The Pirates clinched their 18th straight losing season last night against the Mets, leading Post-Gazette beat reporter Dejan Kovacevic to begin his game writeup this way:â†µ
The streak, the singular defining trait of this franchise's current state, fair or not, is now older than most of the team's recent draft picks. If it were a living entity, it would be old enough to drive, to vote, even to serve in the Armed Forces.â†µ
Three more years, and it could drink away some of the pain.â†µ
Just for fun, here's a full list of the things the Pirates' streak of losing seasons can do now that it's an adult. I'm sure it will especially appreciate the right to vote, since it has now lived through three presidents. The Bucs' last winning season was in 1992, when George H.W. Bush was still in office. The losing streak outlasted all of the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, and is now well into the Obama administration.