During a recent speaking engagement at Marshall University, Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman gave a frank — and rather bleak — assessment of how he views the Pirates.
“They’ve probably improved themselves, which means they’ll probably lose 97 games,” Brennaman told the Charleston (W.Va) Daily Mail. “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel for that franchise. There really isn’t. I don’t think it has great ownership, I don’t think it has great baseball expertise in its front office, and is strapped for finances, which is probably the single biggest problem. I feel bad for them. PNC Park is one of the fine ballparks in Major League Baseball.”
Brennaman also ridiculed the Cardinals (specifically manager Tony LaRussa — “I refer to him as ‘Mr. Baseball’ on the radio because he acts like he invented the game,” Brennaman said) and the Cubs (“At the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Cubs” across the front of their jersey. That’s why they won’t win.”) and referred to the Pirates as “a catastrophe.”
The West Virginia Power, one of the Pirates’ Class A affiliates, is based in Charleston. The Power share their stadium with Marshall’s baseball team. Brennaman, upset that the Thundering Herd do not have an on-campus venue, said Marshall’s president is “queer” for softball, which has it’s own ballpark.