Monday, October 01, 2012

20/20 Hindsight

Thanks for Nutting, Bob.
"Twenty years of losing, and they put you on the day shift."

To pair that paraphrase of Bob Dylan's famous line from "Subterranean Homesick Blues" with Chuck Noll's famous advice to some of his players that it's "Time to get on with their life's work," maybe it's time for more than a few members of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club to find new jobs.  And, yes, that would be you, Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, Kyle Stark and Greg Smith.  Just leave, please.  Resign.  Puhleaze.   It's time.  Time to get on with your life's work.

The same applies to any number of players, some of whom would go willingly.  No doubt, some players want to find new jobs but are bounds by "years of player control" to Bob Nutting's Seven Springs Wheeling Intelligencer-Fort Wayne News-Sentinel-Altoona Mirror-Daily Mining Gazette Clownfest. 

Double pee-yoo 20 times over!
If the events of this past week didn't put the entire 20 years into perfect symmetrical perspective, then maybe the next three games -- all, potentially, losses -- will put an emphatic exclamation mark on the season and, yes, these past 20 years.

The Post-Gazette does a nice job recapping the past 20 years, but just these past few days -- capped by yesterday's loss on Fan Appreciation Day, no less -- put a wonderfully ironic and aromatic skunk's tail of a bow on top of this pile of excrement.

There is no end in sight, however, and it just goes on and on, like a bad dream from which we fans cannot awake.

Playing the same old tune.
The fact is this:  What Bob Nutting said when he became principal owner five years ago still applies today:  

"There's really no change in how we're doing business," Mr. Nutting said.

How true.  How bitterly true.

At least we know what to expect next year.  No need to get our hopes up.  Again

Just one more question: What
is an Intelligencer, anyway?