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@DGL I'm guessing that black's presence in Africa and Europe is only to prevent blue and green from getting the continent bonuses rather than being an immediate attempt at a takeover. With a powerful Brazil, black could be in pretty good shape against green & blue. Red could be tricky, though. And we don't know when the shot was taken. There's plenty there we don't know about, Just like the draft!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/a-few-more-thoughts-on-cole-tucker-and-the-pirates-draft-strategy.html
That's exactly the "longer history" I referred to. I growled at the decision to bring in Giusti at that point with a perfectly functional Hernandez pitching. I was just pointing out that there was a background to the 1990-1992 fiascos, and it revolved absolutely around the Reds. I think we're on the same page here. BTW, under the circumstances, I thought the decision to bring in Moose was the right one. It just didn't work out. I must say, though, that I don't agree with your "To heck with 1990" statement. That clearly was related to the long Pitt/Cincy history.
1 year ago on NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2
Hasn't anyone commented that for some of us (well, those not too short in the tooth), this season represents, finally, a return to the norm? Balance is restored in the universe! The Pirates and Reds duking it out in the playoffs, albeit, this time, with the Bucs on top! Some people suggest that the Braves have been the Pirates' bane, but longer history shifts that title unarguably to those guys from the Queen City. They put the monkey on the back of the Bucs in 1990, and Atlanta was merely the beneficiary. How ironic that, in 1990-1, the Pirates, with such lefty power, poised to face right-handed pitching in the WS, had to first win a series against arguably the strongest left-handed pitching in the league. Now, the lefty Reds faced a similar challenge in Mr. Liriano. Welcome poetic justice, I say.