So if this is what being emotionally invested in a pennant race is like, I'm not sure I'm going to make it to Labor Day.
The Pirates, the losingest losers for the last 20 years, are in first place in the National League Central. On Tuesday night, they began a big three-game road series with the second-place Cardinals—a team that's made the playoffs 10 times since the Buccos last did. The game took 14 innings to complete. It finally ended around 1:10 this morning on the East Coast, with Adron Chambers singling in Jon Jay, who barely slid around Russell Martin's tag at the plate, and with me slumping back into my couch cushions. Cardinals 4, Pirates 3. Exhale.