One of my biggest pet peeves is the following phrase:

"You weren't around in the 1970s, so you don't know what a winning team should do."

I'm 27 years old.  I was born in 1983, so I missed all of the Pirates' World Series titles.  I was 8-9 years old when the Pirates were contenders in the early 90s.  If the only team I had a chance to follow was the Pirates, I wouldn't have any experience with how winning teams act.

Fortunately, baseball has 29 other teams, and crowns a champion every year.  So while the Pirates haven't had many opportunities in my lifetime to show what winning teams should do, I've had an example every year in my life to go by.  That said, there are times when I feel that some Pirates fans only follow the Pirates, and don't pay attention to how things are done a...

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