July 19, 2011

Pittsburgh Pirates, First Place Appear in Same Sentence: The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place in the NL Central, the latest they've been alone on top since the 1992 team won the division and reached the NLCS with Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke in the outfield and Doug Drabek and Tim Wakefield pitching. The Pirates have gone 18 years without a winning season, the longest drought in the big four U.S. pro sports. "We have home-field advantage now, too," said Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, referring to the World Series.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:41 PM - 4 comments

I went down to the stadium yesterday to buy tickets for the Wed afternoon game against Cincy. When I got there, they had 4 ticket windows open and I waiting for almost 20 min. As we stood there, many of us were joking that we couldn't believe we were waiting for Pirate tickets and it wasn't because the Yankees or the Sox were in town. Last year at this time, the Bucs were 34-60. I am remaining cautiously optimistic, but it is awesome to not be mathematically eliminated at his point. Hurdle has to already have manager of the year locked up, and they have me drinking the kool-aid to. Let's go Bucs!!

posted by Debo270 at 04:26 PM on July 19

We - are - fa - mi - ly...

posted by Howard_T at 07:21 PM on July 19

The 1992 team finished atop the National League East.

posted by Bruce007 at 02:02 AM on July 20

Was bittersweet watching Leyland win a championship in Marlins pastels after the run he had with the black and gold.

posted by beaverboard at 07:19 AM on July 20

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