It ain’t easy bein’ Neal

In one corner, Pirate fans demand Neal Huntington spend money:

I get the feeling that we are in for a long season. It seems management isn’t even going to try until the talent in the minors starts to move up into the majors. So why not have a sub-$30 million payroll?

I have an idea. How about trying to set a new record for the lowest payroll in this new baseball era?

The only reason to see this club is the beautiful stadium and Cutch. This is so sad. I really do think they have become irrelevant.

In the other corner, sportswriters looking for easy targets demand Neal Huntington cease spending money:

And yet, perhaps it won’t be Nomar. Perhaps it will be Jermaine Dye or Rocco Baldelli; Melvin Mora or Orlando Cabrera; Carl Pavano or Miguel Olivo. Names be damned, you can be guaranteed that, at some point this offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates, owners of 17-straight losing seasons, 17 remaining season-ticket holders and a 17-percent chance of winning more than 20 games in 2010 will make an inane acquisition. It is all but written.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.