Pittsburgh Pirates: A Message to Disgruntled Fans

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Not to be rude but….

One of the dumbest conversations that I ever had on social media took place on May 15th, 2015. That was the date that the Pittsburgh Pirates had an exciting affair with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, which ended in dubious fashion. Gregory Polanco fell in right field, allowing the winning run to score. The Cubs won, 11-10 in 12 innings. Unfortunately, I can’t pull up the conversation because it happened too long ago, but you should still get the idea of the point I’m making.

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Soon after the game was over, one of the baseball experts (I think it was Buster Onley) tweeted that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be joking about Polanco’s blunder within a day. One of our idiotic fans tweeted that Polanco’s error, get ready for it.. ”hurt the fans more than it hurt the players”. I couldn’t resist firing back.  I don’t remember what I said. However, by this point in the article, you know what my attitude is on fans like this, you should have a pretty good idea that I disagree with this man’s claim. After I had said what I said, he responded with something along the lines of ”at the end of the day; the players still collect their pay”.

Now I’m pretty sure most of the people reading this have common sense.

I’m not going to insult your intelligence by explaining everything wrong with that conversation. The main gist is that professional athletes can be seen as millionaires who don’t give a damn. That is just not true. As Tom Hanks said in ”A League of Their Own”; ”If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.”

Pittsburgh is a great sports city with a lot of great fans. But sometimes, we tend to take things we have no control over a little too seriously. This article is not at all meant to be a middle finger to the paying customer. Instead, it is intended to focus on, pardon my cliché, the big picture. I am 18 years old and a freshman at Waynesburg University. I am a journalism major.

No matter what happens nothing changes.

If the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series, I will still be 18 years old. a freshman at Waynesburg University and a journalism major. Say the Pirates lose every game they play the rest of the year, I will still be 18 years old, a freshman at Waynesburg University, and a journalism major. If the Pirates win the World Series, Clint Hurdle will get a ring, and will join a list of just 64 people who can say they have managed a World Series champion. If the Pittsburgh Pirates lose every game they play the rest of the year; Clint Hurdle is getting the boot. After breaking that down, who do you think the Pittsburgh Pirates mean more too; Joe Smeltzer or Clint Hurdle?

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The fans of Pittsburgh deserve a winner. But so do Ivan Nova, Ryan Vogelsong, Neal Huntington, Steven Brault, Felipe Rivero, Clint Hurdle, the scouts, the trainers, etc. Unlike us fans, those are the guys that make baseball their lives work.

*Disclaimer* I am not referring to any real people aside from members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Fan’s names not real.