There are a lot of good debates to be had about the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates. Will the starting pitching regress, and how much? How much offense do they need to add at the deadline? What should they give up for that offense? Is this current 12-3 stretch legit, or just a fortunate stretch?
Whatever your opinion on those various subjects, I think all Pirates fans can agree that it's good to finally see the Pirates get some national recognition.
A day after moving in to first place, it seemed like everyone was talking about the Pirates. National writers were writing articles about their surprise season. ESPN talked about them on pretty much every show. There may have even been a highlight on SportsCenter. Fans of other teams made tired "Mayan 2012" jokes about the Pirates being in first place. Basically everyone was talking about it in their own way.
I don't personally care as much for the national recognition. I don't watch ESPN, so it doesn't matter to me what they say about the Pirat...
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