Walking the aisles at the annual Pirates Fest, one may find that there is a lot of focus on the past. Around Pirates fest one can find the preview of the upcoming promotions, get autographs, play games to win last years giveaways, and celebrate the history of the Pirates.
Its no secret that recently Pirates fans don't want to think about the history of their franchise. After all the Pirates have had seventeen straight losing seasons. Every year there is renewed hope for the first few games. Hope that this season begins the turn around. Every year the Pirates falter.
My friends and I are part of the true Pirates faithful, and would do anything to know for sure if our failed franchise is close to turning things around. During Pirates Fest last Saturday we got our answer from Pirates GM Neal Huntington.
The Pirates GM was walking along the collectibles aisle at the event. My friends and I walked by as he was talking to one of the vendors. We seemed to be the only three fans that realized who was standing before us. When he finished talking to the vendor we approached him.
Huntington was a very nice guy and was glad to share some words with us. We told him how we thought he was doing a good job considering how bad former GMs have screwed up the team and its farm system. One of my friends even threw in a wise crack about Dave Littlefield which made Huntington chuckle.
"You guys are a part of that group that wasn't around but remember I guess." Huntington said about the start of the losing streak.
We expressed to him how much we are looking forward to the future. Before he walked away he thanked us and told us two words that we took very seriously.
"Its coming." he said.
It was something I have heard many times as a Pirates fan, but I can say that I believed him. The confidence in his voice gave my friends and myself chills. The franchise turnaround is happening, and even Neal Huntington believes it.
It may not be this year that the Pirates rise to the top of the N.L. Central division, but they are working towards the future, instead of just planning for it. It is true that this franchise has a lot of work to do before it can be a contender, but if there was ever a time to believe it can happen, its now.
In the words of Neal Huntington regarding the future, "its coming"