I’m sure that’s what Joel Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge are thinking despite the fact they play for a worse team.
What in the name of Forbes Field is going on in Pittsburgh?
Now on its way to a record setting 17th straight losing season, the Pirates are like a shelter for wandering vagrants. It seems that every season near July 1st they begin their annual drive to expel players for what it seems like whatever they will get for them.
What’s so surprising this year is that the team is actually competitive in a tight NL Central race. Going into tonight’s game against the Cubs, the Pirates are in last place but with a respectable 35-41 record.
Let’s take a look at who’s been in and out through the revolving door since last July and what they’ve gotten in return.
Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss for Jason Bay
Andy LaRoche part of 3 team deal in order for the Dodgers to get Manny Ramirez
Steven Jackson for waiver price.
Evan Meek Rule 5 draftee
Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady for Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and 2 minor leaguers
Nate McLouth for Charlie Morton and 3 minor leaguers
Ramon Vasquez Free agent
Two minor leaguers for Eric Hinske
Joel Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge for Nyger Morgan and Sean Burnett
As their current record indicates, these moves have been moderately successful. But if you have been on this team for awhile like Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Zach Duke, Paul Maholm or John Grabow, you can’t help but wonder if you’ll be next when the Grim Reaper comes calling. All indications are that Wilson will be gone before the trading deadline.
If you’ve been shown the door, you can’t help but be gleeful (Bay, Nady, McLouth, Hinske) with perhaps the exception of Morgan and Burnett who go from bad to worse.
But while trying to purge salary and “improve the team” these moves have sent dissension through the clubhouse and whatever die-hard Pirates fans are left have to be perplexed. The others have abandoned ship without much hope of ever returning despite the ambience of one of the best new stadiums. After all, who can they hope to see and follow for more than a few years without their loyalty being crushed.
It’s not easy to be either a player or a fan in the slough that is Pittsburgh.