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You’ve Got To Be Able To Walk Before You Can Run ……

You’ve Got To Be Able To Walk Before You Can Run


There are certain things that we all tend to know will happen during the course of the MLB season . The Pittsburgh Pirates will either implode at some point during their schedule and that Milton Bradley is liable to go off into an inane rant and subsequently be cut from his team or be looking to lay allay his troubles elsewhere by blaming others for his own petulant and infantile behavior .


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Well it’s that time once again and the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to upset the apple cart . Low and behold but this team is actually playing a brand of baseball that seems to be exciting the fans at the home games played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . It would appear with the Pirates making their presence felt within the NL Central things could very well be looking up for the organization. Without a winning season since 1992 the thought was that this season we’d see some sort of improvement of this team as part of the newly installed Clint Hurdle’s plan. As manager of this team along with his coaching staff it was felt that this young and inexperienced roster would take time to gel and become competitive . Certainly their draft for this last year and previous seasons is now coming to fruition with several players making some valuable contributions to the team’s start. And though it’s early days yet this season could provide to be something special if the Pirates are able to challenge the likes of the Cincinnati Reds and St Louis Cardinals within the NL Central .

With an 18-17 mark the Pittsburgh Pirates sits two games behind the division leading Cardinals and a mere one game adrift of the Reds . And over the next three days with a home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers we’ll certainly begin to know a great deal more about the Pirates and their actual mindset as to the direction that they’re going in as a team and as an organization . GM Neal Huntington , principal managing partner Bob Nutting and the rest of the front office over course of their tenure have painted this organization as one that has struggled to remain solvent financially but also as a competitive organization. And now even in spite of the league hierarchy’s wholly benevolent tax sharing revenue scheme the Pirates much like many of the other small market teams continue to plead poverty. Baseball’s hierarchy , the team owners and the self absorbed MLBPA continue to live beyond their means , with the rather outrageous salaries being paid to the players . The game is well on its way to the self destruct mode and sooner or later the fans can simply watch it implode because this is much is certain, it’s now to late to back this train up as it heads toward that collision into a wall.

It’s my own belief that the Pittsburgh Pirates still have a long way to go before they can be seen not only a credible contender within their own division but also as a legitimate contender for any type of postseason honor be it the NLCS much less the World Series itself ! But over the course of the remainder of this season we will no doubt see the competitive nature of this team and how far they can actually go as to their own aspirations .

It should come as no surprise that the Seattle Mariners continues to be a woefully inept ran organization and an even more disastrous team from a competitive standpoint. Eric Wedge and his coaching staff have struggled to get this team to even battle competitively anywhere near their true potential . And it certainly hasn’t helped that a veteran such as Milton Bradley whose performances this season have been woefully inept . So much so, that Wedge and the front office led by GM Jack Zduriencik made the decision to part ways with their much troubled and beleaguered veteran . The real problem has been the very fact that Mariners haven’t been a competitive organization since the days when Randy Johnson , Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr were part of this team that met the challenges placed in front of them. It seems to so asinine to think that this organization owned by one of the world’s most recognized electronic gaming companies Nintendo Corp .America as a subsidiary of its parent company Nintendo of Japan has let things slump to its present situation ! It’d appear that Nintendo has no interest in seeing the Mariners be a competitive concern much less a viable one from a financial standpoint .

My biggest concern is what I see as being so much of a microcosm of what’s going across the landscape of baseball. If that’s not prevalent with what we’re now seeing within organizations such as Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets then clearly there’s a problem that the league hierarchy hasn’t really addressed. Albeit, that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has sought to intervene in the day to day operations and we’re informed by MLB spokesman Rob Manfred states that the league is also closely monitoring the New York Mets and their mediation case being overseen by Federal Court appointed mediator for which the organization and its principal owners Fred Wilpon , Saul Katz as well as their company Sterling Equities ; and the Mets’ organization are the co-defendants in Picard et all vs New York Mets , Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon. This case could prove to be costly should a verdict go against the defendants as on the line could be as much as anywhere between $750 million and $1 billion in damages which the plaintiffs are seeking to recoup from the profits attained by the defendants, which were part of the enormous benefits reaped from the Madoff Ponzi scheme .

In watching the Mariners simply spiral out of control it’s hard to believe that the this team can be viewed as being competitive within the AL West when they’re now mired with a 16-19 mark within the division are four games adrift of the division leading Los Angeles Angels . This team has been playing abysmally and if there’s view that the talents of Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez are being wasted on a team that simply hasn’t the proclivity to win . If nothing else the fans now entrenched at Safeco Field in Seattle , Washington during home games are either seeking to endure this torture or the very fact that in terms of real entertainment there’s very little to be had in terms of using one’s discretionary income wisely . It is completely ridiculous to think Bradley’s departure remains the high point of the Seattle Mariner’s season so far rather than their accomplishments on the field of play. But in reality even there , there has been little to actually take any pride or joy in as with regard to the team’s rather anemic triumphs .

Pared down salaries simply hasn’t helped either organization , neither has the recent personnel decisions made by the Mariners or Pirates that has seen any real fruition for either team. Simply put there’s very little that I can see in terms of any real progress for either club at this juncture ! In time they may well become better but given their results in recent years and the fact that neither has had any impact on the postseason over the past decade it’s clear to see that they’re merely here to make up the numbers and little else !



Picture gallery for your perusal .

From your own perspective how do you view the Pittsburgh Pirates’ start to the season and do you feel that they’re capable of competing within their division or be viewed as a legitimate title contender. And what thoughts if any do youy have on the Seattle Mariners cutting ties with Milton Bradley , given his particular troubled past over the course of his Major League career ? Simply chime in with a comment as to anything you feel pertinent to this topic .

Alan aka tophatal …………………………..

Picture and slide show details below .

(1) Milton Bradley (15) of the Seattle Mariners is restrained by manager Eric Wedge (22 ) after being ejected from the game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on May 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Getty Images / Otto Greule Jr ……..

(2) Luis Rodriguez (1) of the Seattle Mariners hits a three run home run in the eigth inning and is congratulated by teammate Milton Bradley (15) during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Mariners defeated the Tigers 7-2 . Getty Images /Leon Halip …….

(3) Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, center, talks with pitcher Chris Resop, right, as catcher Ryan Doumit walks to the mound during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The Dodgers won 10-3 . AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar ……

(4) Neil Walker (18) of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Ryan Doumit (41) after scoring in the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……

(5) Lyle Overbay (37) of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI double in the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……..

(6) Matt Kempt (27) of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a catch in the outfield during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images ……

(7) Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki of Japan, bunts for a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 7-6 in 13 innings. AP Photo/ Nick Wass ……

(8) Seattle Mariners right fielder Carlos Peguero runs under a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts(notes) to make the catch for an out in foul territory during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Baltimore. AP Photo/Nick Wass ……..

(9) FILE – In this April 11, 2011 , photo, Seattle Mariners’ Milton Bradley(notes) watches from the dugout as he waits his turn to bat against the Toronto Blue Jays during a baseball game in Seattle. Bradley was cut by the Mariners on Monday, May 9, 2011, leaving the temperamental outfielder again looking for a new job. The Mariners designated Bradley for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade, release or send him to the minors. He was making $12 million this season. AP Photo / Elaine Thompson ………..


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19 thoughts on “You’ve Got To Be Able To Walk Before You Can Run ……

  1. Milton Bradley might be the biggest piece of crap in baseball. No joke. No respect at all for that guy. As for the Pirates, I just don’t see them sustaining what they’ve got going right now. I like some of the youth that they have, most notably their sick-ass center fielder Andrew McCutchen, but I don’t think they have the pitching to hold up for a full season. We shall see, though.

    1. smurfed

      Bradley is an ignorant piece of sh_t ! The guy throws out the race card the moment he tends to fu_k up the way a Klansman likes to kick any minority down at the drop of a hat . Milton Bradley has never been known to take responsibility for his own actions . He’s just like any other self absorbed athlete shit for brains and even less talent on the whole .

      As for the Pirates I feel sorry for their fans because since the team was sold by the McClatchy’s to that ass wipe they’ve simply gotten much worse and that’s in spite of the McClatchy’s themselves being miserly owners . They says sh_t rolls downhill but nowehere as fast as wither the Mariners or Pirates that’s for sure !

      McCutchen but his talents are simply being wasted with the Pirates in the same way Ichiro’s and Felix Hernandez’s talents are being wasted with the Mariners . Both are badly ran sorry ass organizations .

      tophatal ……………….

  2. And just a side note: It pains me to see the Mariners bad. I’m from Houston, so naturally I’m a ‘Stros fan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the M’s because of Ken Griffey, Jr. Favorite baseball player of all-time right there…damn I loved the days of him, Randy Johnson, Jay Buehner, A-Rod and Edgar Martinez. What a team.

    1. smurfed

      Isn’t Jim Crane taking over the ‘stros or is Drayton McClane simply that much of a dick that’d he rather see this deal go up in smoke ? Hell he ( McClane) should’ve sold the team years ago because he’s never been intent on winning .

      tophatal ……………….

    2. smurfed

      If a team that had Buehner , Griffey Jr , A-Rod , Randy Johnson and Edgar Martinez couldn’t win then Mariners in their present guise will never win ! The ownership simply isn’t nor have they ever been that ambitious to win .

      Mariners & Pirates are simply Po’ Folks !

      tophatal …………………………..

  3. Bradley is making it hard to take the guy to be taken seriously as a baseball player . He gets thrown off more teams and it’s looking really embarrassing for the guy ! Who’s going to want to take a flyer on him at this juncture when he can’t even play competently for a team like the Mariners ?

    As for the Pirates if they keep up the pace they’re playing at and finish above .500 they need to be given some sort of prize by MLB . There ought to be something like Comeback Organization of the Year with MLB don’t you think ? That accolade ought to be given to the team that makes the biggest improvement over the course of the season . Much as in the same way that the NBA has their individual accolade for Most Improved Player or with the NFL it’s the Comeback Player of the Year .

    Come get your soul food .

    tophatal …………….

  4. I haven’t seen the Pirates play this season, but I watch the Cubs a lot so maybe I’ll be able to see them in action.
    I have always been a National League fan starting with the Reds in my youth. I just wish the Rays would have drawn the senoir circuit.
    Whatever happens it’s gonna be fun. Take care my friend.

    1. aero

      I think that with teams such as the Mariners and Pirates once their objectivity has been lost in terms of being competitive they simply go through the motions rather than actually wanting to compete.

      In the case of the Rays the jury is still out on them not only amongst the fans within the local community but I do feel that Bud Selig and the league hierarchy have been completely disingenuous in how he’s treated the organization as a whole as well as the fans ! . Threatening Sternberg by telling he and his fellow executives they will never stage on an All Star Game because the stadium issue remains unresolved has hurt this organization more than some can imagine . Had the Rays been able to do so (stage an All Star Game) then it’s my belief it would have assisted them as such and they’d be further along in the process . Instead their impending future remains up in the air .

      I do believe that with Selig now talking about expanding the playoffs where there are ten teams , it would make for an interesting scenario.

      tophatal ……

  5. It would be cool to see the Pirates hang out close to the top of the rankings for awhile, but I don’t think they have the pitching to keep them afloat…

    I’d say I feel bad for seattle, but since they are in the A’s division, I can’t say I’m too sad 🙂

    1. chappy81

      In all honesty baseball hasn’t done itself any favors wherein the vast majority of the owners simply aren’t ambitious and they are merely being assisted by the league hierarchy by showing their ineptitude not only from a competitive standpoint but also one from a business one as well . You tell me if in all the years since the tax sharing scheme has been in place what improvements to your mind have you seen with the A’s ? They’ve drafted well over the years but only then to offload players because the ownership is too cheap and then use the fans’ gullibility as a way of suggesting that they’re still trying to contend .

      You tell me how a multi billion corporation such as Nintendo USA can’t say …….. spend an extra $ 40 million to bolster (Mariners’) their roster ? Instead we’re seeing the wasted talents of Felix Hernandez and Ichiro labor with an organization that simply has no ambition or the will to win !

      The game has now become about the haves and have nots and simply because the Giants won last season in essence the that playing field still remains imbalanced because of the financial disparities within the game amongst the teams .

      The Texas Rangers now with their own board of billionaires as well as their multi billion tv contract may well be able to challenge the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox but all other teams are simply left trailing in their wake ! How’s that meant to be fair in terms having the game actually be more competitive ?

      tophatal …………

      1. I think you answered your own question. There isn’t such thing as fair or even playing field in baseball. Same goes for everything these days…

    2. chappy 81

      Pirates’ fans should consider themselves lucky that they’re contending at present because by late May early late July I think that you’ll see that team tailing off and falling further behind the likes of the Cardinals and Reds within the NL Central !

      tophatal ……………

  6. The Pirates used to be a top organzation in the 1960’s and 1970’s until they went down hill. 1960 World Seriesd champsas well as Pops and the boys winning in the 1970’s. I am glad to see the buckos coming back. Remember this My Philles are the all time record holders for most losses for a team. The Bums have over ten thousand losses.
    The Phillies have had marginal success in baseball until the 1980’s early 1990’s and now the butt end of 2007 or so till present.

    1. Bobby Gee

      ’til the Pirates actually has an ownership that really understands what it takes to win this organization will always be looked at as being inept and without a damn clue . They’ve gone through managers the way that Imelda Marcos went through pairs of shoes . And now they’re literally put their players on display because when it comes arbitration time we simply know that Huntington and Nutting will let them bail because they’re simply too cheap to want success !

      The Mariners are bad if not worse because Nintendo USA and the ownership/front office are simply a bunch of damn morons ! The talents of Felix Hernandez and Ichiro are simply being wasted on this team .

      It’s not about what you did way back when but it’s about ……….’what have you done for me lately ‘ ? And in the case of the Phillies these past three or four years have been exceptional .

      tophatal …….

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Is that what the lesser sport’s franchises are said to be doing in order to make themselves more competitive as well as more financially viable ? If that’s the case then perhaps more than 2/3 of the teams in baseball ought to move to the state of Oklahoma .

      And perhaps we can get Paul Allen to move those sorry ass Seahawks there as well ? Can you tell me the last time that team was actually relevant in the NFL in any shape or form ?

      tophatal ……………

      1. I’ll tell you when they were relevant last, Al.

        The day they knocked off the defending champions in last year’s playoffs.

        If you recall, they were a ten-point underdog in that game.

  7. Chris Humpherys

    And look at how the Saints had been playing coming to the playoffs not exactly awe inspiring at all was it ?

    The Saints were mediocre on defense and this was a team that had forced 20 plus TO’s and had a takeaway ratio that was in the double digits .

    The ‘hawks won’t be going anywhere this season because Carroll still has a task rebuilding this roster into a competitive one . He’s got USC cast offs there now thinking that he can revert back to those days in thinking that this’ll work in the NFL .

    As bad as the NFC West is I can’t see the Seahawks see winning that division ! Too many holes to fill and Matt Hasselbeck is way past his prime .

    Carroll’s coaching staff

    Seahawks draft history .

    2011 Draft picks for the Seahawks

    You tell me where you expect the Seahwaks to show improvements this season ?

    tophatal ……………

  8. chappy

    There never has been a level playing field within the game even when it came to prominence even after racial integration . And after the Curt Flood issue look at what happened then ? It didn’t make it anymore equitable as it simply opened up the flood gates for the Yankees to have their pick and essentially ply the best of the players out there on the rosters of the other teams around .

    tophatal …..

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