The Pirates finished their season tonight, and that season was a success. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Success is a subjective term. It can have many meanings, depending on what you consider "successful". When it comes to baseball, you can use different milestones to mark success. One milestone I've never liked is the idea that the only successful team is the one that wins the World Series.

The goal for every team is to win the World Series, and only one team can win each year. But other teams can have a successful season without winning it all. And I think the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates are one of those teams.

I have zero interest in recapping the final game of the year. The Pirates lost 6-1, and they were eliminated in Game 5 of the NLDS. Instead, let's focus on that last part.

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