Right before the 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates began, I predicted that they would again more than likely earn another wild card spot as one of the “middle of the pack” teams from the blood, sweat and tears soaked MLB NL Central Division.
On April 16, the Bucs won-loss record was 7-8 and they were just 4 games out of the top spot in the division. On May 1, I got the “sniffles” because the Pirates were 10-18, 8 games below .500 and 9 games out of first place. On May 16, I reluctantly pressed my way to the linen closet reaching not for my “terrible towel” but instead dragging out the ole “crying” towel because at that juncture in the season, the Pirates were sporting a lofty 17-23 record and were still just a “mere” 9 games removed from the top rung in the division.
At that point there were many fans and a even a few folks with press credentials that were saying both publicly and privately that the Pirates “ascension” during their 2013 campaign might have been an anomaly; some were even crude enough to define their success of the previous year as a “fluke.” Now that the Pirates are raising the “Jolly Roger” more often than not nowadays the “fans and the furious” are now beginning to feel their damn oats.