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Sunday, September 30, 2012

PIT Tribune-Review: Bucs’ streak of futility reaches 20 straight seasons

For eight innings Sunday afternoon, it almost felt like the Pirates’ Great Collapse of the past two months had never happened.

Wandy Rodriguez tossed seven gritty innings against the Cincinnati Reds, the nastiest team in the NL Central. Garrett Jones smacked a clutch, two-run homer. Andrew McCutchen delivered a go-ahead single that had the near-capacity crowd at PNC Park buzzing.

Then came the ninth inning, and it was back to reality. A blown save and a snafu on the basepaths allowed the Reds to steal a 4-3 victory, which clinched the Pirates’ 20th consecutive losing season.

Eight weeks ago, the Pirates were 16 games over .500 and had a wild card playoff berth practically in their grasp. Since then, they have gone 15-36 and fallen out of the race.

NTNgod Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greg Schuler Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4249498)
Well now they can play the kids the rest of the season and prepare for next year...

Since the collapse happened later this year, it might be plausible that next year is the year the Pirate win as many or even more than they lose.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4249502)
sorry pirates fans
   3. Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4249510)
On the plus side, they broke 2 million attendance for the first time since 2001.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4249521)
bitter

what's mildly amusing is that the nl central division winner didn't even finish in the top 3 in attendance in its own division
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4249539)
what's mildly amusing is that the nl central division winner didn't even finish in the top 3 in attendance in its own division


Same thing could be said about the AL east when Baltimore wins the division. :)
   6. Loren F. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4249584)
Sorry, Pirates fans. You don't deserve 20 years of losing.
   7. escabeche Posted: September 30, 2012 at 11:18 PM (#4249621)
Take it from an Orioles fan, things can turn around when you least expect them to.
   8. Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: September 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM (#4249646)
Speaking of attendance (though off topic in the general thread), I just looked it up and 7 of the 8 worst attendances are AL teams. And the one NL team among them is going to be an AL team next year.
   9. Steve Treder Posted: October 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM (#4249649)
Speaking of attendance (though off topic in the general thread), I just looked it up and 7 of the 8 worst attendances are AL teams. And the one NL team among them is going to be an AL team next year.

The last season in which AL per-game attendance exceeded NL was 1995. That was one of five such seasons within the past 57.
   10. Perro(s) Posted: October 01, 2012 at 12:16 AM (#4249650)
People like to see pitchers hit.
   11. base ball chick Posted: October 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4249667)
perros is correct

and don't expect any improvement in the astros attendence next year neither. or the year after that. i can tell you that i'm not going and that's one percent right there
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 01, 2012 at 09:01 AM (#4249734)
As much as I hated the Pirates in the 70s during the time of a strong Philly-Pittsburgh rivalry, I do feel sorry for our cross-state fans these days. Heck, even Mets fans don't deserve what you are going through. </ducking>
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: October 01, 2012 at 09:07 AM (#4249737)

That 6-month-old toddler in the stands for the last time the Pirates finished over .500 can go to next season's opener with a legal ID if he wants to drink heavily. In fact, I recommend that he do so.

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