So, we all know how horrible it's been to be a Pirates fan for the past 20 years. You know, 20 years? As in, 20 years without a winning season? Last year looked like our
year—but, it wasn't. We came close, though. "Finally, seemingly overnight, times have changed. Attendance is soaring. A winning season is guaranteed. And, as they head into a critical series this weekend against the Cincinnati Reds, the once-lowly Pirates are assured a playoff spot barring an epic collapse down the home stretch as the season heads to a close on Sept. 29."
"'The Buccos are just killing it this year,' says fan JJ Cardinale who, along with her friend Melissa Spynda, has attended 20 games this season dressed as pierogies, a staple of the many Polish-Americans in the Pittsburgh area. Cardinale and Spynda have already purchased playoff tickets, though the Pirates probably need several wins to lock down a wild-card berth or upend first-place St. Louis for the division championship."
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