The Pittsburgh Pirates streak of losing seasons!!!!!
There was an interesting write up in the Post-Gazette by beat reporter Dejan Kovacevic that recapped the history making night against the Mets. The best quote...
"Three more years, and it could drink away some of the pain."
As far as streaks go, it is now the longest in baseball history...wait, did I say baseball? I meant to say in any of the top four sports in North America. To compound matters, the Pirates are now the only team in baseball with four 10-game losing pitchers and another that was demoted at 9 loses (Charlie Morton). All these events in the wake of the Pirates "releasing of the books" for the last year's finances saying they made a $5 million profit!! Sadly, that is less than both 2008 and 2007.
I am not going to get into the ridiculousness of baseball finances but will simply point to the pillar of all things spending related and that is the NY Yankees organization. Bottom line?? If you want a winner, you have to pay a winner. At this point, there is really no reason for the Pirates to increase their payroll. They are so bad, the only thing they would do is become mediocre. My solution is to sit on the money, wait till some of these young prospects develop, try to compete with the sub par teams, then spend the money so they can at least rise above .500.
So now the streak is old enough to buy tobacco, adopt a child, get married/divorced without parents consent, start a 401K in their own name, and operate the compactor at their minimum wage job. I can't wait to see who the streak votes for in November now that it can legally vote. My vote goes for new ownership.