I can't even imagine what it must be like to be Neal Huntington sometimes. From today's writeup at the PG about day 1 of Piratefest:
And, when another questioner asked why the Pirates had not yet re-signed Doug Mientkiewicz, the assembly broke into loud applause before anyone on stage could answer.
And from DK's morning linkdump:
Walked across the floor with Neal Huntington once early in the evening, as he moved from one session to the next. He was stopped once by a fan who wanted to know if Jack Wilson is staying, by another if Doug Mientkiewicz will come back. This is his life, surely.
Can you even imagine spending a full year working on rebuilding a farm system, only to be mobbed in public by people that are more concerned about Jack Wilson and Doug Mientkiewicz? It's like asking, "Hey, Neal, I know Littlefield got fired because the public hated him so much and he sucked terribly at his job, but do you think you could be a little more like him? Please?"
You know what? I actually wish I was at Piratefest this year because I have some serious questions for the front office right now.
- Is the budget for the draft going to be the same in 2009 as it was for 2008?
- Will anything that happened in the Pedro Alvarez negotations change your willingness to work with Scott Boras draft picks in the future?
- We know how Pedro Alvarez is doing, but what about the other draft picks? Where are guys like Robbie Grossman, Quinton Miller, Wesley Freeman, and Justin Miller Wilson going to start the season?
- What should we be expecting from Brad Lincoln and Bryan Morris this year, now that they're two years removed from Tommy John surgery?
Maybe there are people asking these questions at Piratefest this year, but it sure doesn't seem like it.