At 47-43, the Pirates enter the All-Star break with a winning record which is monumental because it marks the first time since 1992 that they are over .500 at the All-Star break. Coincidentally, 1992 was also the last time the Pirates had an overall winning record and made the playoffs.
After their devastating Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 NLCS, the Pirates franchise completely fell apart and has been living under a rock ever since. Whatever it was that happened to them on that dreadful night of October 14, 1992 was much bigger than the heart-breaking 3-2 loss to the Braves after taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th in Game 7. It was like the beginning of a "curse".
I call it, "The Ghost of Francisco Cabrera".
Since losing to the Braves in '92, the Pirates have agonized through a major-league record 18 consecutive LOSING seasons which is also a record for any North American professional sports team. Very deep, to say the least.
So no doubt their (first) winning record at the All-Star break in 19 years is a positive step for the long-suffering franchise.
P.S. My apologies to Pirates fans for bringing up the "Cabrera Nightmare". I know it's still a hard pill to swallow almost two decades later.