Some Burghers tried to organize a walk-out on Bob Walk Bobblehead night (get it? Walk out during Bob Walk night? Get it?) saying that the shitload of empty seats would symbolize the “empty promises” of Pirates management who have failed to deliver a winning season in almost 15 years.
Well, apparently a “shitload” is not very many people.
Some snippets of coverage:
From the AP:
Despite a much- publicized effort to display fan discontent during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 15th consecutive losing season, only a few thousand fans at most left their seats in protest following the third inning of Saturday night’s game against Washington.
The Nationals’ offense was about as effective against Gorzelanny (8-4) as was the planned fan protest by Pirates rooters unhappy with the club’s refusal to spend money to upgrade a team stuck in a 15th consecutive losing season. Only a few thousand fans, if that, left their seats after the third, and it appeared most returned quickly.
From the PG:
But when a well-organized protest, run by legitimate Pirates fans, was attempted Saturday night during the team’s game against the Washington Nationals, the silent majority did what they’re supposed to do. They shut up and stayed the course.
From the Trib:
Some of the departing fans were greeted with boos, and many fans in green shirts remained in their seats.
I thought the walkout was a dumbass idea and here’s why:
Purchasing a ticket, as in plunking down your cash, to attend an event that you plan to leave one third of the way through is like telling Comcast, the king of all suck, “Hey, Comcast, you suck so bad. I can’t ever get reception; your technician never comes when he is supposed to; your customer service rep just yelled at me; and you over-billed me thirty dollars last month. To show you how much I hate you, here’s 50 bucks.”
Nutting and McClatchy say they are “frustrated” with the fact that the team isn’t winning, but their frustration still results in big fat profitable pockets. OUR frustration results in us handing them our cash to watch the Pirates lose.
The only way to truly protest your dissatisfaction with Pirates management is the following:
1. Quit paying money to go to the games. I never say no to free tickets.
2. Encourage Mark Cuban or some other crazy dude that stuffs his pillow with cash to buy the team.