Here’s the truth: This is the most anyone besides Pirate fans will notice the Pirates all year. The Pirates are currently the national afterthought, the joke of a team that’s been sacrificed to the debut of the most hyped pitching prospect in the history of baseball. No one expects the Pirates to do anything in this game besides strike out nine or ten times, go back to the locker room with their heads between their tails, and give the huge assembled scores of media some nice quotes about how awesome Strasburg is.
And that’s all people should expect from the Pirates tonight. But no one wants to be a sacrificial lamb, and there’s going to be a lot of pride on the line for the guys in black and gold tonight. I sure as hell hope they go down with a fight.
The first pitch is 7:05 and if you’re out of market, you’ll be able to watch it on the MLB Network (Unless you live in an area like, say, North Carolina, that’s considered Nats territory then doesn’t carry the game. In that case, I think you’ll be blacked out like you would be on MLB.tv. Not positive about this, but pretty sure.). The daily Clemente/Cangelosi update is after the jump.
Not sure what this is? Check here and here. Short version: in the comments pick the Pirates you think will be most and least valuable in today’s game. If you haven’t jumped aboard yet, it’s been a lot of fun so far and now’s as good a time as any to join in.
Crazy, crazy day. Standings (mostly Dana Eveland-inflated) are up:
- Don_Madden: 34
- ndbrian, dafletch: 21
- North Shore Ryan, brian2: 20
- Woodward, Carnegie Chip: 18
- hisjazziness: 15
- Wizard of Woz, J. Latrobe: 14
- hwtrine68, pdiddy0020: 13
- michaelbro8: 12
- whygavs, Garrett122: 11
- UtesFan890, bwzimmerman: 8
- apk, edgeman2k: 7
- Nate, TuckerD13, dboz, edgeman2k, Dave_Mesing, Mornacale: 6
- TheHulk, WallyR, Cecelio_Guante: 5
- TomKaikis, Joek, tylerrcurtis, TheJewelryMan!, fruitbat, appeal2smail: 3
- PatrickHealy, MattB, SteelCity66, BadAndy, spazaru, Adam_Reynolds, Mr. Ando, cocktailsfor2: 2
- FSU Bucs, Christy, appeal2smail, SeanGentile, shsteimer, TheHulk, Traco Bucco, Tate, Neopold, IndianaJohns04, wk kortas, jac8, Mr. Ando, DoctorGeeves, CoryR: 1
- Everyone else: 0
- NSN, Mosca, danatural, Teflon, John Sparrow, matt w, Fielding Yost, PHook4000: -1