New York Jets coach Rex Ryan used video of Pirates' batters Lastings Milledge and Delwynn Young for comedic material. Ryan arranged for video juxtaposing himself with video of Washington Nationals' rookie phenom Steven Strasburg's 14-strikeout debut against the Pirates last week.
As reported on Taragana's Sports News blog, Ryan opened his news conference the other day by evaluating his ceremonial first pitch, and comparing himself to Strasburg ...
“Two stars, very similar,” Ryan said as the video played. “Two outstanding pitchers. Look at the movement here. Yep, two great ones.” Just to further show how unhittable he could be, Ryan had Pittsburgh’s Lastings Milledge superimposed into the video of his pitch. ... Milledge, as he did against Strasburg on Tuesday night, swung through the pitch.
“Yep, it’s still a strikeout,” Ryan said. “Swings, misses and it’s a strikeout.”
Oh, go ahead, just pile on. Pirates fans should be used to it by now.
It was pretty funny. But still.
It just shows to go you -- the Pirates are a laughingstock.