Sorry to have fallen off the face of the Earth the last couple of days; I've been working like a maniac trying to put together a talk for a conference next week and there just aren't hours in the day sometimes. The Pirates DFA'd Nate McLouth today, which pretty much anyone anywhere could've seen coming, and replaced him with Matt Hague. Hague probably won't help the struggling offense much (he hit .278/.325/.333 after returning to Indianapolis), but clearly it was pointless to keep McLouth around.
The ice-cold Chicago Cubs roll into town for a weekend series starting tonight. They've lost nine in a row and have baseball's worst record at 15-29. Ryan Dempster starts for them tonight, against AJ Burnett. First pitch is at 7:05.
A true story.. 5 years ago I was called about season tickets for my limo company.. I told him with that team and ownership blunders I would not be interested.. HA HA. His words were "NO ONE COMES TO SEE BASEBALL..THEY COME FOR THE ATMOSPHERE" ???? Then he laughed about the team.... I will sit at home watch teams that really TRY to win.. I am talking about ownership not players... REMEMBER..."YOU BUILD US A NEW STADIUM WE WILL PUT A WINNER ON THE FIELD".. WHEN????? 2040???
McLouth will get picked up by some other team. Then he'll hit .300 the rest of the season as a backup OF.
True story: my dad (who lives in Tampa) calls me on Monday night and asks "Who's this Drew Sutton guy the Rays just got from the Pirates?" Me: "I dunno. Some scrub they picked up from the Braves." Sutton starts on Tues, hits a homer, Rays win. Next day, Sutton starts, two hits, Rays win in 12. Dad calls again: "Why'd the Pirates give up on him so fast?" Me: "Urghgh..." Between this, Nate getting released for sucking, and the black hole known as Clint Barmes sometimes it's really really hard to be a Bucs fan...
@Carnegie Chip I don't think the Drew Sutton decision was a mistake. His minor league numbers do not suggest he will be able to sustain that sort of performance; think 'small sample size.' Even if Sutton turned out to be the next big thing, the Pirates would have no way of knowing that in advance and I still wouldn't fault their decision.
@Carnegie Chip AFTER 20 years of blunders who cares????? MLB should be ashamed of this franchise and move it to Iraq..