ShareThis Page
U mad, bro? Readers come to Pirates’ defense |
Breakfast With Benz

U mad, bro? Readers come to Pirates’ defense

Tim Benz
| Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:00 a.m
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte celebrates his two-run homer with Jordy Mercer during the third inning against the Nationals Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at PNC Park.

And here I though most people wanted me to be tough on the Pirates.

In our weekly reader venting session, “U mad, bro?” I get a little blowback for being too hard on Pirates. Readers respond to the Pirates/Nationals game being on “Facebook Watch.” And I may have even gotten myself some free barbecue and a sports bucket-list item crossed off for doing this thing.

This “U mad, bro?” section is really growing on me.

We start with Skip, who sent me a few tweets regarding my piece this week about Josh Harrison, where the Pirate infielder said he is unsure about his desire to stay in Pittsburgh.

Skip: He’s not hitting at all. Maybe if he were we would be contending. The incessant negativity about this team is so over the top. So tired of ‘Nutting is cheap’. Blah blah blah. So tedious.

In the history of this franchise they have never been pursuing free agents or a huge payroll. That’s never gonna happen. How about analysis of bad drafts? How about addressing issues with development. None of this has to do with owners cheapness.

No, Skip. Even if Harrison were hitting .023 closer to his career average, “you” still wouldn’t be contending.

Regarding not writing about bad drafts and development, I just did. On Tuesday.

As far as what is tedious, how about the vast majority of losing seasons since 1979? That feels tedious to me.

By the way, if you are upset about negativity, why are you bashing Harrison’s batting average? That’s being positive?

Speaking of washed out Pirate prospects, Tony didn’t like my flippantly describing Luis Heredia as a “savior” who didn’t pan out. He sent this tweet.

Tony: “He was a teenager. High risk/reward. ‘Savior’ was never a term used to describe him. Especially not by the team. When you go on the radio and say someone was supposed to be a ‘savior,’ some listeners may believe you. And that is incorrect. Hyperbole.”

Sorry, Tony. Would you be happier if I described him as a “total bust?” Would that be less hyperbolic and more accurate for you?

And speaking of hyperbole, how about Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle saying this team could perhaps contend for the playoffs in 2018? Would that count as “hyperbole?”

Mike reached out to me about my sports bucket list post, and offered up a chance for me to get to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a game.

Mike: Tim, I am a Duke alum, transplanted (and loyal) Pittsburgher now residing in Raleigh and a Duke season ticket holder. If you can provide a logical explanation why you “hate Duke,” which cannot include the words “Laettner,” “Hurley,” “Redick” or “Grayson,” or the letter “K,” I will be happy to make your No. 1 bucket list wish come true. Seriously, no conditions attached, I would look forward to hosting you for a game in Cameron this upcoming season, and I will even throw in some real Eastern North Carolina barbecue and a personal guided tour of the Duke campus.”

Well, Mike, as a Syracuse fan I hate Duke because they always get calls like this.

I like my barbecue more smoky than hot. That OK?

Sincerely, I appreciate the offer and look forward to seeing you down there.

Thomas emailed me about a tweet I posted in response to John Tortorella’s outrage at Jim Rutherford and Jack Johnson.

Thomas: Tim, ‘There is no Corsi number to properly represent the importance of angering Torts.’

You deserve a (expletive) Pulitzer for that line. I love it.”

Hey, when a reader is right, he’s right.

Lastly, here are a bunch of responses from people who experimented with that Pirates/Nationals broadcast on “Facebook Watch.” I discussed it in our afternoon commentary yesterday.

Kristen, just disengage the comments by hitting the icon that looks like the text messages on your phone. That’s easy. I did it right away.

Bunk, I agree. But they need to spice up the down time between innings. The pre produced packages were good. The fan interaction in the seats was horrible.

I actually had no connectivity issues and found the feed to be very clean, Dan.

This is true. And at this point, I think we are all looking to cling to something.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review sports columnist. You can contact Tim via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.