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1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 1

1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 1

The 1979 Fam-A-Lee was given all sorts of well deserved attention during the 25th anniversary of their magical run. Now it is time to celebrate a team that did nothing: the 1985 Pirates. Why? Because I was 14 during the 1985 season. When I was 14 I was innocent. I was devoid of cynicism. I used to wear my Pirates Fun Food pins on my jacket to school. Salaries and payrolls were somewhat modest. Steroids were for football players. The Pirates lacked talent and it showed in their record, but the team began to take shape and the future seemed brighter.
Maybe it's just me and maybe I'm nostalgic. Things that surround us in the pop culture world were always better when we were younger. To quote William Hurt's character from The Big Chill, "We were great then and we're (poop) now?" I wouldn't say that. But I would say that baseball was nearing the end of what I consider to be its best ever age - 1978 to 1987. Consider:
1. Parity - between 1978 and 1987 no single team was victorious in more th...

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