Homer Bailey threw the first Cincinnati Reds' no-hitter since 1988 on Friday night, but while the NL Central champs have reason for their second champagne bath in less than a week, it's a different story around the rest of Pittsburgh.
Bailey's no-no was the first thrown against the Pirates since the Cardinals' Bob Gibson did it way back in August 1971. But adding insult to injury Friday, the Pirates also lost all hope for a winning season with the loss. The season started off with so much promise for Pirates fans, and having a no-no seal the deal on their 20th straight season at .500 or worse is just a kick in the face.
Here's how Pirates fans reacted over at Bucs Dugout:
On the bright side, this is the first time I've had butterflies watching a Pirates game in years
hey, we made it on espn
Could it get any worse than this? Wait, don't answer that...
Was it because of the no hitter or the fact that the team now almost officially sucks for a 20th straight season?
On Twitter, more of the same:
The thing with the Pirates—it's been 20 years of utter failure by almost every standard. Nothing good happens. Humiliation at every time.— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) September 29, 2012
Is there anything worse than being a pirates fan?— Matt Deem (@mattdeem) September 29, 2012
I am not sure how much more I can be a Pirates fan.Too much hurt.What's the definition of insanity again?#gonationals— Bradford Simpson (@bigfordsimpson) September 29, 2012
Sorry, Pirates fans. At least you have the
Penguins and Steelers.