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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Bob Nutting: Get Lost

Feb 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

You know how I feel about open letters, but this one from the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Pirate owner Bob Nutting is pretty good for the genre:

Dear Mr. Nutting,

Major league sports is a brutal business. What with aggressive
player agents, deep-pocketed competitors and more venues vying for the
public’s entertainment dollar, it is not a pursuit for the faint of

Still, your family has had an ownership stake in the Pirates for 14
years and you’ve been the controlling owner since January 2007. Not
once during the Nuttings’ involvement has the team had a winning
season. The Pirates’ streak of 17 losing campaigns exceeds any run of
futility in the history of professional sports. It is, no doubt, as
frustrating for you as it is for the fans.

The difference between you and the other Pirates faithful, though, is you can do something about it.

The letter goes on to describe the epic-ness of Nutting’s fail, and implores him to call Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and sell the team already.  I’m sure there are countless Pirates fans who nodded in approval as they read this over their Count Chocula this morning.

  1. Jonny5 - Feb 4, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    That’s why I kept hearing Amen all day here in south Jersey! What a relief! I thought I was either dying or going nuts…….

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Well, you could be doing those things, too.

  3. JE - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    I am oh, so certain that the editorial board is qualified to cast judgment on the Pirates front office. Oh, wait, according to BucsDugout (, the paper *used* to have an ownership stake in the club! (Hint: the club was not very good then either.)

  4. larry marcs - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    For shame…
    I grew up with the team in the early 1950’s and couldn’t wait until they finally reached the pinnacle of success…Oh what a year…1960!
    It’s very sad to see such a one-time successful franchise, with devoted fans, put up with mediocre talent and 17 years of “minor league baseball”!
    For shame…

  5. Bill - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    This editorial ignores quite a few facts. Interesting that they leave out the part where Mario Lemieux’s ownership group started off by trading their best players (Jagr, Kovalev, Straka, Lang) because their salaries were too high and got absolutely nothing in return. They also ignore the part where Lemieux’s ownership group hasn’t put any of their own money into the team. Their increased payroll is tied entirely to increased revenues that were created when they lucked/failed into two of the best players in the world. Also ignores the part where Lemieux was threatening to move the team to Kansas City.
    Maybe most importantly it ignores the Post Gazette’s own role in Pirates ownership. They owned a good portion of the team for years. They never had any problem with the team’s spending then, and were very biased in their coverage.

  6. DSFC - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Like I said the last time this subject arose – unless MLB’s going to rig a draft for the Pirates the way the NHL did for the Penguins, this won’t make a bit of difference.

  7. Megary - Feb 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Why is it that after reading this, all I keep asking myself is, “Count Chocula? Really? Do they even make this cereal anymore, or has it gone the way of Crispy Critters & Super Sugar Crisp?”

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