Found July 02, 2013 on The Sports Post:
We have seen this scene before in Pittsburgh. The last two seasons, they have started off hot, building false confidence in their fan base that for the first time in two decades their Pirates were again relevant.  In 2011, they won more than 70 games for the first time since 2004, but with a 72-90 record, their losing season streak marched on to 19 straight years. In 2012, they went 59-44 from April through July, looking poised to break the consecutive losing seasons steak, but they collapsed in the end of the season, finishing 20-39. And the streak lives on. Twenty years of embarrassment, pain, and a whole lot of losses -- that is what Pirates fans have had to endure, but this season, the Pirates are back in the spotlight in the early months of the season, and this time around, Pirates fans have reason to be optimistic that the third time will finally be the charm.  One of those reasons is that not only are the Pirates off to a hot start this season, they are off to the BEST sta...
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