First Pitch: What Really Led to the Comeback by the Pirates

So if you were on Twitter during the game, you saw this. If not, here’s the story of what really led to the Pirates comeback today. James Santelli has been working on a Garrett Jones article this week, which took a lot of research and time to put together. You can check it out here: Analysis: Teams Should Shift Their Infield More Against Garrett Jones.

I didn’t want to upload the article during the game, since I didn’t want it to get lost in the game updates. Then the Pirates were down 5-0 and it didn’t look like there was any chance they were going to come alive. So I DMed James with the following message: “Screw it. I’m uploading now. Not like the game will be much competition.” His response: “Haha now that’s optimism!”

It turned out that it was a reverse jinx. Immediately after uploading that, the Pirates scored four runs in the seventh inning. They were back. But they fell short of the total comeback, and I was finishing up my work at McKechnie. So I tried another reverse jinx.

I packed up my stuff, and after making it down the slow elevator at McKechnie I checked my phone. Two run homer from McKenry. I continued with the plan. Drove to Sweetberries and picked up some cookies and cream, which was the flavor of the day. Remember, I was doing this for Pirates fans. It’s not like I had planned this from the moment it was announced that cookies and cream would be the flavor this day.

I got in the car, checked my Twitter feed, and here’s a summary of what I saw:


I tried designating this ice cream for assignment to my stomach, but Alex Anthopolous claimed it off of waivers before I had the chance.

I tried designating this ice cream for assignment to my stomach, but Alex Anthopolous claimed it off of waivers before I had the chance.

So I’m telling you this because, if you buy the Prospect Guide, that’s just extra money for Sweetberries. Each trip is about $4. Or $6 on Cookie Dough day, because you know I’m getting a quart for the freezer on Cookie Dough day. It only happens once a month. But let’s keep it simple and say each trip is $4. That’s five comeback wins for each Prospect Guide sold. A win in baseball usually costs $5 M in free agency. We’re talking about $4 wins here. That’s not $4 million. That’s 400 pennies. Except no one uses pennies. That would be annoying. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Sweetberries is the new market inefficiency, and buying the Prospect Guide is proven to help the Pirates win*.

*Not actually proven. It’s just a claim I made up that is total B.S and based solely off coincidence.

I know what you’re thinking. “Tim, what a way to make a shameless plug for the book. Geez, can’t you afford ice cream? Are you that desperate?” To that I respond “Sweetberries is effing five minutes from my apartment. It’s not that I can’t afford ice cream. It’s that I can’t afford ice cream every time I remember that Sweetberries is effing five minutes away, which is daily. So yeah, you’re getting shameless plugs.”

Would I be willing to make that sacrifice and eat Sweetberries every game so that the Pirates can be successful? It would be difficult. I mean it is like 85 degrees with 200% humidity every day in Florida right now. It’s only going to get worse throughout the summer. Who would want delicious frozen custard in those conditions? But yeah, I’d do it for you guys. Well, not this Saturday. The flavor is Pralines & Cream, and that’s pretty disgusting. No one should have to eat that for a baseball win. Plus Friday is out, since the flavor is German Chocolate Cake, and I’m not a big fan. But guys, I’m totally in for next Wednesday, and not just because it’s Peanut Butter and M&Ms. Actually, yeah. Only because it’s Peanut Butter and M&Ms. But also only for you guys. And only to help the Pirates win. So in summary, only all of those things each individually. Now that I think about it, I don’t even know if the Pirates play next Wednesday.

And hey, if this doesn’t work, we’ll just fall back to reverse jinx number one. That doesn’t mean I’d stop trying the Sweetberries jinx. It just means James would need a shit load of articles ready in the queue, ready to upload in the middle of a game, in the event that the Pirates need a comeback. But we’ll try Sweetberries first. After today it’s worth 1.0 WAR on the 2013 season, which is 1.4 wins more than Rod Barajas contributed in 2012.

Disclaimer: Despite the mention of Sweetberries eight times in the article and four times in this disclaimer, and this whole post being all about Sweetberries, this isn’t a paid advertisement for Sweetberries. I wish it was, and I wish the payment was ice cream. If anyone from Sweetberries Industries (I’m assuming that’s what you’re called) is reading, I’m totally willing to make that happen. I would totally sell out, and I don’t even care what these readers would think about it. I can say that because they’re probably not even reading at this point. They read one paragraph and they were like “Oh, Tim got lazy and decided not to break down Phil Irwin’s debut or write some other form of analysis tonight.” But they’ll be back for that stuff tomorrow night. And ‘berries…can I call you ‘berries? When they’re back, I will promote you to them, all for free ice cream. Except when the flavor of the day is butterscotch. Stop it with that every month. This isn’t Canada.

Links and Notes

**The 2013 Prospect Guide and the 2013 Annual are both available on the products page of the site. If you order them together, you’ll save $5. Get them both to use throughout the 2013 season. And help the Pirates win in the process*.

*Again, not proven.


**Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez Shows Some Offense, Stetson Allie Keeps Hitting.

**Indianapolis Has Their Own Comeback, Scoring Nine Runs in the Seventh to Win 12-7.

**Alen Hanson’s Defense Is Tough to Watch; Will It Ever Be Good?

**Brandon Cumpton Promoted to Indianapolis.

**Minor League Schedule: 4/15/13.

**Draft Prospect Watch: Bryant Has Hit A Rough Stretch.


**The Book on Phil Irwin.

**Pirates Recall Irwin, Option Josh Harrison to Triple-A.

**Pirates Pregame: Irwin’s Debut, Inge Update, Phillips Returns for Reds.

**Pirates Complete a Huge Comeback Victory Against the Reds.

**Analysis: Teams Should Shift Their Infield More Against Garrett Jones.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Cocktailsfor2

    Man, I was all on your side here until you slagged Pralines & Cream and German Chocolate Cake*.

    If you’re not willing to REALLY sacrifice here, Tim, well – I don’t know what.


    *In the interest of full disclosure: I love Pralines and Cream AND German Chocolate Cake

    • Lee Young

      “I love Pralines and Cream”

      And so you should, C42.

      Altho, my favorite is Cinnamon Buns at Brustar’s. And, then there’s the Graeter’s Ice Cream in Cincy and then there’s the…..

      Icy Foo


      • Tim Williams

        I had a horrible incident with Cinnamon Buns ice cream at Bruster’s. I went there like six years ago, saw the flavor, and was like “I like Cinnamon Buns. I like ice cream. Obviously we’re talking a large order here.”

        So I’m halfway through the ice cream, and suddenly I get that feeling where you’ve had way too much of one flavor and you can’t stand another bite. But I don’t want to throw it away and waste $2. Think about how that’s going to impact me six years from now. So I powered through, kept eating, and the end result was that I now can’t eat cinnamon without feeling sick. Six years later.

        • Cocktailsfor2

          This does absolutely nothing to address my comment above.

          Neither Pralines and Cream nor GCC are cinnamon-flavored.

          Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

  • Lee Young

    Sweet article!!

  • David Lewis

    This was totally worth the price of a combo pack.

    I now expect 9 additional wins. Division Title, Baby!

    • Tim Williams

      If the Pirates make the playoffs, we can all partially thank David Lewis.

  • jg941

    Despite Tim’s delusions of grandeur and increasingly disturbing ice cream habits, I can wholeheartedly advise everyone who visits this site to BUY THE PROSPECT GUIDE!

    It’s awesome, and every true Pirates fan should have one handy.

    Also, I look forward to the idea of Tim having to get dressed and go for ice cream at midnight during an extra-inning, rain-delay game. Is Sweetberries willing to take one for the team and open the doors after-hours? I don’t want there to be any kinks in the reverse-jinx! ;-)

    • Tim Williams

      There’s always Sweetberries in the freezer. Did you miss the note about cookie dough? You have to be prepared for #weirdbaseball.

  • palmettohead

    Zoltan does not like you crowding in on his glory. Just sayin’.

  • Allyn Weimer

    You need to get more cooking and cream. We need 6 more runs

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