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  1. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh ye done keelhauled me dreams.

    Comment by Captain Feathersword — August 15, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  2. Ryan Ludwick & The Padres Sweep Curse

    Comment by Roy-Z — August 15, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  3. Great article, I think there is also something to be said for that 19 inning loss. During this stretch of terrible baseball the pirates have played they have also lost several games on the opposing teams last at bat….god damn that 19-inning game…

    Comment by pirate — August 15, 2011 @ 9:45 am

  4. The Pirates should not be “indemnified”? Huh?

    Comment by Jim — August 15, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  5. I didn’t want to be the first to say it, and I’m not even a Pirates fan.

    Comment by Spunky — August 15, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  6. Fixed. It was late.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — August 15, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  7. Great article. As you said, Neal Huntington should be applauded for what he did at the deadline. The buccos have some great pieces in place for the future with Neil Walker, Pedro, and the best centerfielder in baseball Andrew Mccutchen. Hopefully Pedro can figure things out, and Jameson Tallion lives up to expectations. I think with a good offseason and some quality signings, the buccos should have no problem next year breaking the .500 barrier.

    Comment by Blackbeard — August 15, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  8. Just a note: it’s been reported (and at least tacitly acknowledged by Neal Huntington) that Beltran and Carlos Lee both refused to be traded to the Pirates.

    Also, Pence would probably have been a bad acquisition, given his price and his near-certain regression. At best, he’d be the Pirates 3rd-best OF, and it would have cost the team too many prospects.

    Comment by JRoth — August 15, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  9. I was hoping the Pirates would turn it around, I’m a Giants fan and know how it feels to finally turn the corner and win a Championship. If they can finish above .500 it will still be a big step forward.

    Comment by Hurtlocker — August 15, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  10. Its already been a huge step forward, this team won 57 games last year, turning that around to 75 would be a massive one year leap. If not for a ton of injuries to the bats (Tabata, Presley, Alvarez, Doumit, Snyder, etc), who knows if they could have went even further.

    Comment by PiratesHurdles — August 15, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  11. It’d be awesome to see the Pirates win 81 games or more this year.

    Comment by Devon Young — August 15, 2011 @ 11:33 am

  12. It’s a damn shame that they gave up 3 runs in the final two games of the Milwaukee series yet lost both games. Just seems like the pitching and hitting can’t seem to get on the same page. Charlie Morton has been pitching like a man possessed this past month, he deserves a much better fate.

    Comment by Pat — August 15, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  13. Eric must’ve been dealing with lawyers recently…

    Comment by Sean O'Neill — August 15, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  14. Raise the Jolly Roger !!!

    Comment by Bradenton Marauders — August 15, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  15. This. There was a deal in place for Beltran, but he refused to go to the Pirates.

    Comment by Connor — August 15, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  16. I think it is a step in the right direction that people are actually talking about the Pirates again.

    Comment by Captain Feathersword — August 15, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

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