Most people forget, and it is not shocking that this is the case, that the Pirates are steeped in baseball History. The Pirates have been playing baseball in the city of Pittsburgh since 1882. They started out as a AA club for a few years and were known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies until 1891, but the Pirates have been a part major league baseball for a long time. The Pirates have won 9 Pennants and 4 world series, both of which are more than a majority of Major League teams. 6 Pirate players have won the MVP and the Pirates also have 2 Cy Young Award Winners. I tell you this to make the point, the Pirates have not always been the laughing stock they became during the late 90's and the 2000's. For years during that time, the Pirates seemed to sell what little talent they had every year at the deadline for prospects. But for years, those prospects either wouldn't turn out, or they would have one good season and end up wearing pin stripes or some colors other than Black and Gold. Their losing became such a normal occurrence bars near the ballpark started knocking a few cents off the cost of a pitcher of beer every time the Pirates lost... to help the fans cope. But all of that is coming to an end this year. The prospects are finally turning into true talent. The front office has made several savvy moves to bring experience to a very young ball club. As Marris has noted on several occasions, the Indianapolis Indians are benefiting from this influx of young talent, because the Pirates roster can't hold all these young talents.
I can honestly say I am rooting on the Pirates this season... except when they play the Cardinals of course. They have a long history, and it is unfortunate that most people only know about their recent losing ways. I actually hate that they are in the NL Central, because I really do want to see them do well. All of that said, I am happy to see the Pirates closing in on win #82... the win that will push them over the .500 mark for the first time in 2 decades.
Thanks for reading,
-T.O. signing out
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