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Pirates fans are a strange breed. Most are fans of the other very successful teams in Pittsburgh, so to discuss their historic futility over the past 20 years is strange. Any fan under the age of 25 has no idea what it’s like to root for a winning baseball team. There is an inherent fatalism of Pirates fans, particularly those of the younger variety. Everything, no matter how good it appears to be, will end up crashing and burning in often horrific fashion.

In episode 48, Adam is joined by his college buddy and fellow Pirate fan Grant Burkhardt (while Anthony is doing his best Vinny Chase impersonation in L.A.) to discuss this year’s team. As of Wednesday night, the Pirates are an incredible 18 games over .500 and are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in baseball. Yet their optimism is tempered by the aforementioned fatalism that leaves Pirates’ fans perpetually waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Adam and Grant discuss the importance of Pedro Alvarez, concerns about the pitching staff, swoon over Andrew McCutchen and share stories from days of Pirates yore. Want your voice to be heard on the Pirates? Send us an e-mail or call into the show. (Glance to your right, you’ll see the info.) And vote on the poll below!

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