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First Pitch: Murphy’s Law and James McDonald in the Rotation

First Pitch: Murphy’s Law and James McDonald in the Rotation

James McDonald had a great first half and a horrible second half in 2012.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have a tendency to expect the worst. It's not really any fault of their own. In the last 20 years, pretty much every bad thing that could possibly happen to the team has happened. You reach a point where the team looks like a true contender in July, to the point where you actually believe it. Then the team has one of the worst collapses ever in the final two months of the year. It's almost like the Pirates are a living example of Murphy's Law.

The problem is that some Pirates fans take it too far. They allow Murphy's Law to be their reality. Expecting anything other than the worst possible outcome is foolish and optimistic. It's only realistic if you're expecting the worst. Again, you can't blame these fans. We've seen the worst outcomes in a great majority of situations over the last 20 years. But that doesn't mean every situation going forward will only end up as the worst case sce...

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