Posted by Bethany Rhodes | 7/29/2009 09:05:00 PM | Adam LaRoche, Freddy Sanchez, Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, PNC Park
I have to hand it to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Not only do they know how to stay out of contention of a winning their division, they are going in the opposite direction of even having a winning season. It's one thing to be unsuccessful or have a rebuilding year, but they are about to lose their um-teenth season in a row (17th to be exact). This is the kind of failure that you have to try to make happen. Even the SATs give you 200 points just for writing your name on the test; the Pirates haven't picked up a pencil!
Don't get me wrong, this breaks my heart to write. I was born in the Steel City and lived there in the days of Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke. I could go on about the memories Jim Leyland gave us in the playoffs from 1990-92. I can honestly say that spending summer after summer at Three Rivers Stadium is what made me love baseball and sports in general. I don't want to sound like I'm responsible, but they haven't had a winning season since I left in 1992.
Just look at the past two seasons: trading Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, Freddy Sanchez, splitting up the LaRoche brothers by sending Adam to Boston; and that's just a few. This isn't just trading talent, this is trading leadership, a franchise player, and it's sucking the life out of the team and its city. They need to put people in those seats at PNC Park and get some excitement going.
I understand that money needs to be saved any way possible for a small market team, but what happened to spending money to make money? It's not fair to Bucs fans, or baseball fans period. I thought maybe things would change after championships for the Steelers and Penguins, but a Triple Crown doesn't quite seem like it's going to happen for the 'Burgh this year.
At some point, the Pirates' front offic is going to have to come to the conclusion that losing is unacceptable is a sports town like Pittsburgh. The question is, what will it take?