Scouting Sunny Days Daycare

The other day, I read some headline or news crawl or something that said basically, “Pirates something something at mid-season point.”

“Something something” was probably “continue to suck” or “suck” or “smell” or “can’t pull out of death spiral” or “are mired in consecutive losses” or “try to commit suicide” or something like that. I don’t recall.

Anyway, my thought when I read that headline or crawl was, “WE ARE ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE SEASON?! SON OF A MOTHER.”

This has been the longest season of baseball ever, because losing makes baseball boring and long, as if baseball wasn’t boring and long enough.

And the Pirates know all about losing:

They are currently … God … 28 wins away from .500 ball.

18 games behind first place.

They’ve lost their last 6 games and 7 of their last 10.

They continue to have the next to the worst record in MLB, thanks to the generous Orioles who must wake up every morning and say, “We suck, but we’re doing a great thing for those Pirates.”

But there is hope! Because while the rest of all baseball is tinkering their squads to make a run at meaningful Fall ball, the brizzilliant Buccos management have snagged the future of the MLB and signed him up!

Club officials announced that they indeed have signed the first Belarusian to a major-league contract, 16-year-old, right-handed pitcher Aleksey Lukashevich of Brest Zubrs’ baseball and softball club.

Dude just turned 16 on June 1.


First we had the two Indians who won the reality contest. Rajesh and Dingbat or something? Whatever happened to them? Let me find out. Hang on.

This week past i pitching good.

Breaking ball getting better now.  i pitching 1 & 1/3 inning yankees and i getting 2 strikeout and two fly out.  i giving no runs so this is good.

I hoping that i pitching good continue for Pirates.  Dinesh and me hoping we going forward this season, but we just trying our best all times.  All we can doing for this is trying best.

And now we’ve signed a Belarusian toddler. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Also, I have it on good authority that the Pirates have their eye on this guy, too:


  1. Bucfaninva
    July 15, 2010 3:52 pm

    It’s common baseball practice to sign young players, just not usually from Belarus. They also have their sights on a 16-year-old Mexican pitcher that projects well. Would actually be a good sign. Yes, they suck, but they need to be made fun of for their play on the field, not for trying new things like this.

  2. Al Lambrini
    July 15, 2010 4:33 pm

    Totally with bucfaninva on this. This kind of move is the only way they will ever get ahead (organic talent) and if that means thinking out of the box so be it. Plus 16 is pretty average if you go down Puerto Rico to the development school most of thise kids are around that age. This is low hanging fruit

  3. Matt
    July 15, 2010 4:43 pm


  4. Nate
    July 15, 2010 5:26 pm

    MLB rules have time periods for when teams can sign 16 year olds (and no younger), and I believe the international signing period started July 2. So, actually, lots of teams are signing 16 year olds right now – in addition to making the tweaks that might propel them to a championship. While we hope to not finish last…

  5. Pittsburgh Tom
    July 15, 2010 6:10 pm

    This has been a long year. Seems like it should be about over now.
    But, if you want a bright side to look on, I`m pretty sure The Pirates can finish this week with a winning record at home.

  6. Butcher's Dog
    July 15, 2010 8:12 pm

    Record be damned…can anyone who’s paying attention say they’re not a better club than at this time last year? Who had even heard of Garrett Jones at this time last year? Where were Lincoln, Tabata, Walker, and Alvarez? Was Evan Meek in the majors? Overlook the record and they’re a better team. Just sayin’.

    And if you want to know how it was and could be again, buy and read Colleen Hroncich’s “The Whilstling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered”. Full confession: Colleen is a former student, Danny Murtaugh’s granddaugher, and I worked on the project as a proofreader. Still, a great piece and one that’ll show not only what it was but also what it will be again.

  7. Pa-pop
    July 15, 2010 9:05 pm

    I’m flashing back to the days when Craig Patrick seemingly signed every international player in sight. The clincher will be when Ivan Hlinka replaces John Russell.

  8. Matt
    July 15, 2010 9:07 pm

    Record be damned? The whole point of even playing and keeping score is for the record. How can a team that produces less, be better?

  9. Magnus Patris
    July 15, 2010 10:54 pm

    Why do you think the Succos have “Kids Run the Bases” after every Sunday game? It’s to look for future prospects. Last year, my youngest kid ran the bases faster than Doumit could, and he had a poopy diaper. My kid, not Doumit. Although, if Doumit had a poopy diaper that would explain a lot.

  10. Shahnaz
    July 16, 2010 2:46 am

    How about a little encouragement for two kids trying to do well in a game that is not played in their country at all rather than trying to make them look like idiots just because he is unable to write well in English???

  11. Greg
    July 16, 2010 7:05 am

    Thank God hockey season is right around the corner! Well, a man can dream.

    It’s obvious at least to me that the ownership of the Pirates is happily making money with a terrible team. After years and years and years of losing seasons they continue to make profits, what motivates change?

  12. Gina
    July 16, 2010 8:54 am

    OMG Who is that adorable Dylan character? He’s so cute!!

  13. gunnlino
    July 16, 2010 8:56 am

    @ shahnaz… OK and lets not keep score and at the end of the season every team is in the “playoffs” and every player gets a trophy. All the trophies are the same and they all say winner or champion. No one has any hurt feelings.
    Then we al go have pizza .
    That’ll really go a long way to build the future of the game.

  14. Al Lambrini
    July 16, 2010 10:00 am

    hey gun I think it is cool that Baseball is gaining popularity in ther parts of the world besides Central America, Japan and Korea. It is going to be the future of the game look at hockey and it has changed over the last 50 years by spreading throuah Central and Eastern Europe. If you like baseball you should get behind it.

  15. unsatisfied
    July 16, 2010 10:23 am

    @ butcher’s dog — yes, I am paying attention (why, I will never know. glutton for punishment).

    and, no — they are NOT a better ball club than last season. it’s obvious not only with their record, but it’s also obvious on the field. I think I’ve seen fewer mental errors on the average little league team.

    that being said — there is a lot of potential on that field.

    but, potential doesn’t win ballgames — and, at the end of the day, that is what matters.

    no, they are not better.

    as for that book on murtaugh — I need to pick that up some day. how is he not in the HOF?

  16. Nick
    July 16, 2010 10:48 am

    It’s like being convinced that you’re going to look for diamonds in bags of frozen ravioli . . . but if you look in enough different supermarkets, you’re guaranteed to find one, right? Orrrrrrrrrr, you could stick to diamond mines, where your money will better spent.

  17. SusanV
    July 16, 2010 11:25 am

    They should hire my 9yr old nephew who would be happy to play for pierogis. He’s on an all-star team. He’s playing tournaments this summer and the worst they have done is second place.

    Second place, Buccos. Against other all star teams 1 year older than himself.

    Maybe the 16yr old has opened the door…

  18. Lauren
    July 16, 2010 1:41 pm

    @pa-pop-Seeing as though Ivan Hlinka died several years ago, that would be a bit of a stretch. Although, a propped up corpse in the dugout might not be all that much different than what’s in there now : )

  19. gunnlino
    July 16, 2010 3:13 pm

    @ Al Lambrini…. I love the game and what it stands for, I take issue with what, 17 ? / 18 ? losing seasons and little progress from season to season.
    I also have issues with how many youth leagues are operated, nobody wins nobody loses, “Don’t Worry Be Happy “, just don’t cut it.

  20. Curiousest George
    July 17, 2010 9:58 am

    The Belorussian kid actually looks kind of interesting: right-handed pitcher, but bats left-handed (can’t be too many of those around). Also, I’ve visited Brest and will note that the nickname of his team (i.e., the Zubr, pronounced: “Zoo-burr”) is the russian word for buffalo. East of the city is a huge wildlife area that extends into Poland and that’s where those zubrs that were able to survive WWII reside.

  21. Trish
    July 19, 2010 5:49 pm

    The Orioles do have one advantage over the Buccos–they’re in the American League East and thus can guarantee sellouts a few times a year when the Yankees or Red Sox come to town. Even the “premium” prices the Birds charge are way less than your average seat at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park and Baltimore’s an easy drive from the tri-state area and a cheap flight from Boston. It’s a lovely park and the beer’s relatively cheap. It doesn’t seem like Mets or Phillies fans like to travel.