One of my earliest readers, a devoted Pirates fan, has spent most of the past two decades watching and cheering his team on through thin and thinner (there has been no thick) to the point where it’s amazing he can still come back for more. It’s amazing how masochistic we fans can be.
Anyway, as much despair as I have been in over the final results of the first two games of the first World Series my lifelong favorite team has played in, it took a fan of 2010’s worst team to put the smile back on my face and the optimistic spring back in my step.
Here’s what he sent me in an e-mail yesterday (and Russell, I hope you don’t mind my quoting you today):
1960 World Series. Yankees outscored the Pirates by an obscene margin, but the Pirates won the Series in 7. In 1971 the Pirates lost the first two games to Baltimore and came back to win the Series in 7. In 1979 the Pirates were down 3 games to 1 and came back to win the Series. 1985. The Royals lost the first two games at home, but came back to win the Series in 7. Rangers will come back and win this.