Tuesday, September 8, 2009


From the Post Gazette-

Pirates unmoved by record 17th losing season
On the fateful fall night in 1992 when Sid Bream made his desperate dash home in Atlanta, so many of those who followed the Pirates had to be fretting: Given Major League Baseball's increasingly imbalanced economics, would this be the franchise's last chance?

They had no idea.

With the final out yesterday afternoon at PNC Park -- a Lastings Milledge flyout that ended a 4-2 flattening by the Chicago Cubs -- the once-proud Pittsburgh Baseball Club recorded its annually anticipated 82nd loss and clinched a 17th consecutive losing season, the longest such streak in the history of North America's four major professional sports. There had been a tie at 16 with the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies.

Amid the steady drizzle, slight chill and an unhealthy representation of Cubs blue among the sparse gathering of 14,673, the setting seemed sublime.

"We can't worry about it. It is what it is," Pirates manager John Russell said of the streak. "Unfortunately, we're not happy with where we are in terms of wins and losses, and we've got a lot of work to do. But we believe in what we're doing. We've developed some very good young players, and we're looking forward to continuing to build. Unfortunately, we can't do anything about the 17 years."

About half the active roster is new to Pittsburgh this season, which might explain several players yesterday being unaware of the streak being extended, including losing pitcher Daniel McCutchen.

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