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Ah, hell, here we go


The season just went into the toilet before it started

Dejan writes in today's PG:

"For the Pirates, the internal focus will remain on preparing for the season that opens April 5. But, should this ownership story play out further -- and even if it does not -- it could make for quite the distraction." So expect batting averages to plummet and ERAs to soar while our players spend more time in little clubhouse klatches, bitching and fretting and worrying about who signs their massive paychecks, and less time in the batting cage and the practice mound, trying to win and keep a major-league job. Yes, this will be a huge distraction -- as long as media types keep pounding them and hounding them with questions about a possible ownership change. They'll lose focus, they'll lose concentration, they'll want to shove media types into lockers and shut the doors. And if that isn't bad enough, they'll be out there at the plate or on the mound, not thinking about whether to throw or swing at a curve or fastball or change but about how much harder they could throw or how much farther they could hit a ball if only Ron Burkle were signing the checks. I see another 17 years of darkness settling over the franchise, friends. "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." All because somebody made an offer to buy the team and was ignored.* * Please note that it doesn't matter whether the story plays out further, or not! Conveniently for the sportswriter, he can beat this story to death and write about "distractions" either way. And it doesn't matter how the team performs either. If the team goes 30-130, blame it on the "distractions." If the team goes 130-30, Wow! Look how they overcame all the "distractions"! *sigh* It was gonna be a long season anyway ...

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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