Pittsburgh actually showing progress

At 18-18, Pirates have a .500 record this late in a season for the first time since 2004

Originally Published: May 11, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Let history reflect that on a perfect Monday evening in the second week of May, the Pittsburgh Pirates did something that hadn't been witnessed in seven stinking years.

They reached the summit of Mount .500 -- and kept on climbing.

Spray the ticker tape.

And check the standings.

Because when they'd finished high-fiving, the Pirates' record looked like this:


It wasn't exactly "late" in the season by normal standards. But we're not talking normal ...

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