For 86 years, the Boston Red Sox were a successful franchise, but were always unable to close the deal and secure a World Series title.
Many around baseball refer to this long championship drought as the “Curse of the Bambino,” which allegedly came into effect after the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.
In 2004, the Red Sox broke the curse and have won three more World Series titles since.
From 1993-2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates never finished above the .500 mark.
That streak was broken in 2013 when they began a three-year streak of winning seasons.
However, they last reached the postseason in 2015.
On Twitter, Red Sox analyst Thomas Carrieri pointed out a remarkable, yet sad fact, that a 20-year-old Red Sox fan has been alive for four World Series titles, while a 30-year-old Pirates fan has been alive for just a few seasons over .500.
To Put Things In Perspective:
A 20-year-old Red Sox fan has been alive for 4 World Series titles, while a 30-year-old Pirates fan has been alive for 3 seasons over .500.
— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) June 1, 2023
Pittsburgh did finish above the .500 mark in 2018, but fell well short of the postseason.
That was the last time they finished with a winning record.
It was also the same year that the Red Sox won their fourth World Series title since 2004.
Needless to say, both teams have been on completely different paths.
Granted, Red Sox fans went through a long period of suffering.
That period is long gone.
Meanwhile, Pirates fans have yet to see their team win a World Series title since all the way back in 1979.
Both fanbases have experienced heartache, but the Pirates are a far cry from where the Red Sox are in terms of how many championships have been won over the past few decades.NEXT: Fans React To Latest Chris Sale News