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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

PIT Post-Gazette: Rush to judgment for Pirates fans?

Four military planes flew over the stadium, actor Michael Keaton tossed the ceremonial first pitch and a former “American Idol” contestant sang the national anthem, but this game, once it began—and quickly unraveled—inspired groans about the same old Bucs.

Two batters into the afternoon, the Pirates trailed 2-0. At the end of the second inning, they trailed 5-0, and boos flew from every angle of the stadium.
Mr. Keaton, for one, said he fears his hometown baseball team “will take advantage of the goodwill of the people who continue to show up. For my money, that’s disrespectful.”...  “At some point,” Mr. Keaton said before tossing the opening pitch, “you either have to write the check or do something and not assume, well, we’re OK and, ultimately, the franchise is valuable, anyway, like Donald Sterling did with the [National Basketball Association’s] Los Angeles Clippers. ... I think fans have been gracious. And maybe not vocal enough. Maybe not vociferous enough with their displeasure. That’s my opinion.”

Everybody’s ‘Mr.’ in this article, like it’s the Wall Street Journal, rather than the sports section :)

NTNgod Posted: April 11, 2006 at 04:30 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. s.zielinski Posted: April 11, 2006 at 05:31 AM (#1954689)
The Donald Sterling reference was an apt one to make. Keaton’s claim that the McClatchy partnership lacks respect for Pirates’ fans was also on the mark. When marketing becomes more important than scouting, one can infer that a sports franchise follows the lead of cynics and has thus hit rock bottom. That’s the McClatchy Pirates.
   2. Greg Schuler Posted: April 11, 2006 at 12:26 PM (#1954920)
When Bill Blazejowski is calling you out, it must be bad.
   3. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: April 11, 2006 at 12:30 PM (#1954923)
Being called out by Michael Keaton is pretty bad.

COuld ahve been worse.

They could have been called out by Michael BOLTON
   4. sunnyday2 Posted: April 11, 2006 at 12:55 PM (#1954934)
Yer kiddin', right? Batman! Beetlejuice! Michael Keaton is cool. And this rant proves it!
   5. Old Matt Posted: April 11, 2006 at 02:06 PM (#1954989)
Everybody’s ‘Mr.’ in this article, like it’s the Wall Street Journal, rather than the sports section :)

It's weird, might be a new P-G thing.

Oddly enough, Chico Harlan is a former writer in the sports section of my school paper. Neat!
   6. ECBucs Posted: April 11, 2006 at 02:09 PM (#1954994)
After that statement I bet the Bucs are going to invoice him for his ticket.

Oh, maybe not, Keaton probably paid for it already.
   7. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: April 11, 2006 at 02:10 PM (#1954996)
Everybody’s ‘Mr.’ in this article, like it’s the Wall Street Journal, rather than the sports section

Even the Times doesn't use "Mr." in its sports section. But, then again, we are talking about Michael Keaton.
   8. Russ Posted: April 11, 2006 at 03:00 PM (#1955066)
I think it's totally cool that Michael Keaton even gives a [forget] about the Pirates, let alone cares enough to try to shame McClatchy into doing something original (although, IIRC, Keaton was part of the orginal set of investors that helped to keep the team in town pre-Idiot Fortunate Son, yes?).

Maybe Keaton is trying to set himself up for a big Cuban/Keaton collaboration for a hostile takeover post-ASG.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 11, 2006 at 06:15 PM (#1955492)
Wow, that was brutal. I couldn't disagree with a single word he said, either.
   10. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: April 11, 2006 at 06:19 PM (#1955504)
When Bill Blazejowski is calling you out, it must be bad.

Henry Hackett can smell BS a mile away.

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