Recognize the guy in that picture? That's Barry Bonds, the all-time home run king. That picture is from 1992, which was the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season. Bonds left after that season to sign with the San Francisco Giants, and it was all downhill in Pittsburgh from there.
If the Pittsburgh Pirates streak of consecutive losing seasons were a person, it would be old enough to vote.
It would have a driver's license, and if it were male, would have to have register for the draft.
If it were a person, it would be getting ready for college.
That's how long it has been since the Pirates have been losing baseball games.
The last time the Pirates had a winning season work was just beginning on a new ballpark in Cleveland (Jacob's Field); Jeffrey Dahmer pleaded guilty by reason of insanity for killing and eating people in Wisconsin; the Washington Redskins were the champions of the NFL; and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive time.
Sure, the citizens of Pittsburgh have seen their share of futility. The Steelers were no good for their first 40 years and the Penguins took more than 20 years to win their first Stanley Cup. In recent times, however, Pittsburghers have grown accustomed to a certain level of competency.
Sadly, the Pirates are not living up to the high expectations of the City of Champions.
On this, the day that the Pirates awaken to find they are above .500 in May, let's have a look at each year and see where the low point was as this new season filled with high hopes begins.