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Only One Friday Starter Attended Clay Pigeon Gate

Only One Friday Starter Attended Clay Pigeon Gate

I don't really think the whole clay pigeon-gate controversy is news. Dejan Kovacevic wrote today about how the Pirates held a charity event on Thursday in which ten players attended. The event came right after a 20 day road trip and a redeye flight from San Diego. The players arrived at the airport at 3:30 AM, and were then shuttled to Seven Springs for the event, which was held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Kovacevic raised issue with the priorities of the team, scheduling this following a long road trip in a pennant race. I'm sure this was scheduled long before that was known, but it's irrelevant, since the players had the option to move the event to September 6th, which wasn't a travel day, and would have been easier.

This has raised a lot of controversy, mostly due to the schedule over the last few weeks. The team played 20 games in 20 days, then flew back on a redeye flight, and ten players had to go to a charity event the next day, rather than sitting at home catching up on Bur...

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