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spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.7 - Posts: 667)
Sat, 17th Oct '09 1:41 PM

TRIBUTE TO THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Thirty years ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series. The "We are Family" gang won the NL East. It could have been the Expos but they choked in many ways, not just the fact they could not beat the Pirates head to head. The team with the star covered caps then sweep Cincinnati. They were down 3 games to 1 to Baltimore but showed the resilience that characterized that team and won three straight, the last two on the road to win it all.
In 1992 the Pirates were one pitch away from beating the Atlanta Braves and would have met the Toronto Blue Jays in the Fall Classic, but it was not to be. A hit by Francisco Cabrera eliminated the Bucs.
Since then they have had a record setting 18 straight losing seasons.
For anyone who has read my former posts, here is where I stand. I love the city of Pittsburgh. Been there and hope to visit again. I am a die hard Dallas fan so I dislike the Steelers. The Stanley Cup champs still lack the class that the team had when Mario played.
The Bucs are suffering the fate all small market teams face. Baseball is Yankees only, they have the best players because they can afford to pay them inflated salaries. No other teams can compete with them year after year. You may get one low salary team to win one year such as the 2003 Marlins but the players will soon be gone to greener paydays. The Baseball Players union is the strongest in the country and will never allow a true salary cap as we see in other sports such as hockey. It is not the fact that players go for the highest bidder. If we had the talent and skills they have, we would do the same. Greed and Yankee both have two ee's. Yankee fans rejoice your team is destroying the game they play so well.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 17th Oct '09 3:09 PM

You know, for a team that's destroying the game through a lack of competitive balance, how do you account for the fact that they've yet to win a championship this century? Better to blame the Red Sox in that regard. They're the only team with two titles this millennium. Plus, it's not like other low payroll teams can't play with the big boys ... ask the Twins and A's. The Royals did better than .500 a few years ago, the Nationals even had 81 wins not long ago. Seems to me this run of futility is the fault of the Pirates' management, and no one else.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 17th Oct '09 3:41 PM

Stanley Cup champs still lack the class that the team had when Mario played
I don't know what that means?

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 874)
Sat, 17th Oct '09 6:09 PM

Baseball is Yankees only? I don't understand this whole thread.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 9:36 AM

Pittsburgh once had a Major League Baseball team, is the gist of it. How are the Pipers looking for the season?

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.7 - Posts: 667)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 6:59 PM

The post was originally supposed to be a remembrance about the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the 1979 World Series and nothing more. Lack of sleep and bad judgement made me continue into a tirade about the balance of power being in the hands of those teams that can lay out the money to lure the best players. If Sploofus had a delete button for posts I would use it.

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 874)
Tue, 20th Oct '09 5:17 PM

It was nice that you came back on & said that Richard. Few would.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 21st Oct '09 8:49 AM

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates should be pictured in Webster's next to "Team Chemistry". Speed, Power, Experience and just enough pitching. Pittsburgh gave up a lot of young talent to acquire Phil Garner and Manager Chuck Tanner from Oakland. They were a fun team to watch.


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