Pat from Where have you gone, Andy Van Slyke prominently displays this quote from the legendary center fielder on his blog:
"Every season has its peaks and valleys. What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon."
Pat's banner reminds the casual Pirate fan that we haven't finished with a winning record since 1992. Essentially we're "in the canyon: 14 years and counting." But, for the first time in a long while, there seems to be hope. Fans of the black and gold point to the likes of Freddy Sanchez, Jason Bay, Adam LaRoche and a bevy of talented young pitchers. They say that Castillo, Bautista, Nady, Wilson and Paulino could all play to potential. And Kevin McClatchy said this on Friday at Piratefest:
"Some of the [free agent] contracts, I'm glad we didn't sign some of them....
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