Originally posted on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 4/18/12
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in front of yours truly and 19,197 other people on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

The win improved the Pirates to 4-7 and moved their magic number to 77 games in pursuit of achieving my lofty preseason expectations of the Bucs- a non losing season after 19 consecutive losing seasons.

The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate being one game closer to 81 wins
Photo by Craig Turley

March 31, 2012, The Show Speak:  30 Teams in 30 Sentences
Pittsburgh Pirates:  The Pirates will sport a winning record for the first time since Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was popular 20 years ago-- and YES, I will rock the Pirate Parrot costume this year for Halloween if the Pirates do NOT win 81 games.  (tie goes to the writer).

As baseball fans across the country prepare for the Pirates 20th consecutive losing season behind the guidance of Pittsburgh's General Manager Bad Deal Neal (Huntington), keep in mind there is a long season ahead of us.....and that is why they play the game.

Of course, if you glanced at the last four hitters in the Pirates lineup tonight, you would have noticed four major league hitters batting averages below .100 on the young season.

Maybe I should pre order the Parrot costume just in case?

Until Next Time,

Craig Turley

Quick Notes of useless stuff:  John McDonald hit his first career National League home run in the Diamondback loss.  Did you know..... Willie Bloomquist finished 24th in stolen base percentage last year - thanks Jumbo tron stats.  Pedro Alvarez is hitting .042 on the season after his 0-4 night, including a fly out to deep center field in which Chris Young made a tremendous catch crashing into the wall.  Young left the game with a right shoulder contusion and is day to day.  

What size do these things come in?  And where would I order? 

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