## Wednesday, September 3, 2008

### I Hope They Lose Tonight...Tomorrow...and Every Day After That

Pittsburgh Pirates 08'

I love the Pirates plan for the future so much, I hope they go out and lose 19 of 24 games to finish this season.

Why? Because Pedro Alvarez - Version 2.0 sounds like a good idea. Just call up Scott Boras tonight and pony up about $5.5 million dollars, by next August 15th there should be enough in interest to cover a first round pick. With all this garbage that has been the Pedro Alvarez saga, I would almost pay$100 dollars to one of our fellow bloggers if I could guarantee a rematch. What has happened these past few weeks is almost comical to me. That's just where I'm at with these Buccos. If I can get some laughs, I'll take it. Boras vs Pirates management Round 2...I'll pay to see that before I pay to see another Pirates game.

That being said, if the Pirates want me back as a customer, their approach right now is exactly what I want to see. Load the system with up and comers, a group that is up and coming within the same decade, then hope for the best. Have the Pirates had prospects in the past? I don't even think so. The last two star outfielders for the Pirates have been Brian Giles and Jason Bay, both from outside the system. It's like the Pirates have been renting a Ferrari all this time. They are posers, when the car reels in the girl, and she falls in love, we trade it in. It's a relationship, that we the fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates are way too use to.

Simply put, the Pirates haven't won in my lifetime. The relationship feels fake, I don't really like this team, I just live in some fantasy world that maybe one day we will win, and the honeymoon is long gone. For me, things must change fast. As a young adult, ready to make financial decisions that will affect the Pirates attendance, Pirates management should care about me, and this is why they should care about what I say right now.

Let Benschoten Hit...

If I have to say it one more time on this blog, I'm going to move to Cleveland.

The dude is bored, and sick of pitching. Now the Pirates think they can put the guy who walks people like it's his job in a bullpen role.

Get a clue.

The man led the NCAA in Homeruns!!!!!!!!

Catch some Ankiel fever.

You just don't lose that kind of ability. Yes, it will take some time, but I got money on it taking less time then him becoming a Major League pitcher in the Pirate's bullpen.

It's time to reap some return on the investment of old Pirate management.

Send him up to bat...

Hire "The Rock" as Manager...

John Wehner, not the wrestler. Yes, I think John Russell deserves more time, but something about him is not right. Has anyone seen Russell try to argue a call with an umpire? It's awkward. He actually got thrown out trying to protect Adam Laroche of all people, that's a mistake in itself. I just love hearing John Wehner practically bitch about how this Pirate player doesn't do this, doesn't do that, doesn't throw inside (Snell), doesn't run hard to 1st, etc... If the Pirates want accountability, hire Wehner. He spent a season or two coaching at Double-A Altoona, so it wouldn't be an Eddie O transition from the booth to bench. Mark down Wehner as our next manager. I hope I'm not the only one that shares this opinion.

Hire Dejan Kovacevic as General Manager...

This comes straight from the mouth of fellow blogger Pat, and I couldn't agree more. Remember Nutting, Pat and and I are the future of any Pirate's financial success, we call for Dejan as GM, we better get it. Neal Huntington has looked good thus far, but that doesn't mean much to me. It's a cycle I'm use to, we should be replacing Neal in about 5 years. This goes out to Dejan in 2013.

Resign Matt Morris...

Kidding...

Make These Young Pitchers Earn a Job....

The Pirates biggest mistake this season was setting the top 4 of the rotation from the start of Spring Training. Complacency has been one of the Pirate's biggest obstacles, See Derek Bell, and it was once again this season.

This isn't to say that Snell or Gorzo shouldn't of been handed a job this past Spring Training, but next season should come with no guarantee for Snell, Gorzo, or Duke.

I believe in competition to the fullest extent. If it also means telling Paul Maholm he doesn't have a job until he proves it in Spring Training, so be it. That must be the new attitude

"No scholarships" as Neil Huntington put it...

market it...

put it on some T-shirts...

just let current and future Pirate's players and fans know the free riding is over.

Dave Wannstache said...

You know, the whole "Dejan as GM of the Pirates" got me thinking...

There actually is precedent to this. The Carolina Panthers GM, Marty Hurney, used to be a sportswriter for the Washington Star and Washington Times. No joke. So maybe it isn't such a far-fetched plan.

Brian McElhinny said...

I agree with Dejan for GM wholeheartedly! But that's a two way street. He'd punch you in the face if you ever mention JVB becoming a hitter to him again.....I couldn't explain why, but he insists and insists and insists that it cannot happen

I Want To Fight Tom Brady said...

Hmm. Hopefully by the time dejan is gm the JVB experiment is over with. What else is JVB gonna do. Its either that or release him.