I have been out of touch with the world for more than a week but it seems like much longer. Have you ever had one of those moments in time where everything else just stops and you become completely emersed in whatever it is that you are doing? That was me for the past week and a half or more. So spending this past weekend trying to catch up on things was no easy task. There has been a lot going on in my narrow-minded world of sports/collecting. I figured I would take a moment to gather these thoughts.
So in lue of additional time on the bench, Ben was stripped of a share of the Team Captaincy. That's a slight exaggeration since the job is voted on by teammates but it sure is a indication of his popularity right now in the locker room. Instead, Hines Ward (no surprise), Heath Miller, James Farrior, and Keyaron Fox (well deserved yet big surprise) get to wear the "C"...if this was hockey. But it isn't so they will be on the 50 yard line for coin tosses.
Spending on the team is not a priority and until it becomes evident that they are being (mis)managed as a MLB "farm" team, the league won't step in, nor should they because to them, it's a business. Good businesses make money, bad ones don't. It's unfortunate for the players on a team that has 0% committment to put a product on the field that can compete and win. They built a new stadium that holds 38,496 people for regular baseball game, which I believe is still the 2nd smallest in the Major Leagues. Even still, the average attendance is 20,115 or 52% according to estimated numbers on ESPN's MLB site. That is basically half the attendance of the top 10 teams in the league.
Is there anything those top 10 have in common? Only 68 Division Series appearances, 24 Championship Series appearances, 17 World Series appearances, and 10 World Series victories since the Pirates began their downward spiral. In the end when the 20,000 faithfulls get up and leave, we will see how frugality of Pecos Bob's decisions have destroyed this team.
And that's all I have to say about that....for now.