Seriously, why don't we talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates being cursed?

The team hasn't had a winning season since 1992. A lot of that has been due to horrible decisions. But even with horrible decisions, it's hard to go that long without a winning season, unless you've got some bad luck involved.

The Pirates have had their lucky years. There was the Freak Show. There was the 2011 team that captured first place in mid-July. Each team had a shot at a winning record, and each team collapsed late in the year. The '97 team was 66-64 on August 24th, then went on a 5-14 stretch which did in any chance of a winning season. The 2011 team was 53-47 in late July, then lost 12 of their next 13 games, including ten games in a row in early August.

That all started with the Jerry Meals game, an...

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