Not Mad, ‘Disappointed’: Fans Frustrated As Pirates Season Comes To Close

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?

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“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.


One Comment

  1. Ronald Chess says:

    The ownership is extremely cheap , lets put the blame where it belongs Bob Nutting is cheap uses team as money maker will never make the next step this team won 98 games last year PEOPLE WAKE UP players feel it Nutting ruined this because he only intended it to be temporary coward where is he cheap

    1. Deputy53 says:

      You have nailed the main problem-the front office. They panicked in the middle of the season. Gave up on the team they had, and tried to do what they “thought” was best to do to shore up the team..In the process, it showed the team that they would have NO loyalty from management. So, with that, how can you expect 100% output & loyalty from your players? You can’t, and shouldn’t expect it either! I might respect the Walker trade, as they knew more about his medical condition (back,) then we the fans did. But they can never explain the Melancon deal to me. Watson couldn’t even carry Mark’s glove. IMHO
      Maybe next year….

    2. John Dole says:

      Despite the malformed sentences, I think I understand what you’re saying. But I’m not sure what you mean by “uses team as money maker.” You say that like it’s a bad thing. That’s what all owners do… And despite Nutting’s cheapness, we had three good years of baseball. Money is not what caused McCutcheon to stink, base running to look like Bad News Bears, and for Cole to get injured and pitch poorly. The poor performance lies at the feet of the players.

  2. It was the fault of management. When the pitcher isn’t performing and is pitching hits and homeruns, TAKE HIM OUT! Instead they wait until the opponent is scoring runs or have bases loaded and then it’s too late!

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