It has finally happened. The Pirates will have a winning season for the first time since 1992 !! I remember covering the Bucs during their three straight division titles from 1990-92 and did not think for a minute it would be twenty years later before they had a winning season, let alone make the playoffs. The Pirates have always been my favorite baseball team ever since my father took me to my first game at Forbes Field when I have around 12 years old. I remember it well and fell in love with baseball and the Pirates for good. I really don't have any die-hard rooting interest in any other team but Pirates baseball and Penn State Football. Since I grew up in Bellefonte, about ten miles from Penn State, I've been going to Nittany Lions games at Beaver Stadium since I was too young to remember. Yes, so long ago I saw Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell, Jack Ham and Steve Smear playing for Penn State. But when it came to baseball, ever since that first game at Forbes Field, the Bucs have been my team. So for the moment, forget about trying to make the playoffs or winning the division title. Pirate fans, raise a glass to a winning team and to the fans that have stood by them all these years.