Posted on: April 8, 2010 11:12 pm

The Plight of a Lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates Fan.

I have had this little write-up on my mind for quite awhile now, but I figure since the season has just gotten underway it’s as good a time as any to share it.  I sit here now, 26 years old going on 27, and can say with great shame and disappointment that my major league club last had a winning season when I was 9 years old.  1992.  17 years of futility baby!!  You think your team has it bad?  You don’t know what bad is.  Many have wondered how a team can be so consistently bad year in and year out.  For me, it all boils down to good old fashioned mismanagement.

Looking up and down the batting order, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single player who was on our roster in 2008.  That’s how insistent the management has been to shuffle out whatever young talent we develop as a club.  The recipe for success seems to be: 1) develop prospects in the minors, 2) wait until said prospects are serviceable major leaguers, 3) insert said prospects into the lineup for a year at the most, just until they end up on someone’s radar outside of Pittsburgh, 4) trade said talented prospects for even more young unproven prospects, 5) repeat.

This was always the theme of late in the Burgh, but in recent years it seems to have become even more noticeable.  Take 2008 for instance – Xavier Nady and Jason Bay, arguably our two best pure hitters, are sent to payroll heaven – New York and Boston, respectively.  The fire sale got even more out of control last year in 09.  Virtually all of our productive day-to-day hitters..gone.  Adam LaRoche, Jack Wilson, and the man who could be considered the face of the franchise – all star Freddy Sanchez – gone.  Two serviceable young pitchers were also dealt, Ian Snell and Tom Gorzellany.  Last year’s goings on were what really tarnished my opinions of how this franchise is being run.  What is the ownership trying to accomplish?  A guaranteed last place finish?

It’s not like Pittsburgh is too small a city to support a champion.  Lest we forget, last year both the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup champs hailed from there.  Also, it may be hard to believe, but the Pirates are among the top one-third of major league clubs in World Championships.  We have 5, with the most recent being 31 years ago in 1979.  Despite fielding a lousy team, attendance at PNC Park has been consistently near the middle of the pack compared to other major league clubs.  It is a very impressive park, which goes unnoticed by almost all of the country these days.  The fans have been nothing but loyal, and deserve much better than this.  The ownership needs to focus on improving the product on the field, or many more fans will be lost than already have.  I myself am a die hard, but am near the end of my rope.  Patience is waning, and unless some major changes are made, the baseball atmosphere in Pittsburgh will continue to decline.

For all the reasons I just laid out, I find it hard to be optimistic in the wake of this new season.  We have a fine young slugger named Garrett Jones, who hit 3 HRs in a game and a half, but how long until he’s wearing the New York pinstripes?  The way things have been going, I don’t think very long at all.  We as Pirate fans need to voice our disapproval of the current management style.  The team plays hard, but at times simply can’t compete with the NL’s best.  We need to shop for quality free agents, HOLD ONTO THE YOUNG TALENT WE DEVELOP, and formulate a winning strategy.  These changes need to come sooner rather than later.

The team recently took 2 of 3 from the LA Dodgers to open the season.  I don’t want this 2-1 mark to be the last time I see a winning record in 2010. 

Go Buccos.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:50 am

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

For anyone who wasn’t watching yesterday’s Bruins-Penguins game in real time, the odds are most hockey fans have heard about the hit by now.  Bruin center and vocal leader Marc Savard was laid out and wheeled off of the ice after a questionable hit by Pens forward Matt Cooke.   I myself don’t have a firm opinion either way.   Could Cooke have held off?   Probably.   But what is the very motto of my profile here?   “Keep your head up.”   Should it be chalked up to another instance of violence that is the great sport of hockey?

Regardless, I can’t help but be reminded of the only NHL player to die on the ice, Bill Masterton.  The NHL has an award which bears his name and recognizes dedication, sportsmanship, and perseverance.  He fell under similar circumstances, but in 1968 there were no helmets.  His head struck the ice and he died two days later.  It goes to show how fragile life truly can be, much like in the case of Chris Henry late last year.

I can clearly see why the hit may be labeled dirty, as it was a blind-side job.  However, shoulder-to-head hits are yet to be outlawed in the NHL.  I’m curious as to other’s take on this, especially Bruins fans.

Category: NHL
Posted on: January 22, 2010 2:07 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Ever feel unwanted as a poster? I did too.

I’ve been posting here for close to 4 years now and I’ve gained some insights though my chats with many very knowledgeable people.  These discussions have been sports related, and related to general life as well.  Throughout all this time however, my main concern was “How the hell can so many people continue to post on this forum with all the viable alternatives?”  The admins of this site have proven themselves corrupt and incompetent time and again, and I’m not the only one to notice.  From removing all avatars that weren’t sports-related (only recently have they relented this policy after much public backlash) to deeming certain threads and posts “off topic” just because they didn’t conform to their standards, the ivory tower dwellers here at CBS have proven their ignorance time and again.  This led to me and a few others asking: “Where can we go to find a home that is user-friendly?”

The answer, my friends, is NGS Forums.

Paste that into your address bar.  Bookmark it.  You'll be glad you did.

We at NGS have you, the poster, in mind.  Our staff, moderators and admins, are all regular posters like you so we understand your concerns.  We have no militaristic restrictions on avatars.  We have a Sexy Avatar Thread just like here on CBS.  The only difference is you can actually post your pictures without the giant “oops!!” that is so prevalent here.  Of course, there are rules, but they are set in stone and easy to follow.  We cater to the die hard sports fan, as well as the more casual observer.  All your standard general chat, bar threads, and music areas are there as well.  We have something to offer everyone, and perhaps our most important feature is the ability to eliminate trolls.  Any troll that enters is removed by ip, never to return.  You won’t find a troll creating dozens of accounts; that is impossible.

In conclusion, I hope you give NGS Forums a look.  Come over and create an account; you will find several great people around to help you.  If you’re reading this, you probably have me as a favorite so you can presumably trust my judgment on this.  Don’t settle for mediocrity!!  Come join a very special community where you will be treated like family.  Come to NGS Forums.  Our address again is:


Category: General
Posted on: December 17, 2009 7:19 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2009 7:20 pm

Chris Henry

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             Over the past day and a half, many people have aired their thoughts about the fallen Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.  I will briefly offer mine here.  Clearly, anytime someone so young dies it is a tragedy, whether it is a professional athlete or not.  There was an incident yesterday morning in my hometown that echoed the same sentiments: a 15 year old high school student was killed trying to cross some railroad tracks near his school when he was struck by an Amtrak train.  Surely, everyone has been close to at least one person who has died well before their time.  It just goes to show how fragile life truly is.


            Specifically to Henry now, he had some notable off-the-field incidents.  He made bad choices; we all do from time to time, although ours go under far less intense scrutiny.  Chris Henry was no saint, but he was no demon either.  His death should not be celebrated like so many on these boards are celebrating it.  One of the beautiful things about life is the second chances it affords.  At 26, this young man should have had at least 50 more years on this earth to make amends for his bad choices.  Unfortunately, he won’t get that chance.


            The Bengals organization has lost a great teammate and friend.  Rest in Peace Chris Henry.  My thoughts are with his family during this tough holiday season.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 25, 2009 4:30 pm

A Bold Step

Let me begin by saying I have been on this site for over 5 it's current state with the ratings and such for over 3 years, as you can see on my neat little description box thingy.  At times I have taken a hiatus, and then returned..because I have met some very nice and humble people here.  So why create a blog?  I don't know..I guess I just felt the need to have a place to air my random thoughts to a captive audience. 

So whether it be about Steelers football, Penguins hockey, Pirates baseball (God help me), Magic basketball...or Ohio State athletics..I will try to give my frank and honest (non-homer so to speak) musings.  And there are other teams and topics in the sports world worth mention also..believe it or not. Cool



Category: General
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