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Wakeup Call: Pirates’ new motto … ‘We tried’


Brief and to the Point …

>> The Pirates can’t hit. They’re terrible at it. The lineup they sent out last night in Washington was batting a collective .209. It’s mid-May. That’s just beyond belief.

But it doesn’t excuse a lazy approach to analyzing this.

Typical Pittsburgh conversation:

Man, you see the Pirates last night? They can’t hit at all.

Yeah, I know, right? The Nuttings need to sell the team.

Right. What do the expect when they don’t spend anything?

It’s neat, simple, clean and doesn’t involve the slightest amount of effort to simply repeat the last thing you heard on the radio before getting out of the car. It also completely flies in the face of the cold, hard facts that the Pirates currently are over-paying most of their lineup, plus the indisputable fact that they are terrible at evaluating hitters.

I take you back to the column on this topic from two weeks ago.

>> To the flip side of this type of discussion, to those who relentlessly defend the Pirates’ management, answer this: Why is it wholly acceptable that they’ve TRIED to get hitters after failing overwhelmingly to do so over the offseason?

And after failing to put together a minor-league system capable of offering more than two reasonable options to play in Pittsburgh?

When did TRYING become good enough?

I don’t doubt the trade market is tough right now. But this is Neal Huntington’s hole, and he needs to dig out of it. Not just try.

>> Willie Colon’s surprising move to left guard will have him and David DeCastro both pulling from the inside. Should make for a much better running game.

Now, people hear that and immediately conjure visions of Chuck Noll, Franco Harris and a cloud of dust. There’s no need for that. The Steelers don’t necessarily need to run more. They just need to run better. And they absolutely need to be able to do more through the middle.

>> It takes some doing in the hockey world to have Mike Milbury call someone out for boorish behavior and for Milbury to be 100 percent right. But that’s what happened a little bit after the Devils beat the Rangers last night. Milbury, sooned to be echoed by Keith Jones, tore into John Tortorella for his rude, infantile behavior in press conferences.

It’s progress that someone on NBC finally saw this as something other than knee-slapping hilarity.

Next step will be for NHL Network to quit glorifying the behavior with those Tortorella montages that are cracking up the entire set.

>> Our weekly chat is today at noon. If I don’t show up, don’t blame me. I’ll try.

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