Sports Illustrated gave a rundown of the Top 10 things to look forward to during the 2009 MLB season and reason #2 was milestones. One of the milestones that could be broken this year is the record of 16 straight losing seasons set by the Philadelphia Phillies from 1933-48. Well, guess who's knocking on infamy's door...the Pittsburgh Pirates. If I were a betting man I'd break open my son's piggy bank on this happening. The Buccos chance at a winning season in '09 is negative 83%, and to break even with a .500 record the odds are still stacked against them...losing is inevitable.
The Pirates have not had a winning campaign since 1992, when some douchebag named Barry Lamar Bonds left town. They're record over that time (1992-2008): 1122-1401, for a .445% winning percentage. Back in 1999 they came close to sea level with an 80-81 record, but unfortunately an unnecessary rain make-up game was never played as game 162, and the Pirates couldn't even reach .500.
If you're still reading, by now you have figured out that Pennsylvania has had some real craptastic teams in its history. Personally, I'm rooting for the Pirates to break through to the winning side by some miracle (maybe they can steal some of the Steelers mojo), because it just seems proper that both PA teams share this undignified distinction.