I keep waiting for the Pirates of 2014 to pull out of their early season doldrums, but the ditch keeps getting deeper. Thanks to the lowly Cubs we are not last in the division. After so many long years of frustration last year’s team finally emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Yes, we made the playoffs — yes, I said playoffs — albeit as a wild card, but nonetheless we gained respect and had something to build on. My lord, we were even on national TV. So why shouldn’t we be a little spoiled?
I’ll try to explain. It was obvious this spring that there were some holes in the roster. But instead of management spending some serious bucks to fill the gaps that needed attention, they went with iffy and underachieving replacements. They let A.J. Burnett and Justin Morneau go and they are doing very well elsewhere. They have one of the best players in their organization just tearing it up but remaining at Indianapolis. They say it has to do with financial limitations. Well, great, but he is better than what we are seeing on the field now.
Do we have to wait another two decades? I hope not.