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Pirates players are seriously peeved at ownership right now

Aug 25, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

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The Pirates have lost four in a row and eight out of 11 to fall two games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. And things aren’t that pretty off the field either.

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates players are angry at ownership for scheduling a charity event on the team’s scheduled off-day on Thursday. The twist is that it was scheduled the morning after the team returned from their West Coast trip. Kovacevic hears that the team had a bus waiting on the tarmac after their five-hour flight from San Diego to take the players to the Pirates Charities Sporting Clays Invitational at the Seven Springs Resort owned by team chairman Bob Nutting. Yes, after getting swept by the Padres, they were forced to shoot some clay pigeons.

Players who participated in the June 11 Pirates Charities Golf Classic were excused from the shoot, but that still left 10 players who were told to go, including a few key performers, plus pretty much everyone else who’d been on the plane.

What a blast it must have been.

The bus capped the 90-minute drive at Seven Springs by the crack of dawn, way early for the morning session that began at 10:30 and ended at 1 p.m.

By the time all were bused back to PNC Park, retrieved their cars and drove home, it was about 4 p.m.

The day was as shot as those pigeons.

Of the several players with whom I spoke Thursday at PNC Park before that beat-goes-on 6-5 loss to the Brewers, every last one of them fumed over it, though none would speak on the record.

“It’s a pennant race,” one player said. “Maybe everyone around here will realize that at some point.”

Kovacevic later notes that the 10 players involved were given the choice to participate in the shoot as scheduled or have it pushed back to September 6 when they had a true off-day with no travel. They elected to get it over with on Thursday. I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for millionaire athletes and charity is an important part of their duties, but this is just some really awful scheduling, regardless of whether the Pirates are contending or not.

  1. ezthinking - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Clearly ownership wants to showoff, not win.

  2. Andee - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.

  3. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Should’ve rescheduled.

  4. saints97 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I sure wish I could trade my problems for theirs.

    • ezthinking - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Under what set of circumstances is firing a shotgun a safe situation for a major league ballplayer? Unless they all shoot off-handed, they are putting the recoil of the gun into their throwing arms. Great use of an off day.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        What a stupid comment

      • ezthinking - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        Hockey players, no surprise you don’t get it. Go find a pond.

  5. kindasporty - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I don’t feel sorry for them, nor did I read anywhere that the players thought people should feel sorry for them. I do understand though that they have a job to do, and the pressure is on not only from within the organization, but from the fans too. If I were a Pirates fan, I’d be happy to hear that the players are taking playing in a pennant race seriously and are upset when they are being told to do things that could take away from that. It doesn’t garner any sympathy, but like I said, nobody was asking for sympathy.

    • hittfamily - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      You never said anybody was asking for sympathy. But like I said, Ted Turner was great for baseball.

  6. whodeytn - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Pirates, lol

    We all knew they would drop like flies at some point..

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    My cousin Jeff was back in Indy for this….should be back with the big team Monday,come on bucs, win like ten in a row here

  8. thephilsabide - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Baseball players crying about participating in a charity event (even in this situation) is as bad as it gets. Don’t publicly bitch, just suck it up and do it. You wanna get paid millions to play a game? This kind of stuff is gonna happen. Sleep in November.

    • mrredlegz - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      It doesn’t sound like any of them bitched publicly. They bitched privately, and the author decided to share it with the world.

  9. thephilsabide - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    They bitched to a newspaper reporter. Thats pretty public to me.

  10. borophyll - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    It’s easy to take a stand when you’re speaking off the record.

  11. johnnyb1976 - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Cry me a river buccos lol.

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