I want to preface this column by saying that I don’t really want to write this column. I’m paid to cover the team, and that’s what I’m best at. But it feels like in this moment, not talking about the elephant in the room is doing something of a disservice to what’s happening right now regarding the team.

I’m referring, of course, to the boycott that some fans are participating in when it comes to attending Pirates games.

The reason I think it’s important is a pretty simple one. The Pirates are a small-market team with revenues typically in the bottom third of the league They start every season far behind their division rivals in Chicago and St. Louis when it comes to their ability to spend money to put a team on the field. So any action that ends up hurting the Pirates bottom line wi...

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