If the weather had just cooperated and it had rained a little harder, the City of Pittsburgh could have been spared the ignominy of watching it's beloved Pirates slouch their way to the record breaking seventeenth straight losing season. Alas, it was not to be, and the literally dozens of Pirates fans were disappointed once again.
To give you perspective since the last time the Pirates had a winning season: George Bush was president, the economy was in the crapper, and a new Democratic president was about to unveil an ambitious universal health care proposal.
My how things have changed.
There's only one last, desperate hope for the Pirates now*: becoming ironic.
The Pirates need to become the Pabst Blue Ribbon of Baseball -- the team that people root for because it's anti-establishment to root for. The team that you can look down on other fans and say "I don't buy your baseball snobbery, I'm just here to watch baseball" in the most conspicuous way possible. Like trucker caps and skinny jeans, the Pirates can be uncool enough to be cool. And maybe, if we get enough people to ironically root for the Pirates, even if they do spend the next 17 years sucking harder than an anteater with a vacuum, we won't mind.
'Cause, you know, we were rooting for them before it became cool to root for them.
*Well, I mean, outside of firing the owners, management, and trying to develop real talent, instead of selling it off for "players-to-be-named-later. Or even outside of everyone in Pittsburgh pooling their money and buying out the ownership and taking collective ownership like in Green Bay WI.