Don’t let the door smack you in the suck on your way out.

John Russell is supposed to be fired today after the Pirates finished their season yesterday with their 105th loss.

105. A buck five. ONE ZERO FIVE.

Their worst since 1952.

105 times they’ve gone into the clubhouse as losers.

In the year when I said they were going to be winners, they performed their worst in almost six decades. Which doesn’t bode well for my prediction that the Steelers will be in the Super Bowl this year.

Either way, John Russell is likely on his way out. Do you know what this means? Finally, FINALLY, the Pirates have made a good decision!

This calls for … THE DANCE OF JOY!

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  1. Jagoff
    October 4, 2010 11:10 am

    Please don’t make any Penguins predictions.

  2. Ms Redd
    October 4, 2010 11:11 am

    What are the chances that they will hire that manager from Altoona? I hope they just don’t recycle some manager from another team.

  3. Jim
    October 4, 2010 11:27 am

    And their 2011 season opener is on April Fool’s Day. How perfect.

  4. SpudMom
    October 4, 2010 11:52 am

    Jim Lokay just tweeted that Russel’s been fired!

  5. Dan (Not Onorato)
    October 4, 2010 12:02 pm

    Yup, so is the PG…JR is gonzo

  6. Bulldog
    October 4, 2010 12:08 pm

    Firing Russell is the absolute equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It will have ZERO effect (+ or -) on the suck that is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  7. curlyfan86
    October 4, 2010 12:08 pm

    Do you think they could make it a really good and take Huntingdon with him?

  8. kevin
    October 4, 2010 12:24 pm

    I questioned the hiring of John Russell when he got the job, however holding him responsible for the Pirates inneptitude is insane. You could have put the Pope in that dugout and the results would have been the same. I’m just sayin’.

  9. Carpetbagger
    October 4, 2010 12:31 pm

    In a similar move, my engine light came on, so I replaced the gas cap. That should take care of things.

  10. djh
    October 4, 2010 12:33 pm

    Rumor has it that they are looking at hiring Eric Wedge, former manager of the Indians. Makes sense since that’s Huntington’s old team.

  11. JennyMoon
    October 4, 2010 12:36 pm

    #6 and #9 LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Matt
    October 4, 2010 12:44 pm

    @MS Redd
    About a snowball’s chance in hell.

  13. Betoon
    October 4, 2010 12:55 pm

    #8 I would have loved to see the Pope managing from the dugout. That high hat he wears for special occasions would have been a great distraction.

  14. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 4, 2010 12:57 pm

    @carpetbagger — with a car, a lot of times that really does solve the problem for a solid check engine light. A flashing light, however, is another matter altogether.

  15. Burghthing
    October 4, 2010 1:26 pm

    Good thing they fired the manager from Altoona, since there was no openings in the organization for him.

    This whole organization is a joke and the punchline is all the fools who keep giving them their money expecting nothing in return.

  16. Jaime
    October 4, 2010 1:37 pm

    This is just another ‘show’ decision by an organization that doesn’t care about winning. Its not John Russell’s fault that the Pirates are fielding a AAA team AT BEST. You can only do so much with the talent that you have. If the team can’t compete in the MAJORS then Pete Rose, Tommy Lasoda, etc, wouldn’t have done any better. But the Pirates wanted to come out today and make a statement that losing 105 games won’t happen again. When I call shenanigans because they keep saying that next year will be better and its only gotten worse. Best of luck, John. Consider yourself lucky that you can escape this pitiful team.

  17. Pittsburgh Tom
    October 4, 2010 1:41 pm

    I used to think the manager didn`t matter. That this team was so bad that any manager would lose alot of game. But this team was good enough to go 40-41 at home. The difference between the home & away record seems like something the manager should take responsibilty for and taken steps to fix. The team would have still been a loser with another manager, but I think they could have avoided 100 losses with the right manager.

  18. unsatisfied
    October 4, 2010 8:46 pm

    hey, joe torre’s looking for a job………………………….

  19. Just A Simple Man
    October 5, 2010 7:56 am

    @ unsatisfied

    joe torre????????? (chokes on coffee and spits it all over the screen)sure he’ll consider it.

  20. unsatisfied
    October 5, 2010 2:20 pm

    the “………………..” at the end of my statement represented my sarcasm………………..