Thanks to the miracle of MLB.TV, I was able to enjoy today’s game with the rest of Pirate nation. It wasn’t much of a game, but here are my thoughts in typical bullet point fashion.
On Friday afternoon, the Pirates set sail on their 2011 season albeit on some unusual competition, the State College of Florida Manatees. They also faced off against Rays on Saturday and Sunday, here are my thoughts.
As the man in charge of something as prominent as a Major League Baseball franchise, you need to watch what you are saying at all times. For team president Frank Coonley this has been a major problem for him since coming into power in 2008. Last year at Spring Training it was the infamous “next dynasty” speech before the team went on to lose 105 games. Before that it was promising the team would be returning to glory with a return to sleeved jerseys in 2009. He is one of the biggest fuels to the raging fire that is the Pirates in the eyes of local media.
Frank: Today, no but we will be able to support that payroll very soon if our fans believe that we now have a group of players in Pittsburgh and on its way here in the near future that is competitive. We need to take a meaningful step forward in terms of attendance to reach that payroll number while continuing to invest heavily in our future but I am convinced that the attendance will move quickly once we convince our fans that we are on the right track.
Really? The fan support is what is keeping this team from funding a higher payroll?
It wasn’t long after it’s release until others had their say about it. Post Gazette writer Bob Smizik says….
“This is so typical of how the Pirates operate. They should be groveling at the feet of their loyal fan base and not threatening to raise ticket prices, as they’ve done, and not threatening to withhold a good team until more fans pay good money to see a bad team.”
Ah the magical time is back upon us. Our favorite players have migrated south, and campus is littered with people sporting their team colors. Spring Training is here! I’m sure a lot of people have already reported on what is going on in Pirates camp so I’ll be brief.
As you can probably tell from my posts, I go to school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It features a beautiful campus that has really grown on me since I’ve started going to school here in the fall. One day after a snow storm I felt compelled to try out my new camera by taking pictures of various parts of campus. Since I can’t think of anything else to blab about until the
While the city of Pittsburgh is buzzing over yet another trip to the Super Bowl for the Steelers, another group of people had reason to be excited this weekend. Glorious baseball made its return to the steel city for PirateFest 2011. I was able to come home this weekend and enjoy the festivities on Friday and Saturday.
Perhaps one of the more fun elements of being a big baseball fan is playing the various video games that have been released over the year. Whats more fun than controlling our favorite players? Guiding Ian Snell to a 20 win season and a Cy Young award, or breaking Barry Bond’s home run record with Brian Giles? They give us the chance to be the owners, GMs and managers of our franchises.
Today a new column of mine debuted at mygameballs.com.
Id first like to apologize for the lateness of this entry. The last days that I was home were nuts (partially for the event I’m going to describe to you). Going back to school last Sunday didn’t help. However, I’ve found some free time to tell you about a great experience that I had to wrap up break.