Twelve years ago, the Pirates lost another game (no surprise back then), yet there was a celebration in one corner of the home clubhouse.
I can still vividly remember Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton hugging and laughing after learning they had been traded to the Chicago Cubs. The announcement came moments after the Pirates were beaten 2-0 by the Houston Astros at PNC Park. And while the rest of their teammates looked on in stunned silence, Ramirez and Lofton acted like they had just won the lottery.
Which, in a way, they had. Continue Reading →