10 ways MLB (and pop culture) was different when the Pirates last had a winning season
The Pirates beat the Cubs on Monday, improving their record to 90-67 and clinching their first trip to the playoffs in 21 years.
Things were different when Pittsburgh won its third straight NL East title back in 1992. How different? Here are a few examples:
1. Eleven of MLB's 26 teams, including the Pirates, played on artificial turf.
Today? Only two (of 30) do.
2. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Technically, this photo is from the 1998 Grammys, but we couldn't resist those jerseys.
3. This guy was still playing.
So were George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount.
4. Bill Clinton was elected president, but first, he played his saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.
5. The Royals, as well as the Expos, were just a year removed from wearing powder blue away uniforms.
It's been so long that powder blue jerseys (though not pants) have come back into style.
6. Sir Mix-A-Lot released "Baby Got Back," changing the face (and butt) of American music forever.
7. Bryce Harper was a lot younger than this.
In fact, he wasn't even born (until after the '92 season).
8. America had two Dream Teams -- the men's Olympic basketball squad, and the Mighty Ducks.
9. Ryne Sandberg signed the largest contract in MLB history.
The terms? Four years and $28.4 million.
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