The Pirates are still "playing baseball" for at least a little while longer. I bet if you turn the game on your TV, you'll see something frustrating happen. I have my own softball game tonight, plus I value my sanity. I will not be turning the game on. Honestly, I'm so far past checked out on this team that it's sad, given where things were just a few weeks ago.
Kevin Correia and Mike Leake. 7:10.
After the Cub sweep I gave up on the season. However, I have not given up on the team. Here are the wins for the last three years:
2012 72 and counting (albeit slowly)
Pirate baseball was interesting for many months this year, May and June were a blast, and relevant games were played in freaking Sept. However, I am sick and tired of this Monkey Fighting steak being attached to this Monday to Friday team (google it if you don’t get it) and I am pissed that it most likely won’t end this year. But I will still be intrigued come spring training next year. And will someone please locate Terry Francona’s phone number!
Here we go!
I turned on my TV despite your warning, Pat, and lo, your prophecy came to pass: I immediately witnessed something frustrating. To wit, Kevin Correia on the mound. Sigh.
I think that as long as the Pirates continue to gainfully employ people like Kevin Correia, they will continue to remain well out of the way of any playoff races. I can't fathom any reason, especially now that the playoffs are well out of reach, Correia should still be starting rather than, say, giving Justin Wilson a few starts and seeing whether he can do a Zach Duke impression in the major leagues.
Seriously, is this what it's going to be like now? Every season looks promising and then a late term abortion? How is this any better than just being plain awful from the get-go? I didn't expect Cutch to hit .370 all year, but I damn well expected better than .250whatever for the last month and a half. We are just losers, we might as well admit it. We can't seem to find coaches who can teach young players how to play fundamental baseball, and we don't have a front office who will pay to bring in any legitimate big league hitters. I kind of miss the days when we were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by like June...it was less painful than this crap.
I'm with you, Pat. I'm flying back to Orlando and I'm not really sad I'll miss the game. They haven't won since I went to last Wednesday's game and they're REAL hard to watch right now. I guess I'll watch reruns of 'Friends' because that's at least entertaining, but I'm not apologizing, EVEN IF Brandon Phillips thought I yelled something inappropriate!
I might should have checked out of tonight's game too; I made the mistake of checking it periodically on GameDay. The first time I was excited to see the Pirates had a 1-0 lead after the top of the first; then Brandon Phillips hit the very first pitch out to tie the game. It was all downhill from there. Again. I still think we're almost a competitive team: all we need is better hitting, pitching, fielding, and managing. We also don't seem to be a very good team when it comes to executing the fundamentals. I think that may reflect on coaching at all levels. Nearly every other team seems to be more fluid in the fundamentals. Or am I just reacting to the latest glum performance? Whatever. 0.500 is but three losses away.
Kick the ball around like Little Leaguers for 3 runs then go down on six freakin pitches the next half inning. AT LEAST MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU'RE TRYING TO WIN!!!! I'm out. Hope Xtina Aguleria is wearing something appropriately slutty tonight...
Spot on about Correia--at this stage, we know his resume, and "pitcher who starts and wins must-win games in a pennant race" is not on it.
"(W)e don't have a front office who will pay to bring in any legitimate big league hitters."
Umm, like Andrew McCutchen, who this front office gave a six-year, $51 million extension this spring? Look, there are several defensible complaints you can make about NH and the front office, but the too-cheap argument is dated and demonstrably untrue, and it's time to retire that tired meme.