It’s strange. For about two years now, I’ve completely accepted the fact that by the end of the 2009 season, the Pirates will have racked up more consecutive losing than any sports team in any sport in American history. I’ve come to terms with this. It sucks, and I’m not happy with it, but I’ve managed to accept it.
This thing with the Brewers, though? I’m not OK with this. Seventeen straight losses against the same team? How does this happen? Why does it have to be against the Brewers? There have been a lot of things that have happened to the Pirates over the last 17 years that I can’t explain, and this streak against the Brewers still leaves me at a loss for words. I mean, it’s not surprising that Ian Snell fell apart after 80 pitches one start after he threw 130 and it’s not surprising that Jesse Chavez and Evan Meek are coming back to earth a little bit, but why did that all happen in the seventeenth game after we’d already lost sixteen in a row to the Brewers? It’s just inexplicable.
We don’t play them until August, July and I’m probably going to be thinking about this until then.