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Pirates, Reds, September, and Pop Culture

By Illya Harrell On September - 1 - 2009

Any U.S. white kid who went through puberty during the 1980s and is not familiar with the work of the recently deceased film director John Hughes is either Amish, has a brain more than a tad addled by booze and/or drugs, or is currently in a coma.

"Yeah, but the thing is, I'm kinda like the leader. Kinda like the king of the dipsh*ts."

Over one-quarter of their remaining 32 games, the Cincinnati Reds play the Pittsburgh Pirates.

That quote from Anthony Michael Hall's character in Hughes' cinematic masterpiece, Sixteen Candles, is relevant to the race for the cellar of the NL Central.

With Monday's doubleheader sweep, the Reds took a 4.5 game lead over the Bucs in the divisional battle for "the king of the dipsh*ts."

Ever have one of those articles where every word flows as easily as nails on a chalk board? This is one of those pieces.

Why is that?

Answer: The first of September.

Autumn is in the air. This, like every other Reds recent September, means one more battle for futility. Sure, we can look forward to the call-ups. 

Other than that most are looking forward to the first kickoff—whether one'...

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