Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Giant Step For The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Congrats to the Pittsburgh Pirates!

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.

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Let's hope their second half of the season mirrors their first half.

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.

3 comments:

  1. Andrew McCtuchen has been really good for the Pirates this season. He's also in the All-Star game.

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  2. I love when a historically bad teams rises up and does something. They have a local product from here in Nashville by the name of Pedro Alvarez at 3B who use to play for Vanderbilt so I am rooting for them. Congrats to the Pirates and hopefully they can keep it up.

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  3. @ SportAholic I hope they can keep it up also. I too love it when longtime losers come out of nowhere and do well.

    @ collin Yes, McCutchen is their superstar. It's good that they figured out a way to put him in the All-Star Game. It was wrong when they didn't pick him in the first place as a reserve with the kind of year he's having.

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