Isn’t that the name of one of the pierogies? Or maybe I’m thinking of the resident call-girl on Sesame Street.
Either way, BIG GIANT PIEROGI NEWS!
Andrew Kurtz, 24, of New Brighton, one of the 18 men who take turns posing as pierogies in a crowd-pleasing race after the fifth inning of every game at PNC Park, was dismissed by the team Thursday because he posted disparaging remarks about the Pirates on his Facebook page.
What did he say on his Facebook page? This:
“Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates.”
There are pretty much two ways you can react to his firing:
1. Bemoan it as yet another infringement on the right to free speech.
2. Wonder why in the world he would take to facebook to insult his part-time employer, because that’s just asking for a “We don’t need your soft pasta pocket or cheesy potato insides anymore” letter.
Me, I honestly keep flip-flopping between 1 and 2.
On one hand, IS THIS NOT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS AMEN?!
On the other hand, as Dooce famously says regarding her being fired for blogging about her employers, “Be ye not so stupid.”
On one hand, it was one little facebook message to his friends. It wasn’t on any public forum all, “THE PIRATES ARE THE WORST MANAGED TEAM IN ALL OF SPORTS! MY NAME IS PIEROGI CHESTY MCCHEESY AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE!”
On the other hand, the country is full of such circumstances where people have been fired for this exact thing. I ought to know. It happened to me. While I never wrote about my employer, I did write negatively about “friends of the organization,” and that was a no-no. Bye-bye, paycheck. Hello, my face on CNN and other less-reputable websites.
On one hand, I value our freedom of speech and in a perfect world, it’d be nice to know we can really express a negative opinion without fear of firing.
On the other hand, I also value making smart choices, and if Andrew made disparaging comments about his employer knowing that his employer was his facebook friend, that is not a smart choice.
On the other hand, maybe Andrew was bit in the ass by Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings. I mean, I’ve fiddled with my privacy settings enough that I either have it so the whole world can see embarrassing pictures of me, or only three Jupitonians on Jupiter can. Who can know?!
On one hand, the Pirates are the worst managed team in all of sports and if one little negative facebook message is enough for them to toss a pierogi in the trash, they SERIOUSLY have either a sensitivity issue and should take some Midol, or they have a denial issue, and should sell the team to Mario Lemieux.
If this is their reaction to a facebook status, could you imagine if my employer had been the Pirates when I outed myself and they found an entire blog partially dedicated to detailing the suck of the team and the ownership? I’d have been tied down and used as home plate for an entire week. And I’d have spent it punching every sucky player in the junk.
Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki on Friday night said, “While we cannot discuss the specifics of the dismissal, we can say that a part-time employee serving a suspension for a previous violation of company policy was terminated for committing yet another violation of company policy.”
On one hand, he apparently violated “company policy” twice. On the other hand, is “expressing an opinion” a violation of company policy?
But don’t worry about Andrew, he has apparently been offered the opportunity to be a racing hot dog for the Wild Things. No more pasta pockets with cheesy filling for this phallis-shaped pig byproduct!
Lucky guy! Also, I need a shirt that says, “I got fired for blogging and all I got was my face on an ad for a porn website.”
Which, true story.
And speaking of Jupitonians on Jupiter … LOL!