All bad things must come to an end.
The Pirates clinched a winning season their first in 21 years with a 1-0 victory Monday night against the Texas Rangers putting an end to a two-decade stretch of ugly baseball that turned one of the game's most celebrated franchises into one of the most ridiculed.
With their 82nd win this season the Pirates (82-61) are assured of a winning season for the first time since 1992 but the team celebrated the milestone in understated fashion.

Mark Melancon pumped his fist after the game's final out which is as excited as anybody got in the Pirates dugout. Manager Clint Hurdle didn't address the team after the victory and clubhouse conversation focused more on fantasy football than 82 wins.
Now they have their sights set on a National League Central Division crown -- they trail the St. Louis Cardinals by one game with 19 games remaining. At the very least the Pirates are in good position to secure a playoff berth for the first time since 1992.

"It's probably more important to me than anybody in this room but -- I don't mean to beat a dead horse -- it's just a steppingstone in the direction we're trying to go as a team and as an organization" said second baseman Neil Walker a Pittsburgh native who fittingly assisted on the final out of the night.
Not everybody in Arlington was as subdued in their enthusiasm. One Pirates fan was arrested after he stormed the field following that final out.

Gerrit Cole the team's first-round draft pick in 2011 pitched magnificently at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to earn the win. He was 2 years old when Sid Bream slid home safely at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta to beat the Pirates in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series the first of many losses since that traumatic night.

Since then the United States launched two wars impeached a president sent a spacecraft to Mars and made Miley Cyrus -- who wasn't even alive the previous time the Pirates had a winning season -- a star.

The Pirates meanwhile moved into a new stadium changed owners twice employed seven managers and five general managers and lost 1857 games.