Are the Pirates baseball's best?
The Pirates have long been something of a joke -- ever since Sid Bream slid in ahead of Barry Bonds' throw in Game 7 of the NLCS, the team has struggled to find an identity. That's changed this season. After a two-game sweep of the rival Cardinals, the Pirates are 1.5 games up in the NL Central race and, perhaps more importantly, owners of the best record in all of baseball. Not bad for a team that lost 105 games three seasons ago.