Well, the Buccos of Suckitude (gee.  I hope that catches on to the point that the media actually accidentally calls them that to their faces) lost last night.  In a big way.  In a 10-2 way.  But they’re still playing .500 ball!

Thanks to once again the collapse of pitcher Damaso Marte:

He faced five Atlanta batters last night at Turner Field, and the first four homered, singled, singled and singled as part of the Braves’ seven-run eighth inning.

That turned a one-run affair in which the Pirates were on the ascent into a 10-2 laugher of a loss.

Just as certain, it turned Marte plenty sour. Remember: It was his two walks in the opener Monday that began that monster ninth-inning collapse.

And manager John Russell says:

“He’s a big part of our bullpen, and he needs to continue to go out there and get the job done.”

First, John, you can’t “continue” to do something you never did in the first place.  I can’t believe I have to explain this to you, but he never did get the job done, so he can’t CONTINUE to get the job done.  He CAN however continue to suck.

Remember that.

And second.  This is why I cannot be a major league baseball manager, because two outings like that and my press conference goes nothing like Russell’s little vote of confidence.  Mine would be more along the lines of “We’ve fed Marte to the lions at the zoo, but only after we strung him up by his thumbs and coated his naked body with the blood of a zebra.  It’s been fifteen years, damn it!  We’re in it to win!”


  1. cultlord
    April 3, 2008 10:15 am

    If the Penguins were to play the Pirates in baseball, the Penguins would win.

  2. pittgirl
    April 3, 2008 10:24 am


  3. unsatisfied
    April 3, 2008 10:36 am

    hey — didn’t the pens start of the season pretty much playing .500 hockey?

    and, look where they are now!

    just sayin’…. ;-P

  4. spoon
    April 3, 2008 11:35 am

    I have a feeling that any team in the Pittsburgh NABA could beat the buccos right now.

    Yeah the pens did start out rather slow but they never blew the equivalent of a 9-4 game in the 9th or give up 7 runs in the 8th inning.

    I had to laugh at the headline of pirates.com “Gorzelanny gives solid effort, but Bucs fall short” Fall short? Falling short is a 1-2 run game. not 8 goddamn runs.

    For those keeping score, after 2 games our bullpen ERA consists of:

    Welcome to 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. GET SOME!

  5. xena
    April 3, 2008 8:12 pm

    I used “Buccos of Suckitude” just today.