Friday night's game against Houston had a calming effect of sorts. It returned us to normalcy, I suppose.
The Pirates' seventh consecutive loss left the team with a 40-55 record, finally propelling our black and gold into a statistical dead heat with the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central's basement. The Reds, at 41-56, are also 13.5 games behind first-place Milwaukee entering play Saturday. At 41-55, the Astros are 13 back and in sole possession of fourth place.
What a sorry lot this is.
The game wasn't televised locally in Pittsburgh---why that is, I do not know---and so to get my baseball fix, I was forced to watch the MLB.TV archive version of the FSN Houston feed. I fired up the laptop and planned to watch an inning or three before bed.
Boy oh boy was I surprised.
It's gotten to t...

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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.