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U mad, bro? Pirates fans sound off on Sean Rodriguez, Clint Hurdle

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Sean Rodriguez and Clint Hurdle

Breakfast With Benz has been up and running for three months now. And I’m getting a good feel as to what gets the most reaction from you, our beloved audience.

• Anything Steelers

• Penguins trade/free agency rumors

• Steelers stuff

• Ripping the Pirates

• Have I mentioned Steelers?

Jumping on the Pirates seems to be particularly hot of late. Lots of reads. Plenty of comments and feedback. In fact, even last week’s “U Mad, Bro?” post was primarily responses to my column about Neal Huntington’s phony quotes about adding to the roster.

It was one of our most read pages since the NFL Draft. So venting fans are even dying to read other fans’ venting about the state of the Pirates.

Far be it from me to avoid feeding the beast. Here’s this week’s “U Mad, Bro?” reader feedback page.


I thought I hammered the Pirates pretty hard after they were swept at home by Arizona. Apparently Jim feels I was too delicate .

Jim: The Pirates problems begin and end with Clint Hurdle and Pirate management. Management looks at the bottom line. They are making $$$$. Even with poor baseball results.

You can’t fire the owner, but Hurdle needs to go! The Pirates run the bases poorly and play uninspired defense. Polanco is a talent waiting to happen but runs bases like a out of control like a 14-year-old. The hitters chase way too many pitches out of the strike zone too.

Firing Hurdle and Cora would be a good start! Hurdle got run outta Colorado for his same ideas and game management.

Tim: Jim, all your comments about the Pirates’ sloppiness are valid. Hurdle does deserve some blame for that. But bouncing him would be like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. I don’t see management considering that any time soon. If Hurdle were to be replaced — like the players themselves — I’m sure it’d just be by someone younger and cheaper. So if a new manager took over, don’t expect much better based on the reasons you outlined above.


George had a sense of humor reading my depressing take on the state of Sean Rodriguez entitled: For Pirates, S-Rod now a lightning rod

Let’s make one thing clear! I’ll do the jokes around here.

Unless of course, yours are funnier than mine. Then I will steal them. So, expect that to happen here. You’ll be reading this again come the trade deadline.


Sam wanted add an opinion about my column regarding the mass departure of NFL referees .

See above, Sam.


OK, it’s been eight seconds. Back to S-Rod.

Don: Neil Huntington said that he isn’t the same player as he was before the accident. So why did they bring him back? And why he is getting at bats and starts instead of Max Moroff, Adam Frazier, the Seinfeld guys in AAA, or somebody in their system just infuriates me.

He doesn’t project to the future and he clearly can’t help them this year. He was never the answer.

But this is the part that I don’t get with management, they keep running this guy out onto the field and then they bemoan the attendance at games”

Tim: Don, what are you talking about?! Did you not hear his loyal fans chanting “MVP! MVP! MVP!” after all his strikeouts and double plays last weekend? Clearly, whoever is still going must be going for S-Rod. And his bobbleheads.


Believe it or not, Joe was still mad at Phil Mickelson even after he apologized for his U.S. Open ball strike late last week. And he disagrees with my take that we need to let it go.

Joe: Golf is a game of rules. Yes some are dumb. But those are the rules. I see very honorable people when I play. They call themselves for penalties. They respect the game. It’s one of the things I love about golf. What he did was flat wrong. He knows it. He tried to make light of it but I was flat wrong.

My dad always told me that you could tell a lot about a man by the way he acts on a golf course. Cheat there, cheat elsewhere.

Tim: Joe, you are proving my point. You are being way too preachy and hung up on this. He violated a rule he either didn’t know existed, or realized existed and used to his advantage. It’s one or the other. And he didn’t try to hide it. That’s not cheating. That’s either being petulant or creative. You choose.


Greg takes umbrage with David Carr’s assessment that Ben Roethlisberger is not a top-10 NFL quarterback.

Or, might I add, from a guy who rated his own brother No. 4.

By the way, we are scheduled to interview Carr soon. So expect that to be my own personal “U Mad Bro” moment.

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