This is not an ironic effort, even if at times it is ironic.
Maybe it's my age? I'm 27. The last time it wasn't a shock to the baseball world that the Pirates were one of the best teams around was in October of 1992. I was born August 20th, 1992- I can't even remember the game.
Thus marked the start of 20 straight losing seasons that was broken the same year I turned of age to drink- I don't think that's a coincidence.
In 2013 the Battlin' Buccos won 94 games and the fans in Pittsburgh were electrified once more. The city rallied. The fans all wore black. Cueto dropped the ball.
So here's to those whose parents thought they were broken for wanting to sit around watching the Pirates over those 20 losing campaigns.
This blog is for fans of all age, with a special nod to those who were locked in while the likes of Kevin Young, Brian Giles, Jack Wilson, Freddie Sanchez, G.I. Jones, Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan (pre-Tony Plush), Aramis Ramirez, Ian Snell, Salomon Torres and Kip Wells labored to protect our fragile psyche.
And an extra special nod to those who sit around naming off players like this with their friends, reminiscing about the good(?) 'ol days.
"Yes, I remember when Pokey Reese played for the Pirates. He was the reason so many kids got in trouble for the way they wore their hat in Little League."
Here's to those who Flintstone-started the NEW Pirates bandwagon in the 2010's- all are welcome aboard as far as I'm concerned.
For the line to wrap around the block again will require effort, and not just from the fans and players who have stayed steadfast in their approach.
It's time quite frankly, to spend some money.
And please understand the realistic fan isn't expecting the Pirates to spend like the Yankees, given the current financial structure in the Major Leagues.
#PiratesPositiveThinking will prevail, eventually.
And as painful as it can be as fans, we'll be here every step of the way.
"If you build it, they will come."
Alex Womer hosts The SportsBlitz from 4-6 p.m. weekdays in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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