Pirates end streak of 20 straight losing seasons
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not finished a winning record since 1992, but Tuesday night that streak was broken.
1992 may seem like a lifetime ago now. Let’s refresh everyone’s memory of the events of that year to show you just how long ago it was. George H. W. Bush was still our nation’s president, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-American team to win the World Series, the Redskins won the Super Bowl that year, and Tony La Russa was manager of the year with the Oakland Athletics. It was this year that the Pirates beat out the Montreal Expos by nine games to win the National League East, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Pirates are sitting pretty with a record of 81-57, but the team has its sights set higher than just a winning record. according to The Associated Press, Charlie Morton won his fourth consecutive decision to help the Pirates retake the NL Central lead with a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Then on Tuesday, pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth, leading to a 4-3 win over the Brewers, giving Pittsburgh its 81st win. This team has hopes of not only making the playoffs, but making some noise in the postseason.
For the first time in 20 years, Pittsburgh sports fans can say their Pirates are relevant. This year, Pirates fans will finally be able to watch their team compete in the MLB playoffs. It has been way too long and the Pirates faithful deserve a chance to watch their team in October.