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The Pirates clinch their 19th straight losing season

Sep 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

Charlie Morton

There was a time this summer — maybe for about two weeks — when everyone was high on the Pirates. It was damn nigh magical. Some considered them a contender. I wasn’t quite that optimistic, but I did wonder whether they could at least break .500 and thus break their string of uninterrupted losing seasons dating back to the George H.W. Bush Administration.  It’s sad.  The future is at least a little brighter than it used to be, but it’s still sad.

For the record, the 82nd loss came against the Cardinals, who rode a decent start from Edwin Jackson and got a single, double and a couple of RBIs from Yadier Molina as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 3-2.  Unfortunately for the Cardinals the Braves won too, taking the Marlins down 4-1 in a game that ended before I even realized that it had begun.  Viva day baseball.

The Braves continue to lead the Cards by four and a half in the wild card. The Braves have 12 games left. The Cardinals have 13.

  1. icanspeel - Sep 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I admire Pirates fans for keeping strong through all the losing years. I’d have to say they are the definition of true fans.

    • paperlions - Sep 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Tickets sold (attendance was less) for today’s game in Pittsburgh: 12,520

      Last night it was 16,544.

      Stay strong.

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      oh and us cubs fans get no credit at all drawing 35-40 thousand a game with 103(4) years without a WS?

    • florida76 - Sep 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      Good point, and especially those Pirate fans under 30 years old, who only remember the three consecutive NL East division winners of 1990-92. It must be extremely difficult to maintain loyalty, especially since 1997 was the last season of contention.

      It’s definitely easier for older Pirate fans to keep the faith, since they have strong memories of the world championships, division titles, and outstanding players of the past.

  2. stairwayto7 - Sep 14, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Thanks for ruinign our season Jerry Meals!!!

  3. adowding3 - Sep 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I said it then and I was scorned. But that loss to the Braves killed this season.

    • bravesman1983 - Sep 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      But surely you understand how much the Pirates played over their heads during the first half of the season . . . right?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:04 AM

      We’ll never know what might have happened if MLB had a sensible replay challenge system and that game had gone to the 20th. Thanks Bud for continuing to prevent the implementation of a method to protect the integrity of the game. Sorry Pittsburgh.

  4. florida76 - Sep 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Reality just caught up to the Pirates, who won only 57 games in 2010. Injuries also played a role in the disappointing play beginning in August, the club was forced to use seven catchers this season. At least for the first time since 1997, the club was a serious playoff contender after the All-Star break. Bottom line, there has been real progress this season, both on and off the field, but much work remains. The good news was the increased attendance in 2011, and this is still a storied franchise with a gorgeous stadium in a division without a dominant payroll team.

    Another club with a winning tradition, the Orioles, aren’t far behind with 14 straight losing seasons.

  5. heyzeus143 - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    when the day comes that they actually win that division it will be pandemonium in PNC Park, it’s coming

  6. cosanostra71 - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    they may not have a winning record this year, but they looked better while losing! I think they have hope for next year.

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