Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 5, 2013

Pirates could present real challenge to Cardinals


A funny thing happened in the sports world while I was on vacation a week ago.

The Pittsburgh Pirates became the best team in baseball.

The Pirates went on a tear and took the top spot away from the St. Louis Cardinals.

For cursory fans of the sport, it might just seem like innocuous mid-summer jostling between two teams. For people who remember anything about the early 1990s in baseball and what has happened to the Pirates since, it's something a bit more significant.

The Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992. But during a three-year run from 1990 to 1992 Pittsburgh won 90-plus games every season. It culminated with their 96 wins in 1992. That set the stage for one of the most memorable moments of baseball's illustrious history.

The Atlanta Braves, another 90s dynasty, clashed with the Pirates in the NLCS. The series went seven games. The Braves won in the most dramatic way possible with little-used Francisco Cabrera knocking a single that scored two-runs and winning the game. Sid Bream scored the final tally and just slide home safely past a a throw from Barry Bonds. A season later Bonds left for San Francisco. The Pirates have been terrible ever since.

Just twice since 1992 have the Pirates even threatened to complete a winning season. Pittsburgh won 79 games in 1997 and again last season.

The Pirates were in a similar situation a year ago. They appeared on their way, not only to a winning season, but also contending for a spot in the playoffs.

It could be a different story this year.

They appear to have a solid blend of offense and pitching. They have several youthful star powering the offense and took a chance on the reclamation project of A.J. Burnett. It's paid off.

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Tom Lindley Sports