Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Remember When September Meant Something?

How do you hold the other team to two singles and lose? Heck, it's easy if you're Pittsburgh.

Have your pitchers walk nine guys, commit a timely error, miss a ball by diving past it, and then strike out 13 times when you're at bat. The Pirates did all of that in their 4-2 loss to the Brew Crew tonight.

Two things are glaringly obvious. First, all Milwaukee has to do is show up to whip the Bucs. And secondly, September 29th can't get here soon enough.

> Well, Pedro is finally signed, sealed, and delivered. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Gorzo was put on the 60-day DL. So now it's time to see if the kid can play ball.

Where is the question. He signed too late to play winter ball, so it looks like he's going to start his career in the Florida Instruction League. Maybe missing three months won't delay his career, but then again...well, it can't help.

He addressed two of the questions his challenge presented. Regarding the lost goodwill of the Pirate faithful, Pedro said "I just want the fans of Pittsburgh to judge me on the field as a player. Starting today, I will work my hardest to be the best I can be."

Alvarez also said that the contract situation and ensuing soap opera was on him, not Scott Boras. "Throughout this whole process, I, myself, wanted a fair [negotiation]," he said. "I thought for myself and made decisions for myself."

Let the Pedro era begin. At last.


Deaner said...

Brutal 4th inning... just brutal.

Deaner said...

Also... Alvarez, is gonna have to impress on the field pretty early and show some serious hustle for Pirates fans to forget this stuff. I don't blame him... it's Boras' fault, but regardless an unfortunate situation.

Ron Ieraci said...

The fourth was beyond brutal, Deaner, from young LaRoche misplaying the grounder to Maholm's command falling apart. I wonder if the missed strikeout call by the ump blew his mind that inning?
And I think Pedro will come out smelling like a rose if he's half the player he's hyped to be - until arbitration, anyway, hehe.