Archive for the ‘Pittsburgh Pirates’ Category

These Pirates Have Commandeered This Vessel

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Tuesday night my Twitter feed was inundated with NFL comings and goings. As was expected in the first day post-lockout. But when I returned to the Twitter-verse on the late night, I found a thread much more enthralling than anything pigskin-related. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves were matched up in an ...

Raise The Jolly Roger!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

  The Pirates beat the Astros on Tuesday night, which in itself is not a particularly noteworthy accomplishment. Many Little League teams are probably capable of the same task. But where the victory puts the Pirates IS something to write home about. With a 45-41 record, the Bucs are four games over .500 ...

Dock Ellis And His Acid-Induced No-Hitter

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Most people know the story of the late Dock Ellis.  He was a World Series winning pitcher for the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and the starter in that year's All-Star Game. But Dock's lasting legacy is his 1970 no-hitter, which he threw under the influence of LSD. The way more creative guys than ...

Pirates Rookie Ready For Prime Time

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

There's usually not much reason to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates. And it's painful to be one of their fans. But rookie center fielder Andrew McCutchen is certainly going to try and change that. Now, I had a headstart on this kid because I live in Indianapolis (home of the Pirates' AAA-affiliate). I'm ...

A Rumors and Rants History Lesson: Benny DiStefano

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

So far, we’ve taught you about the inspiration for Roy Hobbs and a gift-giving and gift-taking last of his kind. If you noticed, we’re going for obscure here. We want you to learn something. So onto today’s lesson. There was nothing spectacular about Benny DiStefano’s career. Mostly a career minor leaguer, ...

Tom Gorzelanny: He Used to be Good

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Let's go back in time for a minute, shall we? Last year Tom Gorzelanny was perhaps the only bright spot for the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA for a team that finished 68-94. I'd say that's pretty good for a crappy team.He turned into something ...

MLB Rumors: Will Someone Please Do Something?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

So it's mid-December and, aside from one mega-deal, not much has happened to change the landscape of Major League Baseball. A-Rod went back to the Yankees, Johan Santana is still with the Twins, Erik Bedard is still in Baltimore and Jake Peavy signed a big extension with San Diego. This ...

Break Up The Pirates!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

So we're four days into the new baseball season and several things are clear: the Mets obviously took last year's NLCS loss to the Cardinals pretty hard, Ben Sheets and Felix Hernandez might live up to the hype, and the Pittsburgh Pirates might have a nice little club.After knocking off ...