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October 04, 2012

Next year the streak will be old enough to buy a drink.: EPIC FAIL. The Pirates just finished up their 20th losing season in a row after being 16 games over .500 earlier in the year. I first posted this 3 years ago when they set the record and will every year until the streak ends. The franchise is a JOKE not just in Pittsburgh but around the league, Ownership is a JOKE, The plan to turn this team into "Baseballs Hells Angels" is a JOKE. After 20 years of sucking, there is no end in sight. O by the way, the team made $20 million this year and had a top 3 attendance in history. SO Much RAGE

posted by Debo270 to baseball at 12:05 PM - 9 comments

Wow, tell us how you really feel, Debo270!

I wonder if the Pirates sucking isn't felt more keenly there because of the other Pittsburgh sports franchises being so successful. I think the protracted dramedy over the whole Red Sox "curse" was likewise exacerbated by the success of the Celtics and the Patriots, though in their case it was a matter of being hugely successful, just not champions, which is tiny violin league relative to the Pirates' record stench.

Being a Pirates fan sounds pretty hellish. You have my utmost sympathy.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:15 PM on October 04

Originally being from Cincinnati, I almost feel bad for Pirates fans. But then I remember that most of them are Steelers fans, too, and I smile a little bit.

Kidding, Debo. I understand your frustration, especially after the monumental collapse this year. I was kind of hoping for a nice Reds-Pirates rivalry for years to come, and it just doesn't seem like it is going to come to fruition. It truly sucks to have an owner of a franchise hold you captive with a shitty team, especially because his knowledge of the loyalty of Pittsbugh fans in general allows him to do so. Do you think fans from almost any other city would have remained loyal to such an abomination? I doubt it (although, as a Bengals fan, there is a certain connection with you).

posted by tahoemoj at 12:28 PM on October 04

Do you think fans from almost any other city would have remained loyal to such an abomination?

The fans had begun to disappear, but then they had a hot month and were well over .500, everyone bagan to think, "this is the year" and headed back to the ballpark only to watch them lose 21 of 28 last month.

posted by Debo270 at 01:13 PM on October 04

At least Pirates fans have Andrew McCutcheon. Think about what it must be like to be an Astros or Cubs fan. Of course, both of those teams have had winning records and have made the playoffs in the past decade (hard to believe the Bartman game was a recent as 9 years ago and that the Astros played in the World Series as recently as 7 years ago).

posted by holden at 01:57 PM on October 04

At least Pirates fans have Andrew McCutcheon

True, but his collapse copied that of the teams.

posted by Debo270 at 02:25 PM on October 04

Think about what it must be like to be an Astros or Cubs fan.

Anthony Rizzo should give the Cubs fans something to hang their hat on.

The Astros? Uh...welcome to the American League?

posted by grum@work at 02:44 PM on October 04

The Cubs needed to suck this year and maybe for a few years more to get rid of some of the bad contracts and start rebuilding. I'm looking forward to a Cubs team sans Soriano. Sounds like they might even manage to trade him this off-season.

posted by ursus_comiter at 04:14 PM on October 04

Next year the streak will be old enough to buy a drink

The streak should move to Canada, age of majority is 18 or 19, depending on the province. Unless of course, the streak is Bryce Harper.

posted by tommytrump at 04:53 PM on October 04

It isnt even the overall record that makes me made, it is the gutless fall from 16 games over. The bucs led the leage in homeruns in June, that will cover the awful play for a little.

posted by Debo270 at 11:24 PM on October 04

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