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A decade of Pirates baseball: Oh the humanity!

Dec 23, 2009, 8:39 PM EST

If you’re a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, you might want to avert your eyes. The rest of you may proceed to check out an amusing look at the best and worst moments of the Pirates’ decade, courtesy of Joe Starkey of the Tribune-Review.

You can probably take a guess at what the ratio of best/worst moments is. Needless to say, it ain’t pretty. Some highlights:

  • April 9, 2001: The opening of PNC Park, one of the best stadiums in the majors, should have been a great night. But the christening took place only hours after the death of Willie Stargell, and of course the Pirates lost, 9-2 to the Reds.
  • June 7, 2007: Pirates pass on Matt Wieters at No. 4 spot in draft, instead selecting relief pitcher Daniel Moskos. The team then shines a spotlight on its own stupidity in a press release that says “(Moskos) was ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best pitcher available in the draft.”
  • July 10, 2003: Randall Simon arrested for clubbing a racing sausage at Miller Park and is fined $432.10 for disorderly conduct.
  • 2009: Pitcher Ian Snell requests and is granted demotion to minors, saying, “I think the team is better off without me.”

There are a lot more entertaining nuggets in there. Check it out.

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  1. smokehouse - Dec 23, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Sounds like Bob Harkins doesn’t like the Bucs. What was the purpose of this story Bob? Talk about players mailing it in at the end of the season.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 23, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    I suspect that his purpose was to entertain and amuse. In the case of the Pirates of today, derision is an incipient element of any master narrative.
    I believe, by the way, that the Bucs must give any prospective front office employee a questionnaire to fill out that is a sort of Parallax Test for idiocy. With a choice of two different rivers to drink from, I doubt if it’s the water.

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