All hail King Freddy

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To appease those readers of the blog that claim I never write anything positive about the Pirates, let me start off by acknowledging the fact that Freddy Sanchez won the National League batting title yesterday, by batting a .344.

He’s the first Pirate to do it since 19-freakin’-83. So in addition to being arguably the hottest player on the team, he’s also the hottest player on the team!

That being said … oh, here it comes guys, get ready to hate PittGirl …

This ray of light in an otherwise dismal season is not going to change how I feel. I refuse to be excited about our 14th losing season. I refuse to be excited that our second half ball has been better than our first half ball. We lost 8 of our last 10 games. In my defense, I start off every season being very excited and hopeful. Truly I do.

Reader Joe commented that the Pirates ended with a .414 winning percentage and the Steelers currently have a .333 winning percentage. Here’s my problem with that comparison, or even comparing the Pirates winning percentage to the bottom place Penguins of last year … the Steelers and the Penguins have NOT gone 14 years without a winning season.

That’s why, while I blow Freddy big fat kisses and pray he sticks around for a long time, I also throw big nasty evil eyes at McClatchy and the Nuttings and Dave Littlefield. The jury is still out on Jim Tracy, so being the patient Burgher that I am I’m going to give him some more time before I throw him in one of the kisses or evil eyes column.


  1. Tep
    October 2, 2006 11:45 am

    As was pointed out by Ron Cook in the PG today, the Dodgers without Jim Tracy made it to the playoffs, and the Tigers with Lloyd McClendon (allbeit their bullpen coach) made it to the playoffs.

    Looking forward to seeing which 40-somethings we pick up this offseason.

  2. notayinzer
    October 2, 2006 11:47 am

    freddy signed my bobblehead’s butt saturday night.

  3. Joe
    October 2, 2006 1:35 pm

    I would also like to point out that in the storied history of the Pirates organization the Pirates have won more batting titles then any other team — 25 to be precise.Dwelling on the past of the Pirates organization is definitely a glass half empty approach. Take a step back and look to the future. Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, Ronny Paulino, and Xavier Nady are all exceptional young hitters. The pitching staff really isn’t that bad either with new stars shining through this year like Ian Snell and Matt Caps.Next year – look for a winning season – then you can change your gripe from “We haven’t won a World Series since 1979… But then again what has historic franchises like the Cubs done for their fans lately.

  4. Lino Gunn
    October 2, 2006 8:47 pm

    Methinks you spend too much time with your nose in a stat book, Yes a few want a World Series win but most of us, who are more in touch with reality, only want a truely competitive team, competent management and a winning season.

  5. Hazel Hazel
    October 2, 2006 10:26 pm

    They were 35-34 since the All-Star break. (I only know this since I attended the game Sunday.) Being a glass-half-full kinda gal, I’m hoping this is indicative of what’s to come in 2007. Then again, Sanchez will most likely be traded in 2007 for 4 Juans and a Jose to be named later.