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First Pitch: It’s Time to Focus on the Real Issues With the Pirates

First Pitch: It’s Time to Focus on the Real Issues With the Pirates

When the Navy SEAL training report first came out, it was packaged with so many other topics that it turned the situation into a much bigger story than it was. The Navy SEAL training was paired with the "Hoka Hey" e-mail, and all of this came on the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates fell below .500 in September, in the middle of a huge second half collapse. If you combine all three, you're probably coming away with the story thinking "what the hell is going on with the Pirates". If you step back and look at each story individually, it doesn't seem as crazy.

The "Hoka Hey" e-mail sounded crazy. I said that at the time, and it's true now. It was a motivational e-mail and was obviously part of a group of messages with the same topics being discussed. To any outsider that e-mail would sound crazy. I'm not sure if it would sound different as an insider to those e-mails. What I do know is that the e-mail ultimately meant nothing. It had nothing to do with the collapse in the majors. It had ...

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