17 awesome things about the Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates advanced to the NLDS on Tuesday with their 6-2
 win over the Reds at PNC Park. If you haven’t been following baseball
this season, feel free to read that sentence a few more times to let it
sink in. The Pirates won 94 games in 2013 en route to a Wild Card berth
in their first winning season since 1992.

Now that you’ve come to grips with the Pirates being awesome, here are 17 awesome things about the Pittsburgh Pirates:

1. The streak is over!

The Pirates’ run of futility was the longest in American professional sports. It started after Barry Bonds left the team for free agency following the 1992 season, and featured countless lowlights
 — like former manager Lloyd McClendon stealing first base and going
home. All over now. The Pirates are just a bunch of winning winners who
win.

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