Pirates Broadcaster On The Pirates' Hot Streak: "This Is Kinky!"

The Pittsburgh Pirates, you guys! They've been spanking their fans for years, but now they've won 19 games in May. They haven't lost a series since May 5. Last night they won 1-0 for the fourth time in 11 games. And cuddly color man Steve Blass is just tickled by it all. » 5/31/13 1:47pm 5/31/13 1:47pm

Doug Collins Has Hit A Wall In Philadelphia, Like We All Knew He Would

It's getting harder and harder to remember that the Philadelphia 76ers, who just polished off a six-game losing streak and sit in the dregs of the Eastern Conference at 22-33, were full of hope coming into this season. It was less than a year ago that a plucky Sixers team scrapped its way into the playoffs as an… » 2/27/13 1:20pm 2/27/13 1:20pm

Another Weird Baseball Injury: Francisco Liriano Broke His Arm While…

A few days before Christmas, the Pirates were reportedly close to inking a free-agent contract with lefthander Francisco Liriano. The deal appeared to be on the verge of falling through, however, when the team announced that Liriano had mysteriously injured his non-throwing arm sometime over the holidays. In the end, » 2/11/13 3:40pm 2/11/13 3:40pm

Report: Jason Grilli Comes Right Out And Says The Pirates Suck

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently re-signed reliever Jason Grilli, locking him down for two more years at $6.75 million. Yesterday, during a press conference to announce the deal, Grilli said all the right things about wanting to win in Pittsburgh, about his admiration for Clint Hurdle, about all he's overcome to bounce… » 12/13/12 2:55pm 12/13/12 2:55pm

A Pirates Scout Has Quit Working For The Pirates Because The Pirates…

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review refers to Mike Leuzinger as "a superscout." He had been the Pirates' area supervisor for North Texas and Oklahoma since 2004, and last year, he brought in Josh Bell, a top-flight outfield prospect the team had acquired by dangling a $5 million signing bonus. Before joining the Pirates,… » 11/13/12 2:55pm 11/13/12 2:55pm

The Pirates Lied About A Prospect Who Got Hurt During Some…

When details got out about the Pittsburgh Pirates putting prospects at their fall instructional league through Navy SEALs-type training last month, it was easy to point and laugh. That pointing and laughing was made even easier because, around the same time the SEALs regimen was being reported, an email leaked in which … » 10/24/12 4:35pm 10/24/12 4:35pm

The Losingest Losers Keep Right On Losing

Welp. That'll do it. The Pittsburgh Pirates were 16 games over .500 as recently as Aug. 8. The playoffs were still a very real possibility, but even if the postseason wasn't going to happen, a winning season likely would. Cue the fart noise. Today's loss to the Reds was No. 82, which means the longest streak of… » 9/30/12 6:00pm 9/30/12 6:00pm

"Dream Like A Hippie ... Prepare Like A Boy Scout ... Trust Like A…

Last week, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic discovered that the Pirates were opening their fall instructional league with three days of players being "put through drills by a group of former Navy SEALS." It was the idea of assistant general manager Kyle Stark, who told Kovacevic he wanted "to give our… » 9/21/12 11:40am 9/21/12 11:40am

This Is Now The Pittsburgh Pirates' Worst Season Ever

There was Pat Meares, and there was Operation Shutdown. There were those 100 losses in 2001, the year PNC Park opened. There was whatever they did to mess up Oliver Perez. There was that lost Saturday night in Anaheim in '07, when Ian Snell just couldn't take it anymore. And there was last year's 19-43 swoon that was… » 9/13/12 2:50pm 9/13/12 2:50pm

The Pirates' Twitter Police Couldn't Stop Some Jagoff From Posting This…

The above photo is of Greg Brown and Steve Blass (yes, that Steve Blass), two members of the Pittsburgh Pirates' broadcast team. On its own, the photo is not that big of a deal: Two drunken idiots mugging for a camera on a golf course, sort of like A.J. when he visits his old man. Ah, but someone—it is not known… » 10/21/11 5:30pm 10/21/11 5:30pm

The Losingest Losers Extend Their String of Losing Seasons

Today's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals before an announced crowd of 12,520 at PNC Park was No. 82 on the season for The Pittsburgh Baseball Club, thus extending the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in the history of North American sports. I could have sworn the Bucs were in first place as late as July 25. But… » 9/14/11 5:05pm 9/14/11 5:05pm

Pirates Pitcher Finishes Inning, Gives Himself A Gatorade Shower,…

James McDonald had quite a game last night. Pitched seven innings for the first time this season. Rapped a bases-clearing double. Scored a run. And when he finished retiring the Cubs in order in the seventh, as the above video shows, he had himself a grand ol' time. The Pirates had (cough) been in contention (cough)… » 8/05/11 12:04pm 8/05/11 12:04pm