Way back, even before the days that the great Honus Wagner donned a Pirates uniform, someone envisioned baseball in Pittsburgh’s future and started a team. Despite the fact that Pittsburgh has not had a winning season in 17 years, they managed to sink to yet a new record-low getting clobbered 20-0 by Milwaukee. The loss was the worst in franchise history.
Gone are the Spring training games that Pittsburgh did all they could to win in hopes of dazzling the locals into buying season tickets. The flowers are not even really growing in Pennsylvania yet, but the weeds at PNC Park were sprouting in abundance Thursday.
This game was brutal on so many fronts that expose the Pirates as a misled, uncompetitive bunch, yet again. Management knows what’s up, they only have two bobblehead nights this season. The Brewers bullied Pirate pitching as they banged out 25 hits. It’s what Prince Fielder needed to get going as he hit his first long ball of the season. It allowed Jim Edmonds to believe he still has it. It turned Randy Wolf’s start into an early Christmas present. Pirate starter Daniel McCutchen was quoted after the game as saying, “I felt like I was throwing batting practice out there.” Good luck finding a job as a batting practice pitcher in your future Daniel.
Oddly enough, the pitied Pirate fan can vouch that it could have been 100-0, it is still only one loss and that the Pirates are 7-8 and still on pace to go .500. The rest of the civilized world can scratch a team out of the playoff hunt now. The season is over, don’t even think about going .400.
The next question would be, when does the auction start? You know that players will be moved, probably before the All-Star Break this time. More problems, the cupboard is just about empty and nobody will be beating the door down for Lastings Milledge or Joel Hanrahan. Pittsburgh needs to spend a little to get somewhere, the soil can not be turned over so many times and still yield a marketable product.
For now, get your weed whackers out, because PNC Park will be full of them this year.