Pittsburgh residents usually only have one thing on their mind this time of year when it comes to sports. Steelers training camp.
For those of you who are not from around here, this is because there is nothing going on in the hockey world and the Pirates haven't been above .500 at this point in the season for almost two decades.
But something has changed. The Pirates don't suck! Hell, they're in first place on July 19. That is not a typo or a blatant disregard for the truth. No. It is fact. If you look up the MLB standings and scroll down to the National League Central Division you will see the Pirates with a 50-44 record and a .5 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for first place.
It's a weird and new feeling for young Pirates fans. We are actually watching every Pirates game we can with legitimate excitement. Not the joking, "Hey we're only 20 games out of first," excitement, but genuine excitement about what this team can accomplish.
I have to admit, while I have been an optimist regarding this team ever since Dave Littlefield got canned, I never thought this team was going to win in 2011. I'm pretty sure I bet Mike a Coke that the team would be under 70 wins. I thought 2012 was going to be the year the dark ages ended. potentially being wrong never felt so good. Well, it has, but not in regards to the Pirates.
What is most encouraging about the Pirates' success is that the team is not showing signs of a tragic fall that fans have been expecting. The team hasn't lost two games in a row for a month. If they suck one day, they have been resilient and take a win the next day. They also have a run differential of plus 14. So they aren't getting blown out in their losses like previous seasons.
So when is the Neal Huntingdon movie coming out? I'm pretty sure it might be more relevant than the upcoming "Moneyball" movie.
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