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Monday, June 15, 2009

Burnett and Chavez Are Burning Mad at ESPN

One of the most primary strategies is pfucking. One must know who to pfuck and in what suit to pfuck.

Buried in a Trib story by Rob Biertempfel….

  • Relievers Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are fuming over how they’ve been portrayed by ESPN and other media for supposedly setting up a candle and “shrine” to Nate McLouth.

  “It’s ridiculous. Blown way out of proportion,” Burnett said. “I’m waiting for an apology.”

  Chavez said the candle was set up two weeks before McLouth was traded as a running joke about the players’ daily card game of Pluck. As long as Chavez and Burnett kept winning, the candle stayed lit at their lockers.

  “It had nothing to do with the trade,” Chavez said. “It’s a friendly thing we had going on, an inside joke.”

  Neither player was disciplined by the team and the candle and Pluck scoreboard remain at their lockers.

Isn’t it hilarious how so many people in this town portrayed the Pirates clubhouse after the Nate McClouth trade?  I trust Burnett and Chavez get an apology, but I seriously doubt it will happen.

Repoz Posted: June 15, 2009 at 12:12 PM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: media, pirates, television

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   1. Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: June 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM (#3219635)
Upon seeing the headline I thought A.J. and Eric were incensed at being portrayed as injury-prone.
   2. phatj Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:05 PM (#3219719)
Yeah, I was trying to figure out what they have to do with each other. Was there a PED rumor I missed?
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:11 PM (#3219733)
Upon seeing the headline I thought A.J. and Eric were incensed at being portrayed as injury-prone.


I wounder how many more Bucs could you add to the headline before anyone thought, "Hey they're all Pirates." Young, Sanchez, Diaz, Burnett and Chavez are Burning Mad at ESPN. Nope, still wouldn't have worked for me.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:14 PM (#3219738)
Did anyone think this headline was about the Bucs?
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:24 PM (#3219749)
Nope. Geez, I forgot Pittsburgh had a team!
   6. tribefan Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:33 PM (#3219762)
Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are fuming over how they’ve been portrayed by ESPN
I'm sure the brass over at ESPN are really concerned about this.
   7. 1k5v3L Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:42 PM (#3219779)
Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are fuming
Who?
   8. Cris E Posted: June 15, 2009 at 02:56 PM (#3219801)
Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are fuming

Is this like huffing? I thought the MLB minimum would take care of this problem and let guys move up to safer bad habits (like oxycontin or meth).
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:01 PM (#3219809)
I assumed this was about the Pirates. What other team has a Burnett and a Chavez?

The real surprise is that ESPN spent long enough talking about the Pirates that they could become upset about the coverage.
   10. RJ in TO Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:04 PM (#3219814)
I assumed this was about the Pirates. What other team has a Burnett and a Chavez?


Well, part of the confusion is that most people can't remember that the Pirates have both a Burnett and a Chavez.
   11. 1k5v3L Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3219817)
Actually, most people can't remember that the Pirates have a Burnett or a Chavez
   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3219818)
LOLOL! The Pirates are obscure! LOLOL!

But...it's true.

Maybe they should be trying to attract more inaccurate ESPN coverage rather than less, so people will know who they are.
   13. RJ in TO Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:11 PM (#3219830)
LOLOL! The Pirates are obscure! LOLOLOL!


It's not a matter of being obscure. It's a matter of these two players having the same last names as two more famous players who have also been in the news recently (Chavez with the injury and possible finish to his career, and Burnett being a disappointment with the Yankees). The Jays have a Chavez as well but, when I see that name in the headlines, I don't assume that it's the Jays' backup catcher who is under discussion.

Really, the headline should have included the team name.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:13 PM (#3219833)
"Really, the headline should have included the team name."

The story comes from a Pirates-centric blog, citing a report in a local Pittsburgh newspaper. I don't think it's all that ambiguous, within context.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:13 PM (#3219835)
Well, the headline is from a Pirates fan blog. My assumption is that Repoz intentionally left the headline ambiguous here, to see how many consecutive "Who are Burnett and Chavez?" comments would be generated.
   16. RJ in TO Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:17 PM (#3219844)
The story comes from a Pirates-centric blog, citing a report in a local Pittsburgh newspaper.


Fair enough, but I have no idea what "rumbunter" is, or what area the Trib covers. For whatever reason, I thought that was a Cleveland paper.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:17 PM (#3219846)
Sorry to contribute to ruffling any Pirates' fans feathers here. I will say that if Burnett and Chavez's story is accurate, they have every right to be pretty pissed at ESPN.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:21 PM (#3219851)
"Really, the headline should have included the team name."

I probably still would have thought it was about the situation off the coast of Somalia.
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:26 PM (#3219858)
The story comes from a Pirates-centric blog, citing a report in a local Pittsburgh newspaper. I don't think it's all that ambiguous, within context.


The headline should have included the word "yinzer."
   20. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 03:59 PM (#3219918)
And of course, if none of that stuff worked, there was the giant picture of the skull and crossbones in the top left corner.
   21. RJ in TO Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:01 PM (#3219922)
And of course, if none of that stuff worked, there was the giant picture of the skull and crossbones in the top left corner.


That would require people to read more than the excerpt posted here.
   22. thedad01 Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:09 PM (#3219935)
rumbunter is a blog and no one interested in baseball watches ESPN anymore anyway.
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:11 PM (#3219943)
What do they watch instead of ESPN?
   24. bunyon Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:13 PM (#3219951)
"Really, the headline should have included the team name."

A minor league tag would have sufficed.
   25. baudib Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:26 PM (#3219968)
Derek Jeter, Paul O'Neill, Bernie Williams, I tip my hat to those guys. But who are Burnett and Chavez?
   26. Hurdle's Heroes (SuperBaes) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 04:46 PM (#3219987)
Nope. Geez, I forgot Pittsburgh had a team!

Yeah; they've got uniforms and everything!
   27. Daunte Vicknabbit! Posted: June 15, 2009 at 06:02 PM (#3220055)
I have multiple Sean Burnett autographs and rookie cards, and talked baseball with him when I was twelve years old. I still thought this was about some hybrid article encompassing AJ and Eric. Absolute proof that the Pirates may as well not exist. Go Penguins?
   28. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 06:03 PM (#3220057)
Carol Burnett and Hugo Chavez would make a pretty hilarious comedy duo - but why are they mad at ESPN?
   29. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:01 PM (#3220171)
If ESPN didn't show baseball, I'd be done watching them. I already have to mute the broadcasts as it is.

I'm going to attempt to avoid their website, because I go there in knee-jerk fashion too often. Visiting their site perpetuates it.
   30. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:05 PM (#3220177)
What's "Pluck"?
   31. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:10 PM (#3220182)
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:16 PM (#3220190)
Thanks BLB.
   33. GGC for Sale Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:48 PM (#3220232)
The story comes from a Pirates-centric blog, citing a report in a local Pittsburgh newspaper. I don't think it's all that ambiguous, within context.


Who has time to RTFAs?
   34. Walt Davis Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:53 PM (#3220239)
Sean Burnett is back in the majors? It's impressive in its way ... the man now has a 91/77 career K/BB ratio.
   35. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3220240)
"What's "Pluck"?"

Like "grit", only for 19th-century schoolgirls instead of ballplayers.
   36. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 15, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3220243)
"It's impressive in its way ... the man now has a 91/77 career K/BB ratio."

Career 117/110 at AAA, too. Proof positive that you need at least a little bit of stuff to strike people out.
   37. PASTE does not get put on waivers in August Posted: June 15, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3220261)
He's welcome to come back here to AA. We could use him. Our bullpen ERA is like 8.30.

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