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First Pitch: I Miss the Astros, But Not the Reminder They Bring

First Pitch: I Miss the Astros, But Not the Reminder They Bring

It's weird seeing things from the other side. About six years ago the Pirates were exactly where the Houston Astros are right now. They were in complete rebuild mode, trying to build up a depleted farm system, and looking horrible in the majors. There's no hope in the short-term, and it may take a few years before the Astros have any hope for the long-term.

When the Astros moved to the AL West this year, it meant the Pirates lost an opponent that they went 12-5 against last year. The Pirates were the Milwaukee Brewers and the Astros were the Pittsburgh Pirates. The next chapter in that book came tonight when the Pirates won on a walk off error. Bases loaded, two outs, 3-2 pitch. Russell Martin pops it up, Houston pitcher Edgar Gonzalez immediately celebrates, and then two fielders colli...

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