Apparently, no one bothered to tell the Pittsburgh Pirates that games played after the All Star Game count in the standings. For the second year in a row the Pirates have engaged in a group choke-fest. The Pirates had been ten games over .500 at the All Star break, only to go on to lose two-thirds of the games that follow. “No one mentioned to us that these games count, otherwise we would have tried to play better,” said manager Clint Hurdle. “We thought we were in the playoffs and didn’t have to worry,” he added.
“Now that we’ve lost seven in a row, somebody finally decides to mention that the games matter,” he lamented. When contacted, Pirates Management had no comment.