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"Would" you be a Buccos fan?
What would it take to change the Nutting's minds about the situation with the Pirates. As everyone knows, the Buccos have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, a problem that seems like it could be much improved with spending more money for experience and talent on the field as well as in the clubhouse. The Nutting's are multi-millionaires, so one would assume they understand the concept of "spend money to make money". There's lots of Pittsburgh transplants all across the nation, that seem to remain faithful to their hometown sport teams. Many Pirates fans, mainly because of embarassment, have jumped ship and adopted a new baseball team. My question is, if the Nutting's decided to spend money, and put together an atleast more impressive looking payroll and management staff, would the you (the fans that abandoned their Buccos) come back, and show their support for their once beloved baseball team? If the owner's took the Fans' advice, would they sell more tickets? If they spent more money, would you people buy more tickets to see the bucs play ball? or is it too late?
| Closed on 06/30/10 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
12 Fans 
50%a. Ye
50%b. Ne

  
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#1 | 1585 days ago

just as there are steelers fans, and penguins fans every in the U.S. I know there's pirate fans all over the place too. There's so much history and pride in Pirates baseball and the Nuttings should be embarassed that they've lost so many fans. I don't wanna hear anything about bobble heads and fireworks nights. Seems to me though, if they gave something to fans that they could believe in, more people would buy tickets, which would make the franchise more money, which would mean more money for the owners. Seems like a no brainer to me, I don't understand whats taking them so long to atleast try something different.
Ye  
#2 | 1585 days ago

I've stuck with this team growing up all these years, and it's pitiful.  You're the same age as I am so you're in the same boat, being just old enough to remember the last time they had a winning season.  This year I decided that unless I get free tickets, I refuse to go to PNC Park until the front office proves they give a crap about winning.  They can argue about small market teams, but when you see what the Athletics and Twins do on a yearly basis, it throws that "small market teams can't compete" idea right out the window.  They're proof that smaller markets CAN be contenders if you just put a team together.  It's possible if they make the effort, which they don't, and they lie through their teeth in interviews with the media.  I will still watch games and listen on the radio, but until they show me they care, I refuse to spend one red cent to support the Pirates with my money, and if I win tickets, I'll eat dinner downtown before I walk into the stadium.
Ne  
#3 | 1582 days ago

 The Pittsburgh Pirates
Ne  
#4 | 1548 days ago
BDV4U (+)

The Bucs have a long and rich history. You can't throw everything at the ownership! It's a chicken-n-egg proposition regarding attendance - more people=more money --> able to go out and get free-agent talent & keep 6-year players, but then rotten team=no attendance=no money to go after/keep said free agents.

The Penguins were in the same hole, late 80s. They got some kid named Mario, started playing better, got people to notice, build a stronger team, viola - Stanley Cup! Got into another hole in this decade, got some kid named Sid, started playing better, etc., etc., etc. The Pirates need a similar "lightning in a bottle" scenario to go with McCutchen & gang to get them over the hump!

Granted, baseball is more of a team sport than hockey (see 3-4 good pitchers vs. 1 hot goaltender) and not over half of the teams make the playoffs to give them a snowball's chance in July, but they need that perfect combination to have a winning season and be on their way!

Meanwhile, I was still born & raised in St. Louis and live in Cincinnati, so don't expect much sympathy those 58, or so, games a year. LOL
Ye  
#5 | 1547 days ago

BDV4U wrote:
The Bucs have a long and rich history. You can't throw everything at the ownership! It's a chicken-n-egg proposition regarding attendance - more people=more money --> able to go out and get free-agent talent & keep 6-year players, but then rotten team=no attendance=no money to go after/keep said free agents.

The Penguins were in the same hole, late 80s. They got some kid named Mario, started playing better, got people to notice, build a stronger team, viola - Stanley Cup! Got into another hole in this decade, got some kid named Sid, started playing better, etc., etc., etc. The Pirates need a similar "lightning in a bottle" scenario to go with McCutchen & gang to get them over the hump!

Granted, baseball is more of a team sport than hockey (see 3-4 good pitchers vs. 1 hot goaltender) and not over half of the teams make the playoffs to give them a snowball's chance in July, but they need that perfect combination to have a winning season and be on their way!

Meanwhile, I was still born & raised in St. Louis and live in Cincinnati, so don't expect much sympathy those 58, or so, games a year. LOL
They've had "lightning in a bottle" with players before, the problem is they have refused to build around that instant star and create a winning franchise.  The Pens on the other hand did things the right way, get the superstar and then form a nucleus of good players around him with trades and draft picks.
Ne  
#6 | 1545 days ago

Nah -- if I was, I'd be a Buckaroo -- I just couldn't deal with that
Ne  
#7 | 1544 days ago
BDV4U (+)

SickPuppy wrote:
Nah -- if I was, I'd be a Buckaroo -- I just couldn't deal with that
Worse - you could be the female parent of  Pirates fan, which would make you a Mother Bucker!
Ye  
#8 | 1544 days ago

BDV4U wrote:
Worse - you could be the female parent of  Pirates fan, which would make you a Mother Bucker!
hee hee hee      worse part is, the Mother Buckers would turn into   Irate Pie Rats
Ne  

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