Pirate story, nyar.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
UPDATE (5:00 PM): Dejan reports that "Tracy said a bone near the front of the foot was tender and that, if that remained the case tomorrow, X-rays will be taken". Why not give him an X-ray today?
Manager Jim Tracy called the combined work of Snell and Tracy "very impressive."Pat at WHYGAVS liveblogged his viewing of the game, and wasn't impressed with Armas. Anyone who watched the game have any comments on Armas, Snell, or anything else?
Pirates Roundtable #19 features six answers to two questions: one on the bullpen, and one on the bench. For the second question, I mention six guys (Jose H., Jose C./B., Doumit, Cota, McLouth, and Matos) for five bench spots. Someone has to go. I'd bet Cota. If Jose H. never/very rarely starts, he'll be free to be the emergency catcher. The idea at the end of the distracting gimmick being eyepatches and parrots was all Leeeny.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The Reds and Pirates will play some exhibition ball in an hour. This will be on WPGB (danger: auto-loading Lanny at this link), and this will be on Gameday audio.
... two home runs from Luis Matos. Who knew? I can hear it now. Opening day: now starting in right field ... "Slugger" Matos.
A week or so ago, Jack Wilson made some comments about wanting to win for the fans. Because, he said, the fans deserve to see the Pirates win. At the time I thought that was charming and somewhat commonplace. But the comment has rattled about in the back of my head. Something about it struck me as not right.
I can't speak for all the fans. I can't speak for anyone but myself. But I feel included when people talk about fans enduring the massive losing streaks of the last twenty years.
I don't feel that I deserve anything from the Pirates. The players, the owners, the coaches, etc., they do not owe me. There is no debt to be paid. I have taken the entertainment offered by Pirates baseball, as much and as little as I want, on my own terms. It is mine. I made it from their pathetic to mediocre performances. And much of this fun has been at the team's expense.
So I am very sure of this. I do not deserve to see the Pirates win 90 games.
That said, I want the Pirates to win 90 games.
I want it. I must have it. I will have it. One of these days it will happen.
In the meantime, if I don't get it, I will find some way to amuse myself. That's more or less what I have been doing with the blog all along.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Cuban defector Yoslan Herrera pitched two perfect innings in the Pirates' 8-1 exhibition-opening rout of Manatee Community College today at McKechnie Field. Herrera, pitching competitively for the first time since 2005, started and struck out two while facing the minimum six batters.
It is good to read about perfect innings.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The man can do no wrong. He does a lot of work on the car himself. "When you get oil and grease on your hands, it's the hardest thing to get off," he says. "Before spring training I was working on my turbo, and it took me about three weeks to get some oil off my hands."
They played some baseball today.
Brad Eldred hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat off Sean Burnett, a blast off the roof of the clubhouse beyond left-center field. Nate McLouth hit a three-run home run off Shane Youman. Luis Matos made two fine defensive plays in the outfield, including throwing out Andrew McCutchen at the plate when McCutchen tried to score from second on a single.
Neil Walker made no errors in his first game at third base since converting from catcher.
Burnett started but failed to make it through an inning, running up 28 pitches and giving up four consecutive hits before the half-inning was called off.
Young starter throws 28 pitches and fails to make it out of the first inning! It's exhilarating. I'm kinda drunk just thinking about it.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Rob Biertempfel writes about the "adjustment period" experienced last year.
The adjustment period carried over into the regular season, hampered perhaps by the Pirates' 30-60 start.
The "adjustment period" or "transition period" talk annoys me because it's just an excuse. Whenever there is an ownership change or a managerial change, this excuse will be handy. And excuses are much too tempting for professional athletes and coaches. These people are not so hardy any more. They are soft. Put an excuse within reach, and they will grab it.
There's no excusing the historically bad start. It is possible that the coaches and the team will learn from it. It is not likely they will repeat it. They were that bad.
I understand the need to put a good spin on the end of the season. Everything depends on selling tickets. And it's not deceitful to point out that the team's record in the second half was not bad. I sympathize with Tracy and Littlefield and everyone else who wants to talk pretty about 2007. I hope they sell a lot of tickets. I know I will be buying some.
But I think it's cowardly to say anything less than, "I made mistakes. We made mistakes. We screwed up." And it would be refreshing to say, "We made so many mistakes, we can't be sure exactly which ones caused such losing of epic proportions." The team's owner, for better or worse, has confidence in the manager, the general manager, and the players on the 40-man roster. That's all they need--his confidence. They are not politicians. The people will not vote to keep one or the other before the season begins. If I was partly responsible for the horror of 2006, and people were asking me those questions about "What happened," I'd say, "We did not win games. Obviously, I made a bunch of mistakes. There is plenty of blame to go around when there is so much failure but obviously, when there is that much losing at the start of the season, obviously I made a bunch of mistakes. That said, I am working as hard as I can to not make those same mistakes. I talk to people all the time about those mistakes. I am gathering what I think to be very good advice about those mistakes. I will not make them twice. And I think I know what we need to do to win games. I have a plan for success in 2007. And I am grateful that I still have a job and the oppportunity to execute that plan."
That's the speech I would write.
Meanwhile, when they blame the team's first-half failure - their complete, consistent, and thorough failure - on the turbulence of an "adjustment period," it does not make me, a regular-old, lifelong fan of the team, any more confident in their ability to pull themselves together and win many ballgames in April.