Topic: Pittsburgh Pirates

September 28, 2014

Every irritating thing you've heard about Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh's bunt-happy and resolutely ancient-school manager, is true. Here's how one Pirates fan figured out how to deal with it.

June 10, 2014

Super-prospect Gregory Polanco is finally on his way to Pittsburgh. How and why this well-deserved call took so long to come has a lot to do with MLB's broken Super Two system, but also something to do with the micro-scale workaday weirdness of the Pirates.

April 22, 2014

The search for an acceptable level of on-field baseball swagger continues, and players continue to get in actual fights about it. This is not as bad as it sounds.

October 10, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates season had to end eventually, and it ended on Wednesday night with the team helpless before Adam Wainright in St. Louis. At least it ends in, and with, some real hope. That's not a small thing after twenty years of nothing but hope.

October 2, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates won a game in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. It all felt a lot more natural than it should've. Let's try to be cool about this, somehow.

September 24, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be in the playoffs. Everyone is welcome back into the cathedral, the exorcism is over.

September 5, 2013

After two decades of not doing it, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish this season with a winning record, and quite possibly in the playoffs. It's a lot to take in. In a good way.

July 16, 2013

By most reasonable assessments, the Pittsburgh Pirates really and truly are a good baseball team after 20 years of really and truly not being one. There's no harm in believing that, right? Um, right?

July 10, 2013

A frank colloquy on productive outs, unproductive PED investigations, sleepy free-associating announcers and the ongoing search of Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers for someone, anyone, in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse who will punch him in the nose.

July 5, 2013

It has never been easier to believe in the Pittsburgh Pirates than it is at the moment. It feels strange, and pretty great.