Are the Pirates for real? Absolutely. Will it be enough? No. The Brewers will win the NL Central, and the Braves will take the Wild Card in the NL. But not all is lost in Pittsburgh. This team now knows what it is like to win, and could get used to it, which shows promise for the future. They are a few pieces away from a solid offense to compliment their pitching staff, only then can they be labeled as legitimate contenders. I know I picked the Pirates to finish 6th this year in the NL Central, and no one argued with me. But i am glad that this won't be true this year. It is good for the city of Pittsburgh, and certainly good for baseball.
In other news, Ryan Howard is constructing a 23-million dollar mega mansion in Florida. The reports have shown that Howard's house will feature a Venice-style lazy river that stretches from his house to his swimming pool, a bowling alley, and I'm sure tons of other amenities the Phillies slugger is building. Howard's house will be only ten miles away from Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, FL, the home of the Phillies spring training complex. More Here.