Sure, the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. But the Pirates haven't won one since 1979. And to Pittsburgh fans in their 30s or younger, there's really little difference between a 103-year-old championship drought and a 32-year-old one. It's been a lifetime either way.
But at least the Cubs have been contenders in the current millennium. In the two decades since the Pirates last finished with a winning record (1992), the Cubs have been to the playoffs four times—and as recently as 2008.
Still, for the second July in a row, the Pirates find themselves unexpectedly fighting for first place in the NL Central and pulling a bandwagon that's heavier than usual. However, unlike last season (which ended in more heartbreak for those in black and gold), there are a few more reasons to believe in this year's version of the Buccos.