You don't rack up 17 straight losing seasons without creating some memories along the way. Here are some, ahem, highlights of the Pirates' dismal run.
So it begins: Sid Bream lumbers home from second on Francisco Cabrera's hit to left and the Braves beat the Bucs in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the NLCS.
Barry Bonds (above) wins his second straight MVP award—this one with the Giants, who signed him to a record six-year, $43 million free-agent contract before the season.
After Dodgers pitcher Kevin Gross beans a Pirate, manager Jim Leyland charges him and they wrestle on the mound.
New owner Kevin McClatchy announces he's slashing the '97 payroll. Leyland asks to be released from his contract.