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Great news, because while Morton looked like the clear #3 starter in a playoff series, with the injury it might have to be Cole. And I'm increasingly comfortable with that possibility.
1 year, 4 months ago on Neal Huntington on Gerrit Cole
Ah, the Freak Show. I remember it well. $9 million payroll, I think it was? Lot of fuss about it being the first time (I might be misremembering this part) that a single player made more than an entire team, too, I believe. I chuckle now thinking about how shamelessly the front office trumpeted the playoff drive, even though it only happened because the division was so bad (the phrase "NL Comedy Central" sticks in my mind), with radio commercials talking about the "Bucs' pennant drive."
1 year, 4 months ago on 80 wins
Not only did we go 7-4 in those 11 games, but two of those losses were really, really dinky/flukey/flimsy/pick a synonym.
1 year, 4 months ago on Game 136: Cardinals 7 Pirates 2
@Eephus It's the pennant race equivalent of owning fantasy players on other teams. It's not natural, I tell you!
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 121: Pirates 6 Diamondbacks 2
@PatStuart I'm pretty sure it's all in good fun. The meaner it sounds, the more obvious the jest.
@Bud1368 Hey, whaddya know, the "mental midgets" came right back and won the next game comfortably. Weird. It's almost like you can't make predictions about baseball through armchair psychoanalysis!
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 118: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3
@Bud1368 You can't glean someone's mental toughness from a handful of baseball games, Professor X. And if you could, I wonder why you'd arbitrarily discount all the come-from-behind wins, anyway. Everything that fits the Narrative of Doom is amplified and everything that doesn't is discarded.
Good call. I've been wrestling with this same back-and-forth. I keep thinking in terms of regression, but then, sometimes it doesn't happen. Sometimes it happens next year. When you put a decent team together, sometimes they're good AND a little lucky, and the luck is contained within a single season. And you make the playoffs. And then you pinch yourself.A lot.
1 year, 8 months ago on Game 54: Pirates 1 Tigers 0
"What are we all doing with our lives?"
Whatever it is, it ain't livin'.
2 years, 4 months ago on Game 155: Reds 1 Pirates 0
Not only did we win, but MacDonald shut down the fourth best offense in all of baseball. Very, very encouraging.
2 years, 5 months ago on A couple of days away | August 2012
@wkkortas I would have, too. But then, that's kind of like saying you should keep rolling the dice on DEAL OR NO DEAL because, hey, "I came here with nothing."
2 years, 5 months ago on Parallel realities | August 2012