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First Pitch: Is ‘Collapse’ the Correct Term?

First Pitch: Is ‘Collapse’ the Correct Term?

I have a few issues with the term "collapse" that is being thrown around a lot lately. The first issue is that the word is being mentioned as if something is final. It's a hyperbolic way of saying the team has been playing poorly the last month. It's not enough to just say the team has been playing bad. You've got to get dramatic about it.

The word collapse suggests that the team has collapsed, or that they're in the process of collapsing, which suggests that a collapse is inevitable. The truth is that the team hasn't collapsed. They might be in the process of collapsing, but there's still enough time for them to get back on track and win. In all of the losing, they're still within reach of the playoffs. Despite the recent losing, there has also been losing from St. Louis and Los Angeles. No one is running away with the second wild card spot. Yet we don't hear about the Cardinals or Dodgers collapsing.

There's probably not a lot of optimism that the Pirates can turn things around, an...

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