Kansas City Royals make the cover of SI. And the Pirates are profiled in ESPN the Mag? Is the world right side up or upside down?
Actually, while the SI article featured Greinke, the future of pitching in the MidWest, ESPN Mag had it in their hearts to chronicle Pirates futility over the last 16 seasons. Yes, it will be 17 years since the Buccos came up short in the 1992 NLCS come this October. The Worldwide Leader thought it appropriate to outline these hard lessons of losing. Thanks Bristol, CT!
Well, the Pirates sit now 3 games below .500. After a big win tonight over the Cubbies, the Bucs are only 6 games out of first place. I mean, was NOW the time for ESPN to bring out the big 17 season guns? Couldn’t they have at least waited until after the All-Star break?
No they couldn’t.
And just when it looked liked perhaps – just perhaps – there was a reverse ESPN Mag curse, when it looked like maybe ESPN saying we would finish below .500 actually meant that we would finish ABOVE .500, Matt Capps takes a liner off his pitching elbow and has to leave the game.
Thanks to Geovany Soto, the Pirates may have just lost their closer for an extended period of time – x-rays pending.
These things happen though on Pirate Planet. Pirates down the Cubs. Freddy Sanchez goes 6 for 6 (raising his average to .320) in the win. Matt Capps nailed in the pitching elbow.
Just when you think it can only get better, fate has a way of stepping in.
As the title of the ESPN article tells us: That was then, this (sigh) is now.
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Written by David Fulco