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 Post subject: Re: Fu&k you, Joel Hanrahan...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:02 pm 

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Charleston_Charlies wrote:
Guys, come on, that's harsh. We're all upset with the collapse of this year's team, but that's a little out of line. I've been frustrated enough to say similar things during the season (to myself on the back deck after a loss), but let's get serious.

If anyone thought we were going to win it all this year, well... you weren't thinking with your head. Some of us have our hearts in this thing, and I can understand the frustration. But let's take a realistic look at where we are. We all want to win it this year, but the truth is that we are a few years away.

Keep the faith brothers. I'm an "older guy" (at age 46) who has seen some good days as a life-long Pirates fan. More good days are are coming. Let's continue to support this team, enjoy the improvements we've made this season, hold out hope for next year, and be honorable men/ women with the young men who are trying their hardest to represent our Pittsburgh Pirates. "F' you" comments are not what we need, despite the frustration we all feel. We can be more productive as fans to support these young men, and treat the players, AND each other with respect.

Just my opinion. I'm frustrated too, but I choose to support rather than tear down.

Lifelong Bucco fan.

Dropping an F-bomb may be harsh, but the sentiment is real. Sure it is knee-jerk to aim that at Joel Hanrahan, but I guess a better statement would be to the whole organization.

Look, the future is brighter than it has been for years. Having said that, this was an EPIC collapse. The type that has NEVER happened in baseball before. Think about that for a second. There has never been a team that was 16 games above .500 that late in the season and NOT finish above .500. Nearly 150 years of baseball and the Pirates futulity surpassed two major negative milestones this year. 20 straight losing seasons and the record just mentioned above. I didn't expect a W.S. win, heck not even the playoffs, but when you are two and a half weeks of baseball above .500 in August and you end the season 5 games (as of right now) below .500 you should be ASHAMED!

I thank the Pirates for inspiring me (through early August). They restored my pride in the organization. It was fun to watch Bucco baseball. Zoltan, as cheesy as it is, was a fun thing to see. The future with Cole, Taillon, Marte, et al is exciting. All of this and more is what makes this disaster even more painful.

This Reds series was a microcosm of the entire season. The first game (much like the first 6 weeks of the season) our team had decent pitching, but couldn't hit the ball at all. The second game the team scuffled and battled. Winning with a mindblowing HR by our best player (the middle 80 games of this season were wild, crazy and McCutchen-filled too). Game 3, particularly in the 9th, saw an epic collapse. Our closer blows the game, our coaching (Leyva) and baserunning ran us out of the tie, and finally the (lack of) clutch hitting failed us miserably. If that frustration lead to that remark, in the heat of the moment and that offended you...sorry, but it was what I felt at that moment.

Lifelong fan too, that lives on the premise that if you f-up and get called be it. This is Major League Baseball, not little league...there aren't trophies for participation.

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