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Pirates President Frank Coonelly: "Losing stinks"

Sep 1, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

Pirates team President Frank Coonelly sat down for his monthly web chat earlier today, and was asked by a reader how it felt to run “the losingest team in baseball.”  His response:

Given that we have many young readers of this chat, I will keep my
answer G-rated: It stinks. It’s embarrassing, painful and incredibly
aggravating. I never expected us to sit with just 44 wins on Sept. 1,
2010. We have more talent than that, and I expect us to play much better
during this final month.

Nothin’ personal against Coonelly, but I am going to guess that you could count the number of “young readers” surfing over to a Frank Coonelly live chat on one hand and still have enough fingers left over to pick your nose and pound out the opening drum riff to “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris on the desk at the same time.

Well, maybe I’m wrong. I mean, I still remember the days of my youth, when my brother and I used to camp outside of Jim Campbell’s house in Grosse Pointe, hoping to catch a glimpse of him — maybe snag an autograph — and, perchance, to hear him hold forth on what the future held for the Tigers.

Those executives are why we all fell in love with the game, I imagine.

  1. Steve C - Sep 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Real embarrassing to walk into the bank every month and make a nice fat deposit. Probably swims around in his money like Scrooge McDuck.

  2. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    He should know how it feels.

    But, Craig, explain something to me…based on your analogy, exactly which finger are you using to pick your nose?

  3. Ditto65 - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    I would beat my kid if I caught her watching that garbage.

  4. doctorfunke - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Did you know Martin Blank growing up?

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