Remember back before the 2011 season started, when the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off a 57-105 season, easily making them the worst team in the majors? Remember when the debate was "will they lose 100 games again in 2011"? Remember when the only sign of hope was "the 2008 Rays went from worst to first".
Now the Pirates sit in sole possession of first place in the NL Central. The debate is "who should they add at the deadline". And speaking of those 2008 Rays:
-The 2008 Rays won on July 18th, putting them half a game in first place in the AL East. They wouldn't relinquish that spot for the remainder of the year.
-The 2011 Pirates won last night, on July 18th, putting them half a game in first place in the NL Central.
Yes, the Rays had been in first place before, whi...
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