Sport: The Full-Tilt Boogie Buccaneers

For the National League champs, getting there was half the fun

"All season long, it seemed like we never could win a ball game the easy way," Pittsburgh Pirates Second Baseman Phil Garner said after a tenth-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of the National League championship playoff. He frowned, pursed his lips in remembrance of a grueling pennant race that was not decided until the season's final day, then broke into a grin. "But my, how time flies when you're having fun."

Easy or not, getting to the World Series...

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