Frustrated Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Need to See Results

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans are beginning to boycott the team and they have every reason to do so. Currently through 73 home games they have seen their average attendance per game drop the second most (4,103 less fans per game) out of all 30 MLB teams. That is in comparison to their first 73 games of 2016.

Frustrated Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Need to See Results

After announcing a four-year extension for General Manager Neal Huntington, fans were treated to the most ridiculous statement they’ve heard in a long time.

“The more revenue that’s generated, the more we put into the major league club,” said Huntington according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It’s just another instance of passing the buck for the Pirates. With this front office it’s lies, lies, and more lies.

Owner Bob Nutting and Pirates front office have zero intentions of going all-in to better their odds at winning a World Series and fans know it.

So when Huntington told the media that fans need to show up to the ballpark so they can spend more money on the product, it was the most Nutting statement ever.

First off, it’s not the fans obligation to show up. It’s Nutting’s obligation to give them a reason to show up. Just because he owns a team doesn’t entitle him to fans. You have to earn fans. You have to prove to them without a shadow of a doubt that you have their best interests in mind.

Nutting has failed fans time and time again and they have grown weary of his excuses. They’re seeing through the smoke and mirrors.

When the team won 98 games in 2015, more fans showed up (2,498,596) than ever before. Do you know what ownership did in reaction to that? They pocketed the fans hard-earned money and did nothing to improve the product on the field and they’ll continue to do the same thing as long as fans allow them to do it.

The other excuse the front office loves to use is that Pittsburgh is a small market and these are the struggles of a small market. This is also a bogus excuse used by ownership. You need to look no further than the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals are in one of the smallest markets in Major League Baseball. By the way, they’ve won a World Series recently by going all-in and not by making excuses that fans needed to come to games. The Royals continued to keep their window open by being aggressive and making moves.

The Cleveland Indians acquired Andrew Miller last season to get over the hump. It was a move that took them to the World Series. They almost won it all too.

You know what they did after losing the World Series? They acquired Edwin Encarnacion and he’s hit 33 home runs for the Tribe thus far this season. Then at the trade deadline this season they acquired another power bat in Jay Bruce. They stayed aggressive to stay competitive.

It’s time for Pirates ownership to stop passing the buck and start modeling after small market teams who’ve been successful. Fans are savvy. They know better than to allow these shenanigans to continue. Team attendance isn’t going to go up until ownership is willing to prove they are all in.
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16 COMMENTS

  1. The owner and Hurdle are the cause of no one showing up. They have a good team, the problem is they have a STUPID owner (Bob Nutting), and a manager that is stupid also, he always has Marte as the lead of batter and Marte should be batting toward the bottom or bench. Nutting concern is how much money he could put in his pocket. A family of 5 cost over $200.00, tickets, parking and drinks and a hot dog, he does not care about the public or getting better ball players. And Hurdle does not run the team, the team (COLE) tells Hurdle what to do same with all the other players. Get rid of Nutting and Hurdle and get a GOOD manager and you will have more wins and more people going to the games.

    • I think Huntington is worse than Hurdle. Huntington is given a VERY limited budget to work with, and he’s always preaching about “proper allocation of funds,” yet the man frequently wastes money on piles of garbage (Bastardo, Hudson, Jaso, etc). I believe the 3 of those players account for somewhere around $15 million this season. I can think of a much better way to allocate those funds than spending it on those 3 players.

  2. Not to mention the fact that they’ve laid off most of their cleaning staff with zero notice. Soon PNC Park will be known as the most disgusting park in the league as opposed to the cleanest, and that will affect attendance even after necessary management and ownership changes have been made

  3. My comment is not printable!!! People need to stay away like they are starting to do!!! They should also not go to his ski slopes either,that would really hit him where it hurts!!! PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO QUIT MAKING HIM RICHER !!!

  4. Season ticket holder in 2015. Playoff games. Die hard Bucs fans. Only went to the opener this year and have had no desire to go back. They have pretty much lost me.

  5. I noticed that many of the concession stands are dark during the last game I attended. Nobody is going. Nobody is spending and it will get worse before it gets better. Are you listening, Bob Nutting? Your ball team is playing in front of a skeleton crowd. Sad indeed.

  6. and once again the Pirates prove to be the best Farm Team in MLB. We groom them then trade them. I love Baseball, I love the Pirates…. but their current management and ownership leave a lot to be desired.

    • Who have the Pirates traded in the last 6 yrs that weren’t in the last yr of contract? 30 games of Melancon for 5 yrs of Rivero. Watson got us a 6foot 6 18 yr old third baseman with a good possible future. And a 21 yr old reliever with an era under 2. Only other person we traded was Walker. And he missed 50 games that yr we traded him.
      So 2 relievers that pitched 50games total after leaving and Walker.

  7. There’s one MAJOR problem with the pirates and it is BOB NUTTING!! All he is is MONEY HUNGRY. He doesn’t give a shit about his city or his team! Just look at what he has done to Seven Springs you can’t have an ounce of fun there hell you can’t even afford to go there anymore!!!

  8. The worst part is that this won’t work. If it gets bad for them financially they will just move to say Vegas. I agree it’s a shit sandwich but it seems if you want baseball in the burgh you gotta take a bite.

  9. THIS IS ALL VERY SAD….FOR ME , LONG TIME SEASON TICKET HOLDER ( 4 ) IN SECTION 119 . SO WE
    HAVE HAD THE SECOND HALF OF…..2017……SO EASILY COULD HAVE TAKEN THE CENTRAL LEAD
    BY MAKING 3-4 BASIC MOVES COSTING UNDER $ 10 MILLION AND I FEEL WE HAVE WON THE CENTRAL.JUST THE OPPOSITE…..THEY BRING ” WACKEIN ” FOR FOR RELIEF…..THROW NICASSO AWAY FOR ” NOTHING “…
    WE GET TO….” 2 ” BACK OUT OF FIRST….AND THEY DO NOTHING…..AND THEY SURE EASILY HAD
    EXTRA CASH BY NOT PAYING JUNG HO KANG AND MARTE…….IN MY BOOK….THE TEAM ” NETTED ” OVER
    $ 40 MILLION IN THE PAST ( 12 ) MONTHS….AND DID NOTHING TO TAKE THE CENTRAL……” BOB NUTTING IS THE PROBLEM FRIENDS….”…THOSE OTHER GUYS ARE ‘ YES ‘ MEN THAT ANSWER TO NUTTING . IF NUTTING SAID…..” SPEND …..$ 10 MILLION OF MY FAT PROFITS RIGHT NOW…..GET US A GREAT STARTER , MID RELIEF MAN AND AT LEAST ONE POWER BAT “…” THOSE PLAYERS WERE AVAILABLE EXCEPT OTHER TEAMS GRABBED THEM FOR PEANUTS AND PROSPECTS . ” DISGUSTED “…I WAS HERE FOR THE 1960 GAMES , 73 AND 79 AND MORE IN BETWEEN…….AND 2014 -2015-2016-2017…THE PLAYERS WERE THERE FOR OUR PICKING…..MY BOYCOTT AND PROTEST IS SQUARELY ON THE GUY WHOM KEEPS TAKING OUR TICKET MONEY TO THE SKI RESORTS……” THIS IS ALL AND ENTIRELY THE FAULT OF BIG SHOT BOB NUTTING…..”

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