Did Pirates Manager John Russell Need Sedated Yesterday?

I think I witnessed Johnny Russell pull a Johnny Ramone yesterday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates John Russell has had a difficult time as manager of the young ball club. Yesterday we were listening to the game and Pirates broadcaster John ‘The Rock’ Wehner insisted Ronny Cedeno was bunting without direction from the coaching staff.

We have to admit it didn’t make sense with Pirates on first and second and nobody out.  Mainly because the pitcher, Brad Lincoln was up next.  Sure Lincoln is a good hitter for a pitcher, but come on.  So when we watched the FSN broadcast on Tivo last night, we got no indication that the Pirates coaching staff was upset with Cedeno. We would think someone on the coaching staff would be livid if a player did his own thing in a scoreless ball game in the fifth inning.  

We’re not smelling what you’re cooking Rock.

Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno attempts to bunt against the Chicago Cubs. It failed. He ended up striking out.

After the Cedeno fail, the Pirates still had runners on first and second with one out and pitcher Brad Lincoln at the plate.  Johnny headed for the end of the bench. We thought he might be going to have a talk with Cedeno. Nope. He just needed something…..

JR heads for the goodie bag

JR walked right back [continue reading] to the dugout steps and munched away. I am just curious what is in the ….”sunflower seed bag?”

Ahh, that's better.

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated
Just get me to the airport put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers I can’t control my brain
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go….
Just put me in a wheelchair, get me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers I can’t control my brain
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do and no where to go-o-o I wanna be sedated
Just put me in a wheelchair get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers I can’t control my toes
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go…
Just put me in a wheelchair…
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated

The Ramones 

Topics: John Russell, Pirates Blog, Pittsburgh Pirates, The Ramones

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  • http://pirateswfc.blogspot.com Brian

    I’m pretty sure Cedeno got the bunt sign too. Of course the move is stupid but honestly, I’m not sure that Cedeno is a better hitter than Brad Lincoln.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Cedeno plays ball about every day of his life. It makes me believe some time away from the game could serve him well. Get a freaking hobby maybe.