Three years ago, a terrible Pirate team on an awful losing streak and a Royals team with the worst record in baseball combined to create a black hole of suck that nearly devoured baseball. Three years later, Allard Baird and Dave Littlefield are gone and both franchises are moving in the general direction of the light. This year, we celebrate the three-year anniversary of the worst series in baseball history/WHYGAVS semi-mainstream breakthrough with the Pirates and Royals playing at PNC Park. Thankfully, Kip Wells is nowhere near anyone this weekend.
Tonight, the Pirates send Virgil Vasquez out to the mound for his first appearance in black and gold to face off against Gil Meche. The Pirates are holding tenuously on to giving everyone a faint hope that they can finish .500. John Russell has even settled into a semi-regular starting lineup to mark the occasion. Vasquez probably isn’t much better than a Josh Fogg/Jeff Karstens type player, but I suppose he’s worth a shot if Ian Snell is going to be difficult.