Obligatory Pirates post in light of recent 17-3 loss

Being a Pirates fan means never looking at your poop the same way again.





35 Comments

  1. bucdaddy
    April 27, 2010 11:11 am

    17-3.

    Don’t make it worse than it is.



  2. toni
    April 27, 2010 11:12 am

    Am I hearing the thunk of you falling off the bandwagon?????



  3. Virginia
    April 27, 2010 11:13 am

    bucdaddy,

    Fixed. ;)



  4. DG
    April 27, 2010 11:14 am

    Hey at least they scored 3 in this game, unlike the recent game they lost 20 – 0! This is progress!



  5. Nate
    April 27, 2010 11:26 am

    Progress, indeed! At this rate, in 5 more games against the Brewers, it will be 18-2 BUCCOS!



  6. gunnlino
    April 27, 2010 11:38 am

    That noise you just heard was one of the wheels coming off the bandwagon . More to come ?



  7. NW PA Joe (formerly NW Joe)
    April 27, 2010 11:54 am

    I said yesterday that it hasn’t even gotten ugly yet. I think ugly has arrived and is planning to stay for awhile.



  8. Pa-pop
    April 27, 2010 12:02 pm

    If, as you Tweeted last night, you are driving the bandwagon into the Fire Swamp, then that must make the Brewers a team of R.O.U.S.’s (Rodents of Unusual Size). Dread Pirate Roberts indeed. Let’s just stop at Dread(ful) Pirate(s).



  9. Elmer Fudd
    April 27, 2010 12:10 pm

    Time to take the Bandwagon back to the City Impound yard and park it..



  10. Pa-pop
    April 27, 2010 12:12 pm

    BTW, given the Bucs’ recent penchant for losing games by football scores (20-0, 10-3, and 17-3), is anyone willing to bet the final outcome of tonight’s hair-puller will be 14-7?



  11. Bojack
    April 27, 2010 12:13 pm

    But HEY!!

    The Jonas Brothers are coming!!!! woohoo



  12. Kathy
    April 27, 2010 12:17 pm

    Have fun storming the castle!



  13. Sooska
    April 27, 2010 12:59 pm

    I heard a guy call DVE this morning and suggest that the City of Pittsburgh demand the removal of the city’s name from the Pirates ball club and thence forth be known as something like, oh, say, the Nutting Pirates. Genius.



  14. Pensgirl
    April 27, 2010 1:39 pm

    Sooska, they should be the Pirates of Nuttingham. (Or, perhaps more fittingly, the Sheriffs of Rottingham.)



  15. bluzdude
    April 27, 2010 1:42 pm

    No longer “Pop Art”… it’s now “Poop Art”.



  16. empirechick
    April 27, 2010 2:01 pm

    Someone on theFan suggested a promotion of ‘double eye patch night’.

    Another person said he was taking his nephew to a game next week so he can learn to count to 30.

    I didn’t want to do it, but I’m glad I’m on burghbaby’s bus. Do I get extra entries for getting on before the season started?



  17. Just A Simple Man
    April 27, 2010 3:58 pm

    The trend is there…
    Win/Loss Percentages

    Gene Lamont .488
    Loyd McClendon .463
    Jim Tracy .420
    John Russell .368

    The bandwagon is definitely tilted… in the wrong direction.



  18. unsatisfied
    April 27, 2010 4:10 pm

    THIS IS THE YEAR!!!



  19. Just A Simple Man
    April 27, 2010 4:12 pm

    The guy who I feel really bad for is Aki Iwamura.
    He gets hurt last year, someone steps in and fills his position with Tampa (which is now 19 w and 14 L or mucho better than the BOS). He get’s traded to the ____________ (you fill in the blank)of the league and the BOS.
    Wouldn’t you just like to know what is rolling around in his mind.



  20. PittGal in WI
    April 27, 2010 4:16 pm

    As Dennis Miller (another Burgh native) once said about the Oakland Raiders– They are playing like they have the patch on the good eye!



  21. butcher's dog
    April 27, 2010 4:36 pm

    Breathe, everyone. Is it even May yet? Baseball is the longest season. There were going to be times like this even for the best of teams. Let’s see how things stand when our lawns don’t grow as fast as they do now, at least.

    Drive the wagon into the swamp if you must. I’ll be on it still when you come to pull it out and re-mount.



  22. one-eyed dick
    April 27, 2010 5:23 pm

    @ 20.

    “What the hair I do so bad to Joe Madden he send me here? How come I can’t go Oakrand or Atranta? Maybe I pray good, so these guys trade me someprace better. Rike Houston or Cinci….Cicinit….Cincitat…..ahhh, hair, Houston OK with me.”



  23. Just A Simple Man
    April 27, 2010 5:44 pm

    @OED…. that works!



  24. J
    April 27, 2010 6:23 pm

    letter my wife and I wrote to the Pirates today:

    We are writing to you because if your rganization is anything like any of the ones we’ve worked in (and we’re beginning to wonder if that’s even
    remotely possible), you may be asked if you are hearing from season ticket holders about the company’s recent performance (play on the field). Rest assured this is not personally directed at you, and please know that you have been given permission by us to pass this along to anyone that is interested in reading.

    We have been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan all of our lives. We have been a season ticket holder for 10 years. We know there are others that have longer
    tenure on both accounts, but there are not any fans with more passion for the Pittsburgh Pirates, or have been more supportive of the Pirates than we have during the last 20 years. The recent performance, including the last 4
    games against the Milwaukee Brewers, (where we have been outscored 53-3) or even the last 7 games against the Brewers (going back to 2009) where we have been outscored 72-13, has finally made us write this letter. It is completely unbelievable to us that during our first 20 games, we have had two instances where we do not even know who our starting pitcher would be
    less than 48 hours ahead of the game. Simply put, this is not even close to a professionally run organization, and we are at the end of our rope.

    When companies struggle, they develop a plan, set expectations, and deliver the plan. Sometimes that plan works, sometimes it doesn’t. But when it fails, holding fast to the plan is a recipe for accelerated failure. In addition, the plan is usually measured by the expectations that are set by you when communicating the plan. Senior management of the Pittsburgh Pirates, namely Mr. Nutting and Mr. Huntington, have continuously said that their plan is to vastly improve the club in the long-term, while showing small but measurable improvements in the near term. To make this comparable, you set your plan during the prior year, and you march into January 1st with
    an expectation for results. Using the comparison, the company (The Pirates) are now into mid-February, and they are not meeting expectations on any type of measurable objective. Not one! Continuing to follow this plan is similar to the examples in the book titled “The March of Folly”, which highlights the pursuit of policies contrary to your own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. There are better choices available–and while they may require investment, they will drive support
    for the company by the customers (fans).

    It is with deep regret that we have come to the realization that this company/team is no longer worthy of our support. Please understand this was
    not our doing. The product on the field simply gets worse, and there is no regard for the investments we have made financially and emotionally toward this business. Stick to this plan, and there will be more and more decisions
    made by fans/supporters like us—the recipe for disaster—the March of Folly. What a shame.

    As noted in the first paragraph, you have our permission to pass this along—although we don’t expect it to get any attention or response. Just
    another example of the failures within this organization.

    Good luck



  25. KGC
    April 27, 2010 6:57 pm

    @J..

    The owners don’t give a sh*t. They have revenue sharing and make money no matter what they put on the field.. especially if it’s a minor league product and payroll. Hell, they probably would make money even if NO ONE purchased a single tickey. Overpriced food. Overpriced beer. Those of you who buy season tickets, full or partial, or even go to games are the fools.

    I go way back with Pirate baseball. I can remember falling asleep with my little transistor radio on in the 60s in Morgantown listening to The Gunner.. hearing about Roberto Clemente, Don Clendennon, Gene Alley, Maz, et al.

    When I moved to Pittsburgh in late August 1979, I used to take the bus from my apartment in Greentree to downtown, go to the game and sit in RF for a pittance.. most every night. I was in heaven. “My Pirates”.

    My, how times have changed. Such a ‘effin shame we’ve come to this. Kikki Riist, a top College team would be better than the “product” the Numbnuts put on the field today.. and probably will put on the field in the future.



  26. Politicalpartypooper
    April 27, 2010 9:03 pm

    I’d love to brag, but I can’t.

    My Brewers lost three straight to the SCrUBS over the weekend in similar fashion.

    Virginia,

    Did you know that at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Brewers have beaten the Pirates twenty-two straight times?

    Now that’s some suck to be proud of!



  27. J
    April 27, 2010 9:56 pm

    @KGC–Morgantown native? My grandparents grew up there (Cheat Lake) and Uncle coached the Morgantown High football team for many many many years.
    Bucco = It really is a shame….



  28. Pa-pop
    April 28, 2010 12:42 am

    7-3! We held the Brewers to a field goal! Woo-hoo!



  29. Duncan
    April 28, 2010 8:19 am

    I like your picture… and you can put that sculpture on top of your car (just like the penguin) :>)



  30. KGC
    April 28, 2010 9:11 am

    @J.. Yes, Morgantown native.. MHS.. grad early 70s.



  31. J
    April 28, 2010 9:24 am

    @kgc—you must have known my uncle–without getting into names, he had a nickname — “inkey-do”…



  32. Matt
    April 28, 2010 9:28 am

    Look at it optimistically. 20-0 and 17-3 suggest the Pirates are keeping total runs constant, accepting bad pitching as a given, and picking away on offense. Eventually, they’ll win 11-9.
    @J — Same memories of the 60s, but I also remember some lean Bucs years in there, made worse by the execrable prerformance of the Steelers and pre-existence of the Penguins. Like the night Clemente had 3 HR and 7 RBIs, and the Bucs lost to the Reds 8-7. The good old days also yielded some lasting embarassments, like the “Mendoza Line”.



  33. bucdaddy
    April 28, 2010 10:02 am

    “Uncle coached the Morgantown High football team for many many many years.”

    Your uncle is Glen McNew?



  34. J
    April 28, 2010 4:14 pm

    nope-not Glen McNew—my uncle was Vic Bonfili—he coached there in the 70s and 80s…