Pittsburg Pirates Make Baseball’s Playoffs After 21-Year Drought

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Trivia: Who’s the first Western journalist to interview the new Iranian President? (Answer below)

Words can’t describe the feeling right now in Pittsburgh. Major League Baseball’s playoffs are set to start next month. It looks like both the Yankees and the Mets chances are slim.  For the Yanks, maybe the A-Rod drama was too much. But the Pirates earned a wild-card spot in the playoffs after a 21-year drought.

The last time they made the playoffs was back when Barry Bonds was on the roster. Some might say those were the best and worst of times. Bonds would later be accused of using performance enhancing drugs. The current players today may have wondered whether a day like this would ever come.

They’re not alone. Many everyday folks deal with all kinds of stuff in life. Some would prefer not to live in denial when they lose an important means of survival like Food Stamps. Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates players have been there and done that. Now they’re poised to be a team that can make a run for it.

The players sprayed champagne and sparkling cider in the clubhouse after the deciding game. Many could be heard singing the song from the band Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing” as they posed for pictures. This is a good reminder that even when things look bleak, at any time there could be a win-streak.

One never knows when or how your number gets called or if an idea takes off. But it’s been said that “someone might plant the seed, another waters the seed, but God grants the increase.” If the Pirates can make it to the post-season after 21 years then anything’s possible for delayed hopes and dreams.

Tip: Getting your number called is more than the luck of the draw. It’s also about planting and watering seeds for an increase after the thaw.

Answer: Ann Curry of NBC News

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