With no vested interest in the All-Star festivities, Pirate fans are eager to get started with the season's second half.  (Be honest, you didn't watch the Futures Game to see Steven Pearce, and between last night's derby and this evening's exhibition, the only Pirate involved---Freddy Sanchez---probably doesn't deserve to be there.)
We put together a nice run in the last homestand, and I'm sure fans and players alike would've rather kept going.  The Pirates finally had a little momentum, and now we're in the middle of a four-day vacation.
To kill the time between now and 7:35 on Friday, I've put together a mid-season review of sorts.  It's hard to put a unique spin on this sort of post, as everyone's doing it---there's not much else to write about.
Still, I've done my best.  Rather than go...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.