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First Pitch: The Year the Pirates Finally Add a Rival

First Pitch: The Year the Pirates Finally Add a Rival

Are the Reds the biggest rival for the Pirates?

Way back when the Pittsburgh Pirates were added to the NL Central, they were robbed of a lot of natural rivalries. The Philadelphia Phillies being the big one. The Atlanta Braves, although that would have probably led to a 300% increase in Sid Bream highlights each season. It would even be easy to have a rivalry with the New York Mets or the Washington Nationals (especially if the Penguins/Capitals fans bring the Pittsburgh/Washington feud to baseball).

Yet the Pirates have been stuck in the NL Central without any real rivals. Part of that is the move. Another part is that it's hard to have a rivalry when you're horrible year after year. The Pirates beat up on the Astros and get destroyed by the Brewers. That has been the story for the last several years.

There have been some sparks. Take the Brewers, for example. The Dave Kerwin incident. Crying Braun. But it's hard to tell if that's a rivalry that started when Randall Simon sta...

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