After 21 years, Pirates going to postseason

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After 21 years, Pirates going to postseason

The long wait is over, Pittsburgh. Your Pirates are finally headed back to the postseason.

After a 21-year absence, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card spot Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, and the Washington Nationals lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, they can turn their attention toward bigger goals, the kind that seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream through all those losing seasons. It will be Pittsburgh’s first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing seasons - the longest streak in the four major professional sports in the United States.

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