Found October 15, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
It’s a shame the Pirates came up a game short in the NLDS and couldn’t advance in the playoffs, but one thing that has struck me since then is that fans hardly seem to be devastated. Sure, it hurts watching the NLCS, knowing the Pirates were one swing of the bat away from being there (against a Dodgers team that is ice cold at the plate all of a sudden). No, we don’t know that the Bucs will have another opportunity like that anytime soon. But there certainly seems to be an overwhelming sentiment that there is more to come for the Pirates, and that they weren’t just some one-year Cinderella team. The main reason for that is the simple fact that the vast majority of the team will be back next year. This offseason will be unlike any in the past 20 years; the Pirates will be legitimately viewed as contenders, and fans will be anticipating another playoff run. To get to that point, the Bucs have several key decisions to make, even though the core of the team will remain in place for 2014...
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