I believe that the Pirates will be good one day.
I believe that Neal Huntington is on the right path.
I believe that Charlie Morton will make the McLouth trade look great.
I believe that Neal raked the Yankees over the coals with the Nady/ Marte trade.
I believe that Andy LaRoche will be an above average major league second basemen.
I believe that given enough talent John Russell will do fine as a major league manager.
I believe that Lastings Milledge will make the Morgan/ Burnett trade a steal.
I believe that Garrett Jones will hit 30 homeruns next year.
I believe that Cutch will be an all-star for years to come.
I believe that Hanrahan will be a quality closer.
I believe that Ross Ohlendorf will win 15 games next year.
I believe that a year from now we will have witnessed a measurable improvement at the major league level; 70 plus wins.
I believe that Pedro Alvarez will make an impressive major league debut next year.
I believe that what Neal has done over the last two years is discernibly from what the Pirates did for the previous fifteen; therefore I believe that the national media, that pays little attention to what the Pirates are actually trying to do, should shut their pie holes.
I believe that many Pirates fans will come back like they did at the of the 1988 season, when they see a young team gain momentum.
I believe that Cedeno will be a serviceable major league shortstop.
I believe that Duke and Maholm will both win 15 games in a season while wearing a Pirates uniform.
I believe that one day we will not have to give nick-names like “Wreck Specs” and “Black Hole” to Pirates players.
I believe that Jesse Chavez is becoming a quality set-up guy.
I believe that there is no other place on Earth I would rather be than PNC Park.
I believe I will witness the Pirates win their 6th world championship.
The Bible says “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I choose to hope and believe because the Pirates have, and will always be, my favorite team. I have followed them closely since 1982, and I will never give up on them. Much of what I have stated above may not come to pass, but given the choice of being optimistic or pessimistic; I choose to believe that the Bucs will be good one day. This is a belief I will never give up on.