How Lucky to Be a Pirates Fan
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
It's a great feeling being a Pirates fan these days.
Pittsburgh's baseball Bucs have finally clinched a spot in the playoffs after two decades of futility that included the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in North American professional sports history.
Pirates fans are lucky to have their small-market team playing into the post season, while some wealthier, perennially successful, big market teams -- like those "damn Yankees" -- sit at home, wondering how could it be. Lucky indeed, for the playoff format allows for only 10 teams -- one in three major league franchises -- to make the cut.
As a life-long Pirates fan, I do consider myself lucky that the team I root for is a winner this year. But more than that, I consider myself lucky to be a Pirates fan period.
It's been a wonderful roller-coaster ride all these years, through -- as legendary sports announcer Jim McCay used to say -- "the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat". Since falling in love with the
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