We all know the story; the Pittsburgh Pirates have had nineteen straight losing seasons. Ever since Sid Bream went sliding safely into home plate to capture Game 6 of the NLCS in '92, the Pirates have lost. Fans of the team know nothing else. 2011, though, showed flashes of what could be, and expect that to carry over into 2012.
The Pirates will be surrounded early with the usual doubt. Jumping into first place after the first week, or even the first month, will be accompanied by the same pessimism that we are all too familiar with. This year, however, the Buccos will avoid a 2011-like collapse.
Not only will we hear Greg Brown and Tim Neverett "Raise the Jolly Roger" more than 81 times, it will be raised in October as well. You heard me correct. The Pittsburgh Pirates will ride the Cinderella card all the way to a Wild Card birth, and PNC Park will see its first ever playoff game.