By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — To say Pirates fans are frustrated would be an understatement.

“The team’s performance on the field is our ultimate measure of our success or failure and if they feel that they’re entitled to feel that,” Pirates GM Neal Huntington said.

It doesn’t take a general manager’s expertise to see that all phases of the Pirates game have taken a late summer vacation.

“We picked an awful time to not play well,” Huntington said. “Every team goes through a bad stretch. This is our bad stretch it’s just extended longer than we had hoped.”

Breaking the 19-year losing season streak which seems a slam dunk in July is now very much in jeopardy.

And it’s the length of the fall from 16 games over .500 that makes the pain that much worse.

“It’s heartbreaking again for 20 years,” said one die-hard fan. “I just curse my father for making me a Pirate fan.”

Still, Neal Huntington is not giving up.

“If we can right it and we turn it around the way we need to it’s going to be a fun couple of weeks here,” he said.

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