Last night the Old Soldier (that’s me) assumed his favorite position: on his back on the sofa with two fat pillows under his weary head. I sipped beer and listened to the Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals on the radio.
It’s a great time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are in training camp and the Pirates have the best record in Major League Baseball. You have to understand why baseball fans in this city are so excited about this Pirates team. The Pirates organization has not had a winning season in 20 years. We are all holding our collective breathes; because not only does this look like a winning season, but a place in the playoffs is a real possibility. That’s how good this season’s Pirates team is.
For twenty years the Pirates found ways to lose. Finally, the team is finding ways to win.
Raise the Jolly Roger!
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