Found December 30, 2011 on Where Is Andy Van Slyke:
This is probably a sad indictment of my existence as a Pirate fan, but when every year starts my general hopes for the Pirates can be boiled down thusly: I hope that they're not too embarrassingly terrible and I hope that whatever happens over the course of the next 365 days gets them closer to a future in which I can have Pirate-related-hopes that aren't so depressing. Usually the Pirates fall short even on that front and they do it in predictable fashion. 2011, though, was a lot different. As usually happens, though, I managed to talk myself into the 2011 edition of the Pirates, at least a little, by the time spring training had ended. When I did my usual round of season previews along with radio and podcast interviews about the team, my position had evolved into something like, "Well, the Pirates are going to be pretty bad this year and there's no chance they're going to win much of anything, but at least they're very young and built around a core group o...
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