Found April 21, 2013 on This Is Getting Old:
I get accused of being negative.  A lot. Right now I’m going to do something a little different because the past two games have really impressed me. The positives. The biggest positive I’m seeing right now is that the Pirates are winning these games completely.  As a fanbase we often say things like, “well sure…
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