Archive for the ‘Pittsburgh Pirates’ Category

17 in a row

September 8, 2009

They did it! They did it!

Well well well. You said it couldn’t be done, but here we are. Your Pittsburgh Pirates have attained the unattainable. They have done the undoable. They have touched the untouchable. They have reached the unreachable. 17 consecutive losing seasons. This, unfortunately, proves one of my favorite insults, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile”, wrong. The Pirates have had no such luck finding nuts.

A few facts from this momentous event:

  • It occurred at home.
  • It was against the Cubs.
  • The final score was 4-2.
  • The winning pitcher was Ted Lilly.
  • The losing pitcher was Daniel McCutcheon (it was also his first MLB decision as well).
  • 14,673 (38.4%) fans watched the game in person.
  • The game lasted 2 hours and 22 minutes.
  • Derrek Lee put the nail in the coffin by hitting a two run home run in the 3rd to put the Cubs ahead for the rest of the game.

Hopefully next year the Pirates fans have something to look forward to, but as for this year, I have only this to say to all you Pittsburgh fans: Steelers kick off in a little over 48 hours. I’m sure they will have a significantly better season.

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Weekend recap

August 31, 2009

The seasons are starting to change. There’s a slight new crisp fall smell in the air, the temperatures are getting just a little cooler, and I had the first fantasy football draft of the season yesterday. Bring on the gridiron.

1. We had a preseason football game on Friday that tested the limits of my marriage. It was Redskins vs. Patriots. Of course the good guys won, but I must say, the Skins didn’t suck as badly as I thought they would. Convinced me to draft Santana Moss though.

2. Jay Cutler must have been real excited to head back to Denver and show the Broncos what he made them get rid of. Unfortunately, the Bears actually did win, though the Denver fans sure let him hear it. At least none of these games count. Nowhere is that more true than in the battle of the Big Apple where the Jets beat the Giants. Only in the preseason. Hey! Detroit won a game!

3. Tiger Woods lost again this weekend, coming in second at The Barclays. He is not having a lucky year thus far.

4. The Brewers beat the Pirates in Milwaukee. Not that this means anything, we just haven’t talked about the Pirates lately. Except that this beating that the Pirates took is the 21st consecutive loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park.

“That’s obviously a horrible stat,” said Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche, a minor leaguer for the Dodgers when Pittsburgh last won in Milwaukee on May 3, 2007. “I knew it was a lot, I didn’t know how many it was. We still go out there and try to win no matter who we’re playing.”

Poor, poor Pirates. In case you were wondering, there are 34 games left in the season. They would need to go 29-5 to break the .500 mark. Looks like it isn’t happening this year.

5. It looks like our hopes that Nick Saban will not be the coach of the Crimson Tide by Sept. 5 will not come true. He signed an extension keeping him in place until 2017. In related news: Only 5 days until the beatdown of Alabama. Go Hokies!

Is it Christmas? In July?

July 31, 2009

I don’t know if Sean Burnett knows the definition of irony, but he knows how to use it in a sentence (from Circling the Bases):

Former Pirates and current Nats pitcher Sean Burnett on the state of the Pirates:

They’re the laughingstock of baseball right now. They’ve gotten rid of everybody. They won’t keep anybody around. Some of the guys here, they don’t understand it, but Nyjer and I knew this was coming. What I keep telling the guys here is that the hardest part is that Pittsburgh, as a sports town, is unbelievable. With what the Steelers and Penguins have done, they’re dying for a winner in baseball, too. They’re dying to cheer the Pirates on. And now, they don’t have anybody they even know. Guys like Jack and Freddy, the faces of the franchise, players they’re supposed to be locking up, they’re all gone. What’s going to bring people to the ballpark now?”

CGally gets upset with me when I make fun of the Pirates, but seriously, how do I turn down ammo like this or anything else they do? It would be a disservice to all of you if I didn’t post these things. But back to the post, who does Sean Burnett think he is? Oh that’s right, a player the Pirates got rid of. I guess he might know what he’s talking about. Carry on, Sean.

There will be, literally, no one left

July 30, 2009

From Rotoworld.com:

A deal that would send John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates to the Cubs is “just about done,” reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Chicago has been on the hunt for another reliable left-handed reliever and Grabow (3.65 ERA in 43 appearances) would be a good fit. No word yet on what Pittsburgh would acquire in the transaction. The deal would deplete the Pirates of left-handed relief pitching at the top of the organization, with Donnie Veal the only lefty reliever remaining on the big league club.
With Sanchez leaving last night and all the rest taking off before him, the Pirates will have almost no one on the team who will be associated with any of their past 16 years. Look for them to win the NL Central next year. Their jerseys will be adorned with a large and prominent middle finger with the number 17 in the middle (this will be their 17th consecutive losing season). On the back will be either Rinku or Dinesh. They will sell like hotcakes.

DING DING DING… We have a winner! (for real this time)

July 29, 2009

At least the Pirates, as a whole, got a little prettier.

According to RotoWorld:

Pirates acquired RHP Nathan Adcock and three other minor-leaguers from the Mariners for RHP Ian Snell and SS Jack Wilson.

Adcock, a 6-foot-5 21-year-old, was 5-7 with a 5.29 ERA and a 71/54 K/BB ratio in 19 starts for Single-A High Desert. He’s obviously a long way from the majors and probably won’t ever make it as a starter.

Now I don’t know who the three other minor-leaguers are, but if Adcock is the centerpiece for the Pirates in this trade, they got scrizewed. Why would they get rid of a decent shortstop and a decent pitcher for a terrible pitcher (who may never even make it to the bigs) and three unknown (to me) prospects? The world may never know.

We have a winner?

July 28, 2009

For those of you who put money down that Freddy Sanchez would beat out Jack Wilson to get traded, this news comes as a sign that you might be in for a windfall soon. Says Rotoworld:

According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, the Angels are likely looking at Freddy Sanchez.

Fletcher thinks this could mean that Howie Kendrick could be shipped out in a separate deal. It’s the only way this would make sense considering the contributions they have been getting from Kendrick and Maicer Izturis of late.

Who the Pirates will be getting in turn for Sanchez is still up in the air, but be thankful, Bucs fans, that it probably wont be Howie Kendrick, because that trade would make absolutely no sense for the Pirates. Then again, that might be their angle. An extremely shitty angle, but an angle nonetheless.

UPDATE: As I was posting that last bit of news, this info came through the wire:

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the Giants’ pursuit of Freddy Sanchez seems “pretty serious.”

According to Heyman, the Pirates are currently scouting the Giants abundant minor league system. The team could use an upgrade from second base options that have combined for an NL-worst .225/.281/.304 line this season.
Now I don’t know if that last line means the Pirates or the Giants have the NL-worst second basemen, but this just adds to the “Sanchez is getting traded” whispers.

Pittsburgh is now officially Boston’s AAAA farm team

July 22, 2009

I am shocked, SHOCKED, that I couldn’t find ONE picture of Jason Bay and Adam LaRoche.

PITTSBURGH — The Boston Red Sox added one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ middle-of-the-order hitters for the second time in as many seasons, acquiring first baseman Adam LaRoche on Wednesday for two mid-level prospects.

In my triumphant return to the NEZ after the best-wedding-to-ever-happen-on-the-face-of-the-earth as well as a pretty damn good honeymoon, I have the great pleasure of informing you all that the Red Sox have pre-meditated an injury at either first, third, or DH and have picked up one of the Pirates better players in one-half of the LaRoche Brothers. Some key points on this trade and what it means for all involved:

1. The Pirates got rid of a free agent at seasons end and picked up two prospects (a hitter with comparable stats to LaRoche and a pitcher who hasn’t shit the bed on the mound) from a farm system known to be best in the league. An oddly smart move for the Buccos.

2. The Red Sox got an insurance plan for three players (not all at one time though) and with one having a bum hip (still) and another still getting his hitting questioned, this is a good acquisition for Theo, only losing parts they could afford to lose (read: they weren’t heading to The Show anytime soon).

3. Now that they are on different teams, the LaRoche Brothers can now only have “LaRoche” on the back of their uni’s rather than the I’m-not-unique “Ad. LaRoche” and “An. LaRoche”.

4. Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson better have their bags already packed, because one or both of them are not going to be in Pittsburgh nine days from now. Guaranteed.

Anyway, on a different note, I’m loving this HateFest 2009 business and urge all the readers to contribute to the comment section and email us any thoughts you have on any teams you may hate, dislike, or loathe with the fire of a thousand suns. Oh and the Yankees suck.

Watch out Pirates fans, here they come!

July 1, 2009

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates may soon find out if an investment of $20,000 can produce a couple of million-dollar arms. Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, their two India-born pitchers who had never seen a baseball game before being the top two finishers in a TV reality show designed to find potential major league arms, are nearly ready to make their professional debuts. Neither had picked up a baseball, much less thrown one, until little more than a year ago. Aspiring cricket players, they had no idea that American athletes could make so much money playing a sport they knew nothing about. Now, after a busy year crowded with TV show appearances, basic baseball instruction, fitness workouts, constant throwing and adjusting to a pro athlete’s life in a new country, they are about to take the mound for the Bradenton Pirates of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. “It’s going to be fun,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said Tuesday the two pitchers are likely to see game action this week.

Getcha popcorn ready because here come the Indian cricket masters. I see why the Pirates are making so many trades these days. They need to make room on their 40-man roster to fit these studs into the rotation. I’ll bet $50 bucks that if these guys make it to the majors, their jerseys will be the highest selling numbers in Pirates history. Hell, I would buy a #18 Singh jersey.

The Universe is aligning itself

June 18, 2009

Some interesting stuff happened in the baseball world last night. These included David Ortiz raising his average to .213(!) – with three runs and a double, Brad Penny taking a liner off the chest and brushed it off like a fly and then kept pitching, Brad Penny winning his 100th game, the Red Sox having their 500th consecutive sellout, Roy Halladay – arguably the best pitcher in the MLB – got put on the DL, effectively ending the Blue Jay’s chance of winning this season, the Pirates are only three (3) games under .500 (almost halfway through the season! this could be Pittsburgh’s year), and the “mighty” Yankees took one on the chin from the Nationals, whose win last night accounted for 5.8% of their total season wins (to put that in perspective, one win is only 2.5% of the Red Sox’s wins and 3.2% of the Pirates’ – the Nats only have 17 wins now). The baseball gods are smiling down upon the North End Zone today. Go and sacrifice a hotdog.

Gloatin’ time

June 12, 2009

From the New York Daily News:

BOSTON – If the Yankees and Red Sox are headed for a date with destiny in the ALCS as many believe, then Boston should start making World Series plans.

Like I always said, when the going gets tough for New York sports teams, their fans and the media shit on them harder than the elephant that killed his zookeeper with poo. Not only are they only two games back (IN JUNE), but they were playing at Fenway, away from home, in one of most hostile environments for them. That’s like if UVa was good (try to imagine…we’re in pretend world now) and the Hokies went and lost at Scott Stadium (still pretend world) in the third week and then shat on the rest of their season. OK back to real world.

But enough of the feigned sympathy. The Sox crushed them (spirit-wise, it was a one-run game and the Sox had to come back down two). The Sox are now 8-0 on the season against them and 9-0 dating back to last year. The Sox play them 19 times this season, so the way I look at it is, all I want is at least two more wins, and we won the season series against them putting us in a better position for the post season. Of course I want more than two wins, but I will be happy with the fact that we took 8 straight in 2009 from them, home and away. Oh and Papi hit two home runs this series, doubling his season total. Hopefully this is the start of something beautiful. Who knew that playing the Yankees would be the swift kick in the pants he needed (fingers crossed) to get going. Also, Boston’s pitching is lights out. Rotation and bullpen. Suck on that one, rest of the league.

On a side note: NBA season is almost over!! In the words of CGally: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Also, the Pirates are only 4 games under .500 and 5 games out of first place in their division. Could this year be it?