Baseball is a long season. There are highs and there are lows. The Pittsburgh Pirates captivated a nation this summer by claiming first place toward the end of July.
Then along came a trip to Atlanta and a 19-inning ballgame, featuring a very high-profile blown call by an umpire that resulted in a loss, and then... well... things just haven't quite been the same for those Pirates since
Enter Murphy's Law. (Whatever can go wrong... will.)
As of Aug. 6, they had gone 1-11 since that fateful night and plummeted right out of contention in the N.L. Central Division.
Bad starting pitching. Bad hitting. Bad fielding. Bad bullpen. Bad luck.
Well, here are eight bad reasons for their misfortune.
Badly written, of course...