Pittsburgh Pirates Voice Their Hope For The Season Melissa Block hears from fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates — which has a reputation for being a terrible baseball franchise.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Voice Their Hope For The Season

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Pittsburgh Pirates Voice Their Hope For The Season

Pittsburgh Pirates Voice Their Hope For The Season

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Melissa Block hears from fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates — which has a reputation for being a terrible baseball franchise.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Here's Emma Orbin.

EMMA ORBIN: And so yeah, I think that's part of the cycle of that relationship. I was going to say the abusive relationship because it felt like that, but that's the cycle. You start with this great hope, of course.

BLOCK: Not every Pirates fan agrees. The team is near the bottom of the majors in attendance, despite a relatively new ballpark. Local Randy Roberts explains why he's staying away this year.

RANDY ROBERTS: Now it's like the ownership, they're not concerned with trying to bring a winning team. And it's hard to see your baseball team not at least being competitive.

BLOCK: Still, Derek Zanetti(ph) says he's willing to stand by his woebegone Pirates.

DEREK ZANETTI: You can always say that the grass is always greener on the other side, and maybe if I was a Yankees fan, my grass would be greener. If I was a Braves fan, my grass would be greener. But I believe that if you work really hard at your own grass, then maybe your grass can be okay too sometimes.

BLOCK: And the Pirates try to end two decades of brown grass tomorrow in their season opener against the Chicago Cubs.

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