Monday, July 31, 2006

This reminds me of

the Saturday Night Massacre, when Nixon fired Archibald Cox, Elliott Richardson, and William Ruckelshaus. You watch something like this the way you watch an automobile accident--astonished that what is actually happening is worse than anything you could have imagined in your darkest, most paranoid fantasies. As it happens, you think, "It really is as bad as I feared it was."

Craig Wilson for Shawn Chacon. Just stop and ponder that for a moment.

The only hope: If you really believe that regime change is the only possible hope for the Pirates fan--and I do really believe that--then what happened today can only hasten regime change. This makes the team worse in the short term and worse in the long term.

I am going to start eating sensibly and exercising. I want to be alive in 2008 so I can root for the Pirates when they have a new general manager.


Anonymous bucdaddy said...


You and I go round and round on several subjects, but for once we find common ground. On the whole, it's really really hard to see how this advances the cause. Unless, of course, you're Ogden Nutting.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 6:00 AM, July 31, 2006, the Pirates had X value in players. At 4:00 PM that same day, the team had less than X value in players.

Year after year it’s the same thing. The organization regresses a bit or even a lot. It’s hard to imagine that the 1999-2000 season may have been the pinnacle for the McClatchy partnership and that firing Bonifay and opening PNC Park marked the moment when its descent would become noticible!

Comparing the McClatchy Pirates to the Nixon administration looks appropriate to my eyes. Meanness and stupidity permeate nearly everything the front office does.

2:56 PM  

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