Exhale! All season, fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates have been nervously waiting; holding their breath in anticipation of what has happened in previous seasons and the possibilities of what could happen in 2013.
We're excited to say the outcome is positive - the 2013 version of the Pittsburgh Pirates have qualified for the postseason.
Our Buccos are headed to the baseball playoffs!
In the previous two seasons under manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates have teased the fanbase by hovering around the top of the National League's Central Division in midsummer - only to fall flat by year's end.
But this year, the late-season collapse did not happen.
Earlier this month, the Pirates ended 20 years of losing by claiming the team's 82nd victory, thus ending the longest losing skid in professional sports history.
And now, by virtue of Tuesday night's 2-1 win in Chicago and Washington's 4-3 defeat in St. Louis, the Pirates have earned a ticket to Major League Baseball's playoffs.
How fitting it is that the Pirates entered the postseason the same way they last exited it in 1992 - a play at the plate. This time, though, it was a positive outcome.
There's still questions left to be answered as only 2 games separate division-leading St. Louis and both the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. It may come down to the final game, Sunday, in a 162-game season.
But excuse Pirates Nation is they started celebrating a few days early.
They deserve it.