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Pirates were willing to 'do something stupid'

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07:16 AM ET 08.01 | The trade deadline came and went for Pittsburgh, but not for lack of trying -- hard. For the first time in 14 years, including the six-year tenure of general manager Neal Huntington, the Pirates were inactive through the non-waiver Trade Deadline. The inertia has less to do with the Bucs' lofty current standing than with other teams' refusal to entertain Huntington's willingness to "do something stupid." "No question, we forced the issue," Huntington said soon after the Deadline had passed. "I made offers that made me incredibly uncomfortable. But I did so with the idea of wanting to help this club. I was willing to do something stupid -- but not insane." Huntington acknowledged focusing his energies on acquiring offense, but in a market he termed "very shallow."

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August 1, 2013  07:47 AM ET

This team still needs to prove it can win in August and September. Mabey that's why he was willing to do something stupid. Looking good right now though

August 1, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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This team still needs to prove it can win in August and September. Mabey that's why he was willing to do something stupid. Looking good right now though

They have already taken 4 games in a row this week against the rival Cards with the possibility of a 5 game sweep.

August 1, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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They have already taken 4 games in a row this week against the rival Cards with the possibility of a 5 game sweep.

Yes. Impressive. But today is August

August 1, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yes. Impressive. But today is August

You can't win a division in August, but you certainly can lose one.................I like their momentum

<delves into old sports memorabilia an dons 79' Pirates pillbox hat complete with Stargell stars>

August 1, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yes. Impressive. But today is August

And they still have the best record in all of baseball.

August 1, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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And they still have the best record in all of baseball.

Hey, I hope they win the division. But winning the division doesn't mean much if the Wild Card team ends up passing you by in the playoffs. St Louis would still be dangerous even if they had to settle for the wild card with the Reds, because you know the Cards would advance.

August 1, 2013  11:23 AM ET

I'm rooting for the Pirates to make it to the playoffs and then lose to the Braves.

August 1, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yes. Impressive. But today is August

All 30 teams in MLB, including all division leaders, need to prove they can win in August and September.

August 1, 2013  11:55 AM ET

Pirates vs. Royals World Series!!! Make it happen baseball gods!!!

August 1, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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you know the Cards would advance [past the Reds in a Wild Card game]

No, we don't know that.

August 1, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pirates vs. Royals World Series!!! Make it happen baseball gods!!!

Pirates / Indians.

August 1, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

All 30 teams in MLB, including all division leaders, need to prove they can win in August and September.

Yes, but not all 30 teams currently have a horrendous streak of 20 years with a losing record, every year.
Not even the Royals.

August 1, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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All 30 teams in MLB, including all division leaders, need to prove they can win in August and September.

You're not taking into account the Pirates collapse the past two years in August and September. So they are not just any team. But hey, I hope they run the table

August 1, 2013  12:25 PM ET
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No, we don't know that.

A Dusty team? Ha! I wouldn't mind seeing it happen, but don't count on it

August 1, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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Yes, but not all 30 teams currently have a horrendous streak of 20 years with a losing record, every year. Not even the Royals.

Which has nothing to do with the outcome of this year.

Hint: things can and do change

August 1, 2013  12:40 PM ET
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A Dusty team? Ha! I wouldn't mind seeing it happen, but don't count on it

Don't count on anything, ever.

August 1, 2013  12:40 PM ET
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You're not taking into account the Pirates collapse the past two years in August and September. So they are not just any team. But hey, I hope they run the table

What happened last year, the previous, or the eighteen before those have no bearing on this season.

In recent history, both the Red Sox and Braves have shat the bed in September in literally historic fashion. Do they need to prove they can win in August/September? The answer is yes. Every team does.

August 1, 2013  01:00 PM ET
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A Dusty team? Ha! I wouldn't mind seeing it happen, but don't count on it

The Reds have beaten the Cardinals three times this year. They'd only need to do it once in the WC game.

August 1, 2013  01:04 PM ET
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The Reds have beaten the Cardinals three times this year. They'd only need to do it once in the WC game.

All it takes is one good pitching performance from the Reds or a bad one from the Cards. Anything can happen in one game.

 
August 1, 2013  01:45 PM ET
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All it takes is one good pitching performance from the Reds or a bad one from the Cards. Anything can happen in one game.

Exactly. Hell, you see inferior teams beating there superior opponents even in 7-game series.

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