First Pitch: The Bar Has Been Raised; Is a Winning Season Assumed?

First Pitch: The Bar Has Been Raised; Is a Winning Season Assumed?

Pirates fans have been trained to expect the worst over the last 20 years. If anything can go wrong, it probably has gone wrong for the team. For that reason, Pirates fans can't appreciate good things. The 2012 season is a good thing. The Pirates are legit contenders, and one of the best teams in the majors. Yet Pirates fans can't fully enjoy that, because they're too busy focusing on when the eventual downfall will come, or wondering how the Pirates could possibly be contenders.

Most of us came in to this season expecting a similar result to last season. Some expected the Pirates to regress from last year. Some expected a slight improvement. Some of the more optimistic fans might have expected a winning season. But I don't think many people were expecting the Pirates to have one of the better records in the league. And now, I'm not sure if we know how to react to normal things that happen to baseball teams.

Take for example this past two weeks. The Pirates went 1-2 against the Reds,...

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