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2012 really seemed like the year for a lot of fans.
The Pirates even won 17 of the 27 games they played in June. Likewise, they won six of their eight games leading up to the All-Star break, giving them a first-half record of 48-37 and putting them atop the NL Central.
In fact, Pittsburgh's luck even continued after the break, as they won nine out of 11 games in late July.
After defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 6, the Pirates were a full 16 games over .500.
It had to be the year! Right?
Well, even after being swept by the Padres and the Brewers, Pittsburgh was still at 70-63 as late as September 2.
But after being swept by both the Cubs and Reds in back-to-back series, the Pirates had fallen to 72-71 by September 14.
Yes, with only weeks remaining, the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates, who had proved themselves repeatedly, completely fell apart.
Another sweep by the Brewers, along with losses against Astros, Mets and Reds, sealed the deal.
Pittsburgh ended 2012 with a 79-83 record, its best season since the "Freak Show" of 1997.
With 20 consecutive losing seasons in the books, it seems a simple fact that the Pirates cannot "count their chickens."
If and when the Bucs make good and end this historic slump, it will likely come with bated breath, perhaps in the last out of the last game of the season.
But when the Pirates do reclaim their spot as one of the greatest teams in baseball history, the fans in Pittsburgh certainly will rejoice.
After all, only real fans hang around for 20 losing seasons in a row.