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All things considered, a .500 record at the break never looked better.

“Ending the first half on a good note was really key,” Storen said. “Five hundred is not where we want to end up, but I think that’s a big step forward from where we were at the beginning of the season. I think it’s a good steppingstone to where we want to be.”

Recent fans are thrilled by the ride thus far. Hardened observers should be happy, too.

Even if they’re scared to admit it.