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That was then, this (sigh) is now

The Pittsburgh Pirates learn the hard lessons of losing

Updated: May 27, 2009, 10:44 AM ET
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine

This story apppears in the June 1 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

"Let's go home! Let's go home!"

Top of the ninth, two outs, two strikes on Atlanta's Brian McCann, and 20,755 fans can't wait to leave Pittsburgh's gorgeous PNC Park and enjoy a warm early-spring afternoon. Or so they say. But if they're in such a hurry, why are so many of them still here? The scoreboard reads Pirates 10, Braves 0. If these folks are so anxious, why did they show up in the ...

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