Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for joker15.jpgSorry Joker, I just can’t put a smile on my face. The Pirates dropped their 6th in a row and looked overmatched. More overmatched than a high school baseball team taking on the Yankees. I would say you guys, the Pirates but I honestly am not sure if you could beat a high school team. The Pirates have been outscored 27-4 from the seventh inning on in the past 10 games. Its no surprise that the Bucs are 2-6 in those last 10 games. The 10 game mark has been the number of contests since Pittsburgh unleashed their trades and showcased their new lineup. At first glance I loved the look and believed in the Bucs. With Lastings Milledge, Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno. I thought it was a decent core that would stop at nothing to compete in these last few months of the season- I was surely mistaken. I feel embarrased that the Pirates have been destroyed the way they have over this past week. WHile they still can turn it around and win a few games-it just wont mean anything. I would like to see them develop and fuse into the team I want to watch in the future but they way they have been playing gives me little hope for the future.

I know the organization will not go out and spend money on free agents so it looks like I’m stuck with this team for at least the next year. While I do like the players, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t think they have it in them now to give the Pirates a winning season in 2010. I understand the rebuilding plan better than anyone. We are definately in better shape than we would be with the players we traded away. I enjoy the future and know we will succeed- I just want to be shown something I can believe in.

wvu.jpgNow there is something I do believe in. LETS GOOOO MOUNTAINEERS

The USA Today poll was released for the college football season and the Mountaineers are not in the top 25. You would think I would be a little upset about this but I am not. In past few seasons the Mountaineers have been ranked in the top ten and have underachieved. With expectations lowered and the national eye focused on other teams I’m sure WVU will fly under the radar and surprise some people.

In the fall I will be covering the women’s soccer team for the school newspaper. The women are coming off the Big East regular season chamapionship and a strong showing in the NCAA tournament. This season they have reloaded and maintain a strong offense that is sure to put the ball in the net. While I’m not the biggest soccer fan I am so excited to cover the team and develop a greater appreciation for this fine sport. While baseball is the national pastime, there no question that soccer is the world’s pastime.

-Now back to baseball.

charlie.jpg  Charlie Morton takes the hill against a strong Adam Wainwright. Wainwright is 12-7 and Morton is 2-4. I am a huge fan of Mortons (he has potential to be my next Ian Snell) I hope he can recover from his last two mediocre starts. It will be tough though against a team like the Cardinals. It will also be tough for a team like the Pirates. The need to get out of the doldrums and get their bats to wake up. PNC Park will be packed tonight in anticipation of a Fireworks night. The band O.A.R is also going to be playing after the game and the stadium will be filled with young kids and college kids like myself. I think I will be the only one there going for the baseball game, everyone else is pumped for fireworks and OAR. I do enjoy OAR I have two of their CDs and even though I am a bigger fan of rap and country music, their genre appeals to me and I really dig their sound. Nontheless it will be a great atmosphere and the Pirates need to show the community that they know what their doing and these are the guys to shape the future.



  1. devilabrit

    Hope you have fun covering the soccer in the fall, your right about it being the world’s pastime….As for the Pirates, I think it will take them time, your playing a lot of clubs in the hunt, so it’s tough for the new guys to really get into it and try to resolve the mess they inherited…
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  2. raysrenegade

    I still fee you guys are really going to like Ronny Cedeno once he gets used to the style of play in Pittsburgh.
    The guy was clutch in Seattle, and is a menace on the base paths.
    You might miss Sanchez, but this guy is just as athletic, and he is growing into being a more powerful guy at the plate. Might not seem like it now, but the guy is going to be so good for you in 2010.
    I am still hoping you guys can pop up to .500 and lose the “losing season” moniker. Your team is so much better than their record.

    Rays Renegade


  3. Jane Heller

    Very cool that you’ll be covering women’s soccer for the newspaper. And don’t get too down about the Pirates. I know it’s easy for me to say as a Yankee fan, but Cat is right: Cinderella stories are everywhere in baseball and the Pirates could be next year’s example.


  4. southernbelle

    Matt: I like that you will be covering women’s soccer. That’s cool. I got my tickets renewed for the Renegade’s game, and I’ll be going again tomorrow. And I don’t think it will rain tomorrow, which means the game will start on time!
    My Yankees are sure playing well. They took the first 2 games, and are 1 out away from nailing the 3rd. I hope they can sweep tomorrow. I wish your Pirates luck! -Virginia
    Oh, Ortiz just struck out. Yay! We win game 3!

  5. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Hey man, just got back from camp and wanted to check out your blog. COngrats on the new job in your newspaper, sounds fun to me. Good luck to your boys in the rest of the season, even if things are grim. Keep your head up!


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