PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — October has been known as “Buctober” over the last three years, with the Pirates staying alive in the postseason. This year, PNC Park will be silent, as the Bucs finish the season under .500 with no chance of making the playoffs.
“People aren’t mad at the Pirates, they’re disappointed, but they are not mad,” said vendor Paul Dash.
With the Steelers’ and Penguins’ seasons emerging, Pirates T-shirts and jerseys are no longer hot items in the Strip District after a forgettable season.
So, where did things go wrong?
“With Cole losing his effectiveness, Lirano maybe we had high hopes for him and he didn’t turn out to be a star,” said fan Jim Schubert.
“Middle of the season we hit the trade deadline, I don’t think they made enough moves to make it happen,” said Bill Kerry.
Dan Zangrilli and Jack Zdurienck did their last Pirate pregame show for the season on 93.7 The Fan. Some of the blame goes to the team’s best player.
“A perennial MVP candidate plays nothing like an MVP candidate, that’s Andrew McCutchen and that’s baffled the baseball world,” he said.
With trade rumors surfacing, Zangrilli thinks the Pirates will address their star player.
“The million dollar question is was this year and outlier or is Andrew McCutchen on the downside of his career and do we wind up moving him,” he said.
“You got Cole coming back, hopefully you sign Nova and build off that, hopefully McCutchen has a bounce back year,” Dan Fidak said.