The Pirates are one of the "national games" on FOX again today, which means that the number of people that can legally watch them play baseball is limited to people that live in the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati "markets." Good work, Bud Selig.
AJ Burnett's scheduled to start this afternoon against Mat Latos. This is the sort of game that I like having Burnett on the mound for; Francisco Liriano didn't have a great start last night and it ended up costing the Pirates. Havin Burnett go out and turn in a solid six or seven innings can set things back on the right track. Latos has been striking out people like crazy lately, but he also served up ten runs in ten innings over his last two starts before the break.
First pitch this afternoon is at 4:05.
I really like it when the national media ignores Pittsburgh teams. National coverage is a mile wide, a millimeter deep, is full of cliches and basically blows. The games get longer with more commerical breaks and, in the case of Steeler games, you get start times that are way too late (homey don't do football til midnight anymore). Just give me Bob Walk, ban the DH talk, and a 7:05 first pitch.
Oh, and and a big middle finger to Fox and Bud for a system that has screwed me out of several Saturday games. Seriously! If I am paying for the extra innings package on my Directv, I want all my Pirate games; especially the Saturday games.