82 wins' meaning I
For the first time in a generation, our Pittsburgh Pirates are winners again! All the suffering, the failed trades and the late-season collapses of 2011 and 2012 — it's all over. Pirates fans throughout the world rejoice with a collective “Hallelujah!”
While current Buccos try to pass their winning season off as a minor accomplishment, I feel the Pirates' faithful should be partying like they're at a South Side bar. We are rejuvenated, thrilled with the on-field product as well as with having competent ownership that doesn't elect to trade productive young assets for semiretired journeymen like Matt Morris.
We have witnessed teams with promise, featuring the likes of Oliver Perez, Jason Bay and a young Jose Bautista, that failed to raise the Jolly Roger 82 times in a season. My generation was born into the losing culture, witnessing numerous 10-0 routs at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals during our childhoods.
This organization has come such a long way, and much credit is due to the Pirates' loyal fans for sticking by the team's side for two decades of futility. While players remain focused on the pennant chase, we have earned the right to go out and celebrate win number 82.