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The Pirates are finished

Apr 6, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

Andrew McCutchen AP

This year, the Pirates are all about finishing what they start.

According to The Associated Press, the team ordered dozens of black-and-yellow shirts with the phrase “finish” to remind the Pirates about the importance of mental toughness.

The Pirates, of course, had a pretty nice first half last year before fading fast and finishing 72-90. They were 51-44 through 95 games and 21-46 the rest of the way.

The article continues:

[Manager Clint] Hurdle believes the team will be focused following the lessons of August and September. The addition of veterans Rod Barajas, Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee – all veterans of postseason play – should give the young clubhouse a calming presence.

Those veterans of postseason play have combined to go all of 4-for-28 in October. Barmes has half of those at-bats and went hitless in all 14. Barajas’ last postseason appearance came 10 years ago.

But they will be calming, for sure. Not a one of them ever figures to be responsible for A.J. Burnett whipping up a shaving cream pie this year.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Pirates organization is pathetic. I don’t care how much they play the “small market” victim to have 20 losing seasons is a disgrace.
    Very sad. I hope they turn it around.

    • threeriversburghblog - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      19 straight losing seasons spanning over four different ownerships. The three prior to this one had no idea what they were doing. Turning around an entire franchise from the top down isn’t an overnight process.

      • mybrunoblog - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Ummm, this just in….
        Pirates have had 3 owners over the past 19 years of losing seasons and one of them was there for 11 of those seasons. Pathetic may be inaccurate I should have said pathetic and incompetent.
        Call em as I see em.

  2. jtchernak - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I hope they never turn it around and never become good disgrace to baseball

  3. randygnyc - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Total ripoff of the NY football Giants. Coughin made that their mantra last year.

  4. threeriversburghblog - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I am not really sure what this was supposed to be about.

    • gwjones7 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      This April 6, Matthew is all about not finishing what he starts.

  5. jason1214 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Funny how teams with a losing culture, need a “mantra”

    • scatterbrian - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      …in an effort to create a winning culture. Yes, winning needs to happen for the culture to change, but this is at least a step in the right direction.

  6. pmreddick - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I’m wondering the same thing as threeriversburghblog. What was the message being conveyed here? The Pirates aren’t good? The Pirates signed three guys in the off-season who aren’t all-stars? AJ Burnett is gifted in the shaving cream pie making area?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I mostly just liked the quoted paragraph and felt the need to comment on it.

  7. localbandhero - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Pittsburgh fans get spoiled. With 2 dominant franchises (Steelers and Pens), they need a crappy one. It keeps everyones egos in check, ya know?

  8. rambodiaz - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    During John Russell’s tenure, the team was routinely knocked for having no personality or passion.

    Now, Clint Hurdle’s there, he’s outgoing and puts a positive spin on things, and the team is knocked for trying to build up teamwork.

    *yawn*

    The Bucs are a deservedly-easy target until they win. Sometimes I do wish that folks would try a little harder with their criticisms, though.

    • florida76 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      No doubt, people would rather pile on the Pirates instead of recognizing the progress being made, it’s the nature of the internet. Despite the losing streak, the Pirates remain one of baseball’s most storied franchises if you are knowledgeable about the game. The vast majority of MLB clubs would love to have the type of success the club has achieved overall. The losing streak has simply tarnished the reputation of the franchise for the time being, especially among some younger fans.

      With the injuries to the pitching staff, the Bucs will likely struggle in the early part of the season. Losing 1-0 opening day to a HOF bound pitcher is nothing to be ashamed about.

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