Who Invited Murphy To The Party?

Posted on June 3, 2011. Filed under: MLB | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Funny how things work.

Going into Thursday’s series wrap up contest with the Mets, Paul Maholm was 2-7.  With an ERA of 3.18. That’s not a typo . . . 3.18.  He’s been pitching out of his mind to start the season, but the offense seemingly refused to provide run support.  Yet Maholm went on, day in and day out, quality start after quality start, giving his team a chance to win.

Pitcher Paul Maholm Couldn't Hang On This Time . . .

Inevitably, someone invited Murphy to lay down the law yesterday afternoon.  The Mets’ Daniel Murphy, I suppose.  Little bugger caused all kinds of havoc for the Bucs this series. Regardless, the runs just came crashing in on Maholm.  Wouldn’t you know the day the lineup fluffs a seven run cushion for Maholm to sit on, he blew it.

Bound to happen, I say.  The starting pitchers were not going to sustain the mind-blowing 1.67 ERA they had logged in the thirteen games prior to Thursday’s collapse.  At some point, the feeble offense of late had to buck up and make something happen.  And unfortunately for Paul Maholm, he couldn’t hold it together when they did. 

You win some, you lose some, right?  All the matters is how you respond.  Unlike last year, or the year before that, or the year before that, or . . . let’s just say “in a long time”, this is a team primed to galvanize. I feel as if there are leaders within the clubhouse at both managerial and player level that this Pittsburgh team hasn’t had in many years.  Obviously, Hurdle brings confidence and a steady, even keeled cornerstone of attitude to the ebbs and flows of a very long season, and a veteran “been here before” energy comes from Lyle Overbay.  And I’d be remiss to not mention the noticeable spark from call up, Josh Harrison.  I’m really liking this kid.  

BUT what can’t be overlooked or underestimated, is the consistent performance and unwavering presence of Neil Walker. I think he can take the club on his back. It’s his hometown team. He doesn’t say die. I’m sure there’s a fuel to his fire that not only inspires him, but also rubs off on his teammates. At least it should.

The PA Turnpike Series begins tonight.  Here’s that opportunity to respond.  Let’s see if the pitching can recreate some of its recent magic and if the bats can stay hot.  They’ll need both to come out with a series victory against the Phillies.

Time to galvanize, Buccos.

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Poof! There Goes Another Face Of The Franchise . . .

Posted on June 4, 2009. Filed under: MLB | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

DO THE PITSBURGH PIRATES EVEN HAVE A FRANCHISE PLAYER?  Sure, second baseman Freddy Sanchez won the National League batting title in 2006 – wait, you didn’t know a Pirate led the league in batting recently?  Well, he did – but he never really stuck as “the guy”.   And every year that management claims to have signed the “face of the franchise”, they turn around and trade him for minor league prospects and reep the ires of their tired fanbase.  Pittsburgh’s once beloved Buccos have become faceless. 

Nate McClouth Makes One of His Many Spectacular Plays as a Pirate

Just yesterday the Pirates traded freshly signed, All-Star centerfielder, Nate McClouth, who last year won the first gold glove for a Pirates’ player in ten years, to Atlanta for three prospects.  Here are the details.  The positive?  The move makes way for celebrated centerfielder, Andrew McCuthchen, to play on the big stage.  A consolation prize of sorts . . .

This follows the big splash move – well, not for Pittsburgh – of last season where the Pirates sent Jason Bay to the Red Sox to replace Manny Ramirez in Left Field as he escaped as far away as he could from Boston in a three way trade to Los Angeles.   What did the Pirates get?  Pieces for the “future”.  And fans are waiting to see a glimmer of hope from Brandon Moss and Andy LaRoche, who are starting in the big leagues, but haven’t yet delivered in a way that replaces fan favorite, Jason Bay.

Outfielder Brandon Moss has 7 homeruns in the 90 games he’s played in Pittsburgh, is hitting .242 over that span and strikes out once every four at bats.  His fielding is not terrible and he’ll pull out a gem every now and again, but he’s not the “amazing” player the management touted he would be.  Not yet . . .

After a forgettable start to his Pirates career in 2008, Andy LaRoche is rounding into form so far this year, batting nearly .300 with 13 doubles and making some spectacular plays at the hot corner, not withstanding his terrible 3 error performance in the first two games of the season, of course . . .   

With Jason Bay instrumental in the Red Sox playoff run last year and already totaling 16 dingers for Boston this season, Pittsburgh fans feel like they’ve just sucked on a bushel of lemons . . . SOUR.

There might be hope for the future, but the loyal fans that support the once proud participant in the “City of Champions” have been waiting 16 years for a winning team to cheer on. 

Not for bobbleheads, fireworks and Styx concerts . . .

Yes, this is only the second year with new management, and President Frank Coonelly and GM Neal Huntington are focusing on the hated “future” during a season where it is imperative that the team gets to at least 81-81 or else they will hold the most dubious distinction of WORST FRANCHISE IN PRO SPORTS via their 17 consecutive losing seasons . . .

Haven’t the Bucco faithful been waiting long enough?

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CORNY Local Baseball Commercials – Pittsburgh You Are NOT Alone

Posted on April 10, 2009. Filed under: MLB, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

THANK YOU COMCAST . . . For the first week of the season, our cable provider aired a free preview of their Major League Baseball season package, so we could watch EVERY game on its local networks.  I was happy to see that Fox Sports was not limiting its corniness to it’s local Pittsburgh coverage.  It’s everywhere. 

You know what I am talking about.   The low-budget, poorly written productions starring your favorite players, coaches and announcers and their bad acting jobs . . .  

For their latest attempt, the Pirates have bit off the shamwow guy, Vince Shlomi.  Of course, they weren’t the only ones.  Shlomi was just arrested for beating up a hooker after she bit his tongue and wouldn’t let go – which makes me wonder WHY IN THE HELL are the Bucs imitating a prostitute beating “john” pitch man in their commercial?

Why was this guy even paying a hooker anyway?  Can’t he have any girl he wants with his shamwow “celebrity”? 

From ShamWOW to ShamOW

From ShamWOW to ShamOW

 
Um, never mind.  I understand why now.  I guess with a name like Vince Shlomi you are destined for two things:  quick tongued, slimy hard selling on infomercials and propositioning prostitutes . . .

Anyway, the Pittsburgh Pirates have always had goofy commercials to try and entice fans to come to the ballpark.  Give it up.  It’s counterproductive.  Here’s an idea . . . put a competitive team on the field.  I think they are going in the right direction, but until then, stick with the fireworks and bobble heads, Buccos.

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