This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it's a topic I've been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm system for so many years, and is now seeing a winner at the major league level.

For so many years, the focus of Pirates fans has been the future. Any prospect you talked about was in the context of "He can help in X years". If a prospect was coming up that year, the conversation was "if they don't extend him, then he'll be gone before the team ever wins". It was clear that ...

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