It’s like somebody keeps trying to poke the Pittsburgh Pirates mascot logo’s other eye out. Problem is that it is happening from within – sabotage, conspiracy, and greed. Meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. Major League Baseball should impose fines to Pirate management and ownership for not even trying to win. This team is only 7.5 games out of first place right now, but they keep making moves to eat away at what they are paying out.
About a month ago, Nate McLouth was peddled to Atlanta. Sure, Charlie Morton might end up being OK someday, I grasp that logic. McLouth was a proven commodity who they did not want to pay, so they moved him. Same with Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds, Doug Drabek, Nyjer Morgan, and on and on and on…
This pattern sickens me. The LaRoche trade yesterday confirms what so many have known for so long. Pittsburgh’s baseball franchise doesn’t care a lick about trying to win. They take good players and feed the rest of baseball with the talent they grow. They (management) then whine about how they cannot afford to pay these guys because attendance is so poor. I’m sick of that story too. Keep bodies on the field and you might put bodies in seats.
I am serious, this practice needs to be reviewed by the powers that be. If I were a season ticket holder for this team, I would be calling my lawyer to find out how to recoup my wasted money. There was absolutely no intent to win in the past 18 seasons. Pittsburgh is simply a flea market for the rest of baseball. Trading your All-Star outfielder (McLouth) before the break when you are 5 games out of first place is ridiculous.
I am all for sending the Pirates management elsewhere. Let’s trade them to New York or Boston so they can display their Lemonade Tycoon mentality on a bigger stage. Bring someone in to own and run the team that wants to win. Sign Roy Halladay, make a damn run. Do something to prove to people you care about their interests an inkling.
Maybe it’s because of the Penguins and Steelers successes that Pirates management feels they can be lax and just get through another harvest without trying to win. Yeah, that’s it… the public already feels good about Pittsburgh sports, so screw this Pirates winning thing, lets keep dumping players and the Steelers will open training camp and people can root for a team trying to win again.
Nothing against the players, because they are trying their hardest to still win games. If Garrett Jones, Ryan Doumit and Andrew McCutchon keep performing the way they have been, they too may get an “E” ticket out to a winner. Can’t keep guys with stats like that.
Lastings Milledge sucks. The Mets found that out firsthand last season. He couldn’t even crack the lineup in Washington. Pittsburgh basically gave the Nationals Nyjer Morgan, who has been on fire ever since, for Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. Mark my words, Milledge will be cut by years end. Then again, it is Pittsburgh. They may try to put him in the pen with the two teenage Indians who won the reality show (more cheap contracts). Maybe next year, my 88 year-old grandmother can hit cleanup when they run out of people.
If you do not want to even attempt winning, sell the team, not all of the players.