/football/431300-would-ravens-falco n s-superbowl-nfls-worst-nightmare.html and http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/21563488/vegas-pul l ing-for-pats49ers-super-bowl-dreading-ravensfalcons

And that was just in two minutes of searching Google and remembering all the biatching from past years' threads. This happens in every sport every year a small market team gets within spitting distance of a title. It happens in the NFL just as much as in the MLB, NBA (good lord the whining about San Antonio), NHL, etc. Don't kid yourself.
2013-07-31 07:32:48 AM  
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Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.


And this is why the sport is in trouble.

You don't hear people talking about what matchup would give the best market for the Super Bowl.
2013-07-31 01:54:41 AM  
1 votes:
A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.
 
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