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Joel Hanrahan Asks Pirates Fans To Stick Around

Joel Hanrahan wants Pirates fans to maintain their interest in the team despite its recent struggles.

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Pirate fans, stick with us, just a small bump in the road over 50 to go still, BELIEVE! We will get back on track!!!

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Ironically, Hanrahan has mostly been a forgotten man during the Pirates' recently losing streak, which has the team at one game below .500, as Clint Hurdle has declined to use him in close games that didn't involve save situations.

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The Pirates have one more game against a bad Cubs team (bad, even though they've beaten the Pirates in each of the first three games of their series) and then three more against a bad Padres team. That's as clear a chance to get back on track as the Bucs are likely to get. Let's hope Hanrahan can help lead the Bucs to a few wins in that span, or more fans will indeed hop off the bandwagon.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.