Oct 7, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A fan waves a pirate flag before game four of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Pittsburgh Pirates fans would be wise to manage expectations


The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offseason has been decidedly undramatic, which has angered a significant portion of the fan base who expected something more. In his latest Just A Minute video, Matt Gajtka reminds us why that mentality will only lead to disappointment.




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  • scott stevens

    Matt,
    Good advise, but I would take it one step further. Since the owner is a penny pinching cheapskate who runs the team as a business, the fans should treat it as a business and stay away from a business that doesn’t improve its product. City of Champions, hard to agree when you have arguably the worst rum franchise (Pirates} in all of sports.

    • Matt Gajtka

      Kind of a bad time to make that claim though. Minus Burnett, this is the same team that got itself to 70-plus wins by the end of August. The product is much improved overall, even if we can agree it hasn’t been improved much since the season. If the team starts losing again, then you have a better point. Pirates were quite entertaining last year.

      • scott stevens

        Very entertaining last year, that is what makes it all the more discouraging this year. Can you explain why a team that will be getting 20 million in TV revenues, had a hugh bump in profits from last year and has GI and maybe AJ off the books, as well as Clint B pay reduced is crying poverty. Terms like “not in our comfort zone” or”we’re not paying market value for players” is a slap in our face. The team made huge strides last year and a lot broke their way, Losing Byrd, Morneau, GI, and AJ? and picking up the 2 worst FA on the market does not make this team anyway close to last years. Just either answer or find out where the 20-30 mil in extra cash is going, that would be a good story and now is a good time since they are doing nothing for the team or its fans.

        • Matt Gajtka

          You make some great points. I have to admit I hate speculating on ownership’s motivations because we just don’t know. As a fan, there’s not much you can do except accept the team’s budget and hope they spend their money wisely.

        • Matt Gajtka

          I do think Coonelly’s comments on the Root TV deal being middle-of-the-pack deserve exploration, though. Maybe a subject for a future post…

  • JBubs

    Frugality is and always will be a
    virtue. It is in the interest of any franchise owner and management team to increase the value of the franchise. For 20 years the Pirates were a joke. No more.The Pirates have increased in value under the direction of Nutting and Company. This is good for Nutting, good for the players, and good for the fans. This year the Pirates may regress, may plateau, or may catch fire. Who knows? Success is hardly ever a straight line. Let’s not forget that the farm system is very much improved. One thing is certain: The 2014 Pirates right now are good ball club. The team looks to be solid for years to come. I am going to enjoy the ride.

    • Matt Gajtka

      I am on board with that. Doing it this way is difficult at the start, but if you do it right it leads to a longer run of contention. So far, so good on that approach.

      • JBubs

        One more thought, Matt. No matter how the Bucs finish next year is going to be alright with me as long as they POUND THE BREWERS and get the better of the Phillies…

        • Matt Gajtka

          Haha I would love to see the Phillies more…maybe in the next realignment.