Holy late posting, PittGirl!
Bob Nutting, the Pirates’ new principal owner, addressed the team’s staff, coaches and players this morning and, by all accounts, stressed in his speech that ownership is committed to winning (whereas before they … weren’t?).
Nutting told the players he had confidence in chief executive officer Kevin McClatchy (why?), general manager Dave Littlefield (WHY??!!) and manager Jim Tracy, as well as the baseball operations staff’s general plan to build from within (yeah, that’s working real good).
“The message is that our fans are hungry (famished. We could eat Bill Peduto.) and the organization is just as hungry (prove it.). We need to see continued improvement (CONTINUED improvement? How’s about ANY improvement?). We need to have patience to stick with the plan. (I’d say 14 years is pretty patient.) But, really, I think the point where we need to start showing things is right now (I’d say you’re about seven years too late). I think we have a great opportunity this year.”
I’m not getting my hopes up. That way, worst case, I get what I expected. Best case, I’m pleasantly surprised.