John C. Migliaccio’s Dec. 5 letter (“My Pirates Loyalty”) regarding the lack of loyalty the Pirates are showing to long-term fans came as no surprise to me. Rewarding loyalty with disloyalty is a way of life with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2011 I was informed that unless I bought up from my 41-game plan to a full-season 81 games in 2012, I was out of my four seats, period. Buying plans for 20 consecutive years (some were full season) and being in my same seats at PNC Park for nine straight years were of no concern to their sales team. Their explanations were, “We are cleaning up the seating” and “Your seats are for people willing to make more of a commitment.” A personal meeting with team president Frank Coonelly changed nothing — I was out.
I, too, received letters and emails for years telling me how much I was valued as a season ticket holder. In fact, Mr. Coonelly went out of his way to tell me the same. However, based on the organization’s policies and actions, that is just not true. To the Pirates, loyalty is a one-way street that heads in their direction.