Anyone who has had the pleasure, or displeasure, of reading The Show Speak over the last few years understands the Pittsburgh Pirates are my Achilles heal when it comes to predictions – and it is not like I am some sort of a Nate Silver protege.
The Pirates are the primary reason I am formally scared scarred from making baseball predictions.
In March of 2011, I mentioned in The Show Speak 2011 baseball preview there was no way the Pirates would have a winning season. Quote: I’ll be the Pirates Parrot for Halloween 2011 if the Pirates have a winning season.
The Pirates teased baseball for the first half of the season, however, they comfortably cruised to a 72-90 record in 2011 – keeping me from going to the birds.
Going into the 2012 season, I thought the Pirates may have a chance to crack 81 wins, which would have been their first winning season in 20 years. My friends told me in no uncertain terms to quit chirping and not be weak, back it up with your beak.
No problem – the Pirates were entering the 2012 season with one of baseball’s brightest stars, Andrew McCutchen, and they play in a division that housed two of the worst baseball teams in Major League Baseball – the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.
My bird brain thoughts chirped if the Pirates were going to crack the 81 win mark for the first time in two decades, this was the year.
So, as many avid readers are familiar with, I hiked, hopped and paraded around the Phoenix metro area wearing some sort of Parrot outfit on October 31, 2012.
And now, in 2013 the Pirates, winners of nine straight, exactly half way through the season, the Bucs own the best record in baseball at 51-30.
How are they doing it?
Well one can insinuate the Pirates NL leading ERA (earned run average), baseball’s best defensive efficiency, and timely hitting is the key to their success.
However, make no mistake about it. The specific reason the Pirates losing season streak curse will come to an end in 2013 is a direct derivative of me shaking my tail feathers Halloween 2012 around the Phoenix metro area.
I’m not asking for playoff share dollars from the Pirates organization-yet.