The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dejan Kovacevic recently held a question and answer session with Jim Tracy. Here's a snippet of that exchange:
Q: Can the Pirates contend in the Central Division this year?
A: You know what? Who knows? I don't like getting involved in predictions, so I won't. But I will say this: I think we're very capable of picking up where we left off in 2006.
We've got some young players here who have been playing in the big leagues long enough to understand what this is all about. They've seen it. They get it. They understand that there has to be a measure of consistency and unselfishness.
Are we capable of doing that? I think the answer to that is yes. But where does that put us in relation to the Central Division? I think that's why you go out there and take the field ...