I do not like the sports teams of Pittsburgh. The Steelers seem to think they are the best team ever, when before 1970 they were, quite literally, the worst team ever. Six championships in 40-odd years is impressive, but forgetting the 40-odd years before that seems selective at best and delusional at worst. The only thing I like about the Pittsburgh Penguins is their cute little logo. Every other single thing can die in a fire. And that brings us to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates replaced the Cardinals in the early 90's as my most hated team. Sure, the Cardinals certainly had more hateable players, but the Pirates were far more infuriating - quality over quantity, I suppose. It was a joy and a comfort to me that they have been invisible for the last 20 years. Now, suddenly, they are back. After a couple of near misses the last couple years, they are loaded up and ready to make a run to and through the playoffs.
Currently, they are led by NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen:
He is a fine enjoyable player to watch, except for the uniform. I look forward to 2018 when they trade him because he wants too much money (of course, it will probably be to the Yankees...yuck).
The embodiment of my hatred for the Pirates can be stated quite simply:
Most people hate Barry Bonds now. Like some kind of music loving hipster, I was a Bonds hater way before it was cool; my dislike for him started his rookie season (1986) and never waned.
I have to admit, I didn't always hate every single Pirates player. Willie Stargell was pretty awesome.
He won the MVP in 1979 as a fat 38 year old. That is a feat I can get behind.
If you have read my required posts, you know that I am also a huge fan of Roberto Clemente:
I covered this a while back.
The most striking reason I hate the Pirates, other than the fact that they stole 2 or 3 division titles from the Mets, is they gave the world - and more specifically the Mets - Bobby Bonilla.
This is the only Bonilla card I have highlighted anywhere in my pages and that is only because I love the look of that insert set. The worst part of the saga of Bobby Bo? Because of the Mets stupidity - or Bonilla's incredible business acumen *eye roll* - he will be getting over a million dollars a year from the team until 2035. Yes, I am probably just jealous I am not clearing all that cash for doing nothing myself, it's just that the Mets make me sad sometimes.
So why spew all this hate for the Pirates? I mean, they are gonna make the playoff after two solid decades of utter futility after all. Well, I am not wishing them well nor am I rooting for them, but...
Today, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And while I think I have certainly made my point that I hate baseball Pirates, I love plank walking, keelhauling, sword fighting, ship ramming pirates. So raise the mizzenmast and a cup of grog and tell your mateys you be lovin' them today...and root for the Red Sox in the playoffs.