Pirate fans: we're close. We're close to the win that will lift the ridiculous 20-year stone off of our backs and let us focus on a playoff run. I don't use "we" here to conflate fans with the team. I use "we" here to mean Pirate fans, because it's the fans that carry the entirety of this 20-year losing streak around like a curse, and we do it in a way that the players, coaches, and front office doesn't have to.
A win tonight would give the Pirates 81 wins, which would mean an end the losing streak that's haunted the franchise since 1992. Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick from the 2011 draft -- the proverbial phoenix born from the ashes of an awful 2010 season -- will fittingly get the first crack at 81. He faces Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers. The first pitch tonight is at 8:10.
I was 14 in 92 ... and you know the story.
Anyway. I've kept the team at arms distance since the strike year. That just killed me.
But about a year ago I started following your blog. And this summer it's my first stop. And then I started listening to the games. Thanks for the great work
@bwzimmerman I don't follow the Pirates or Phillies close enough to know what you mean, but it doesn't make sense to me, since 81 will be the .500 mark for a 162 game season for any team.
81 is a semantic argument. Ask KC or the O's about that. 82 is a winning season regardless of what comes next over the remaining month.
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