A lost talent

It is late February and spring training games are about to begin. It is a wonderful time of the year, a time for “Player X is in the best shape of his life” stories and reports on bullpen sessions and rundown drills. And, most importantly, optimism reigns supreme in both Florida and Arizona.

 

At least, I suppose that is probably an accurate description of most Major League Baseball towns across America. In Pittsburgh, late February is a much different time. In Pittsburgh, it is time to overanalyze every public statement made by Pirates management and twist it into something that angers us. I understand. The Pirates have disappointed their fans for many, many years, making it easy to fume when Bob Nutting or Frank Coonelly speaks to the press, regardless o...

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