Pittsburgh Pirates: The June Juggernaut

After the Pittsburgh Pirates crushed four bombs last night in front of 45,000 plus at Busch Stadium, we started thinking about all of the runs the Pirates have scored this month. Guess what? The Pirates are a juggernaut.

Who leads the Major Leagues in runs scored in the month of June? You guessed it. The Bucs.

The Pirates have scored 139 runs this month. More than the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, you name the team the prolific Bucs are scoring more than any of them.

The team is slugging .457 and has put up a .787 OPS in June, both good for fourth in the bigs.

The Buccos have belted 38 bombs, which puts them in third behind the Yankees (43) and Toronto (41)

Does this month have to end?

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       Pittsburgh Pirate GM Neal Huntington wearily made his way to his office, from his parking space at the Federal Street offices of PNC Park. It was a sunny, humid June morning in Pittsburgh, and Huntington (with hair still wet and sticky from a shower) was called in early to meet with Pirate owner  Bob Nutting. It seems “the Regime leader” had something “sticking in his craw”, and wanted the GM to lend his ear for a bit.    Huntington wasn’t sure what it was all about. He had the team under budget and below the super glued Nutting Cap, the crowds were picking up, and the Pirates were surprisingly in second place (Not that Bob Nutting ever cared about the standings). However, when Nutting decided he wanted to meet, he wanted to meet now, not later.    Huntington began to shuffle some papers around that showed the latest WAR stats on his primary focus….The lower single A minor leagues. It was less than a minute later that the foghorn sounded in the distance….(“Oww-oooh-gaaaa!….. Which was only blasted when Nutting entered the building. It was official……The Regime leader was in the house.    Seconds later Bob Nutting was escorted into Huntington’s office by three of his personal henchmen…..As usual, dressed in traditional hillbilly garb. The pack of workers quickly seated Nutting in a throne like chair that they had brought with them in his personal SUV from Wheeling, WV. Huntington extended his hand with a smile: Huntington: Nice to see you boss! What I can do for you today? Nutting: Well Neal….First of all….Let me assure you that you’re doing a helluva job for us. You’ve got us under our cap, we’re raking in the dough with the baseball carnival, as I like to call it… And I hear we’re in 2nd place for the National League Championship. Ha!….How in  tarnation are we competing Neal?! Huntington: Frankly Mr. Nutting, I don’t know….I have to admit, I think Clint Hurdle really wants to win, and he’s got the guys believing in him. Nutting: You mean that tubby guy that replaced ol’ John Russell as manager? I always liked ‘ol John. In my opinion, he had an energy that few have in baseball. Huntington: Well Mr Nutting….The pressure built a bit, so we had to make a change. You know….Sometimes the natives get a little restless. Nutting: I don’t know why! I’ve been runnin’ this thing for only 16 years now. How quick do people expect a winner these days!? Anyway Neal….I wanted to talk about something that’s been bugging my brain for a couple weeks now. I happened to pick up that paper around here…What do they call it? Huntington: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette? Nutting: Yeah….That’s it! Anyway….It’s been brought to my attention that this guy Bob Smizik is running some kind of ….Fog….Or whatever they call it. Huntington: You mean blog? Nutting: Yeah…Whatever. Anyway….Every damn time I glance at the thing, I read all these crazy articles about us needin’ investigated, and you need to add players, and all this poo-poo exposing all our secrets. I see all these critters with wild names….Questioning us. What the hell is this Neal?! Huntington: Well Mr. Nutting….As you know, we have our marketing department on top of these things. They market, they blog, they sell, they blog, they control,  they blog, they lie.  You know…..The whole thing. Nutting: Hey….Speaking of lies….Where’s Coonelly these days?! I haven’t heard much from him since Christmas. Huntington: Ummm….He’s on assignment boss….A rehab assignment. He had a little problem, and he’s taking care of it back at his other home in Barcelona. Don’t worry…..He’s doing his work there. Nutting: Oh….I never doubt Coonelly….No sir!…haha….He’s one suave city slicker. Anyway Neal…I want you to get this Bob Smizik guy on the phone. I’m gonna put him right in his place. Phone him up! Huntington picked up the land line and dialed the extension for his assistant Fletcher. Within a minute….Fletcher had Bob Smizik on the phone. Huntington: Mr. Smizik….Neal Huntington here. Smizik: Why Neal….So nice to hear from you. What do I owe this honor to? Huntington: Well…The truth of the matter is that Mr. Nutting wants to speak with you. Seems he thinks you’ve gotten a little out of hand with your blog. Smizik: I’d be honored to speak with him. Put him right on. Nutting: Mr. Smizik!….Bob Nutting here. I wish this call was on friendlier terms, but I’ve got a complaint to file about your …What do you call it? Smizik: Blog? Nutting: Yes….Blog. What’s all this criticism?! You know….We Nuttings like to run things like we like to run things. No interference…..No rubber necking on our affairs. I look at this blog and all I see is you writing about us being investigated, and being inept. And….All who are all these people that call themselves Anti’s?! They’re enough to make me madder than a hornet in a squirrels den! Smizik: Well…In all honesty Mr. Nutting, I’m a retired columnist. I like to stir the pot when the pot needs stirred. I have a fondness of the deletion pen when it’s needed. Nutting: Hey….That deletion pen needs to get movin’ alot quicker in my opinion. Delete and drop all these rebellion’ers! Smizik: Mr. Nutting…With all due respect….Keep in mind that we have to keep freedom of press, and freedom of speech in mind here. Nutting: The hell with that!….I’m only concerned with the freedom to make the dollar Bill! I’m not asking you to run your paper like North Korea, but the least you can do is run it like Red China! Now let’s get down to the brass tacks Mr. Smizik…..I want it to start tilting my way….The Nutting Regime way. No more talk of our affairs like the $5 mil cap, investigations, pressure on Neal. I want you to start feeding the machine like a farmer feeds his roosters! And in return….I’ll tell you what I’ll do…..The word on the street is you like going to a game now and then yourself…..And you like the ice cream. I can’t promise you tickets, but I will promise you all the ice cream you can eat the rest of the season….IF you get this matter under control. Otherwise…There will be reppercussions….Are you in or are you out? Smizik: Well Mr. Nutting….I guess you leave me no choice. By the way….Does that include any flavor of ice cream? Nutting: Any flavor….Providing you work for my side. Smizik: I understand Mr. Nutting. You will see a change….Effective immediately. Nutting: Good….I’ll have my people take care of your ice cream coupons…..Good day to you Sir. *click* Nutting: Well..Neal….That takes care of that!!! Meanwhile….At the Smizik home….The phone rings again. Smizik: Hello? Bob Pompeani: Smiz….Bob Pompeani here. How are you?….Listen…We want to use you this Sunday night on the Sunday Sports Show Down for some Pirate talk. You’ll be the guy that speaks out against the Pirate front office. Are you available? Smizik: *Gulp*…..Ummmm…..Let me check my schedule Bob….I’ll get back with you.

  • dbazz5

       Pittsburgh Pirate GM Neal Huntington wearily made his way to his office, from his parking space at the Federal Street offices of PNC Park. It was a sunny, humid June morning in Pittsburgh, and Huntington (with hair still wet and sticky from a shower) was called in early to meet with Pirate owner  Bob Nutting. It seems “the Regime leader” had something “sticking in his craw”, and wanted the GM to lend his ear for a bit.    Huntington wasn’t sure what it was all about. He had the team under budget and below the super glued Nutting Cap, the crowds were picking up, and the Pirates were surprisingly in second place (Not that Bob Nutting ever cared about the standings). However, when Nutting decided he wanted to meet, he wanted to meet now, not later.    Huntington began to shuffle some papers around that showed the latest WAR stats on his primary focus….The lower single A minor leagues. It was less than a minute later that the foghorn sounded in the distance….(“Oww-oooh-gaaaa!….. Which was only blasted when Nutting entered the building. It was official……The Regime leader was in the house.    Seconds later Bob Nutting was escorted into Huntington’s office by three of his personal henchmen…..As usual, dressed in traditional hillbilly garb. The pack of workers quickly seated Nutting in a throne like chair that they had brought with them in his personal SUV from Wheeling, WV. Huntington extended his hand with a smile: Huntington: Nice to see you boss! What I can do for you today? Nutting: Well Neal….First of all….Let me assure you that you’re doing a helluva job for us. You’ve got us under our cap, we’re raking in the dough with the baseball carnival, as I like to call it… And I hear we’re in 2nd place for the National League Championship. Ha!….How in  tarnation are we competing Neal?! Huntington: Frankly Mr. Nutting, I don’t know….I have to admit, I think Clint Hurdle really wants to win, and he’s got the guys believing in him. Nutting: You mean that tubby guy that replaced ol’ John Russell as manager? I always liked ‘ol John. In my opinion, he had an energy that few have in baseball. Huntington: Well Mr Nutting….The pressure built a bit, so we had to make a change. You know….Sometimes the natives get a little restless. Nutting: I don’t know why! I’ve been runnin’ this thing for only 16 years now. How quick do people expect a winner these days!? Anyway Neal….I wanted to talk about something that’s been bugging my brain for a couple weeks now. I happened to pick up that paper around here…What do they call it? Huntington: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette? Nutting: Yeah….That’s it! Anyway….It’s been brought to my attention that this guy Bob Smizik is running some kind of ….Fog….Or whatever they call it. Huntington: You mean blog? Nutting: Yeah…Whatever. Anyway….Every damn time I glance at the thing, I read all these crazy articles about us needin’ investigated, and you need to add players, and all this poo-poo exposing all our secrets. I see all these critters with wild names….Questioning us. What the hell is this Neal?! Huntington: Well Mr. Nutting….As you know, we have our marketing department on top of these things. They market, they blog, they sell, they blog, they control,  they blog, they lie.  You know…..The whole thing. Nutting: Hey….Speaking of lies….Where’s Coonelly these days?! I haven’t heard much from him since Christmas. Huntington: Ummm….He’s on assignment boss….A rehab assignment. He had a little problem, and he’s taking care of it back at his other home in Barcelona. Don’t worry…..He’s doing his work there. Nutting: Oh….I never doubt Coonelly….No sir!…haha….He’s one suave city slicker. Anyway Neal…I want you to get this Bob Smizik guy on the phone. I’m gonna put him right in his place. Phone him up! Huntington picked up the land line and dialed the extension for his assistant Fletcher. Within a minute….Fletcher had Bob Smizik on the phone. Huntington: Mr. Smizik….Neal Huntington here. Smizik: Why Neal….So nice to hear from you. What do I owe this honor to? Huntington: Well…The truth of the matter is that Mr. Nutting wants to speak with you. Seems he thinks you’ve gotten a little out of hand with your blog. Smizik: I’d be honored to speak with him. Put him right on. Nutting: Mr. Smizik!….Bob Nutting here. I wish this call was on friendlier terms, but I’ve got a complaint to file about your …What do you call it? Smizik: Blog? Nutting: Yes….Blog. What’s all this criticism?! You know….We Nuttings like to run things like we like to run things. No interference…..No rubber necking on our affairs. I look at this blog and all I see is you writing about us being investigated, and being inept. And….All who are all these people that call themselves Anti’s?! They’re enough to make me madder than a hornet in a squirrels den! Smizik: Well…In all honesty Mr. Nutting, I’m a retired columnist. I like to stir the pot when the pot needs stirred. I have a fondness of the deletion pen when it’s needed. Nutting: Hey….That deletion pen needs to get movin’ alot quicker in my opinion. Delete and drop all these rebellion’ers! Smizik: Mr. Nutting…With all due respect….Keep in mind that we have to keep freedom of press, and freedom of speech in mind here. Nutting: The hell with that!….I’m only concerned with the freedom to make the dollar Bill! I’m not asking you to run your paper like North Korea, but the least you can do is run it like Red China! Now let’s get down to the brass tacks Mr. Smizik…..I want it to start tilting my way….The Nutting Regime way. No more talk of our affairs like the $5 mil cap, investigations, pressure on Neal. I want you to start feeding the machine like a farmer feeds his roosters! And in return….I’ll tell you what I’ll do…..The word on the street is you like going to a game now and then yourself…..And you like the ice cream. I can’t promise you tickets, but I will promise you all the ice cream you can eat the rest of the season….IF you get this matter under control. Otherwise…There will be reppercussions….Are you in or are you out? Smizik: Well Mr. Nutting….I guess you leave me no choice. By the way….Does that include any flavor of ice cream? Nutting: Any flavor….Providing you work for my side. Smizik: I understand Mr. Nutting. You will see a change….Effective immediately. Nutting: Good….I’ll have my people take care of your ice cream coupons…..Good day to you Sir. *click* Nutting: Well..Neal….That takes care of that!!! Meanwhile….At the Smizik home….The phone rings again. Smizik: Hello? Bob Pompeani: Smiz….Bob Pompeani here. How are you?….Listen…We want to use you this Sunday night on the Sunday Sports Show Down for some Pirate talk. You’ll be the guy that speaks out against the Pirate front office. Are you available? Smizik: *Gulp*…..Ummmm…..Let me check my schedule Bob….I’ll get back with you.
     
     
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