IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PIRATES, GIVE US A CALL. LET’S GO OUT TO MIKE IN CRAFTON. WHAT’S UP, MIKE? MIKE, YOU THERE? MIKE IN CRAFTON NO LONGER THERE THEN. RIGHT? WE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE? ALL RIGHT. MY MAN PETE. WHAT’S UP, PETE? HOW ARE YOU DOING? MY MAIN MAN RICH, WELCOME BACK. THANKS. RICH, I WISH YOU WERE ON EVERY NIGHT, BUDDY, BECAUSE THE OTHER ONES DRIVE ME INSANE. TWO POINTS, WHICH NUMBER ONE, THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE YOU RUN INTO PUBLIC ABOUT THE STEELERS, THE PIRATES, THE PENGUINS OR WHATEVER, SEND THEM DOWN TO GET ONE OF THOSE FRENCH FRY, COLE SLAW SANDWICHES, AND THEN A COMPLIMENTARY ANGIOPLASTY. EVERY DAY THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THEIR HITTING PROWESS. THE TOP TEAMS REGARDING PITCH HITTING AVERAGE ARE THE RED SOX AND THE PIRATES. NEITHER ONE ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. SO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A BAD PINCH HITTING TEAM THAT GOES TO THE PLAYOFFS OR A GOOD PINCH HITTING TEAM THAT STARTS PLAYING GOLF THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? I’D RATHER HAVE A TEAM THAT GOES TO THE PLAYOFFS. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, PETE, AND HERE’S THE THING. I HATE THE WAY THE PIRATES SPIN EVERYTHING TO GO THEIR WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO NOT TALK ABOUT WHAT’S ACTUALLY GOING ON. THEY STINK. THEY’RE ONE OF THE WORST TEAMS IN THE MAJORS. THEIR STARTING PITCHING HAS BEEN AWFUL ALL YEAR. THEIR BULLPEN HAS BEEN EVEN WORSE MAYBE, AND THE FACT THAT GUYS ARE FIGHTING NOW, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNREAL WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS PIRATES CLUBHOUSE. THEIR HITTING HAS BEEN OKAY. THEY’VE GOT SOME MAJOR ISSUES. I DON’T THINK THIS IS A QUICK FIX UNLESS THEY SPENT THIS MONEY AND YOU KNOW THEY’RE NOT GOING TO SPEND MONEY. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO NEXT YEAR? THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO WIN? IF THEY’RE GOING TO SIT HERE AND TELL ME THIS TEAM IS GOING TO BE BETTER AS IS AND THEN THEY GET SOMEONE LIKE JORDAN LOLLS TO COME IN HERE AND PITCH, I’M NOT GOING IT BUY IT. I DON’T THINK THE FANS ARE GOING TO BUY IT. THEY’VE GOT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. IF I’M THE OWNER, IF I’M THE MANAGER, IF I’M THE GM, THE PRESIDENT, I’M BEGGING BOB, WE’VE GOT TO SPEND SOME MONEY, WIN THE FANS BACK. DO SOMETHING. EVEN IF WE’VE GOT TO TAKE A LOSS THIS YEAR, LET’S DO SOMETHING. LOOK AT THE LARGER PICTURE HERE, NOT TRYING TO MAKE $50 MILLION A YEAR. I AM NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NEXT YEAR AT ALL. THEY’VE GOT JOSH BELL. THEY’VE GOT SOME GOOD PIECES , THEY DON’T HAVE A NO. 1 PITCHER. YOU’VE GOT CHRIS ARCHER, GOT TO DOUBT HIM STILL. JOE MUSGROVE, YEAH, A GOOD RAH-RAH GUY. 10-12, THAT’S ABOUT WHAT HE IS, A .500 PITCHER. TREVOR WILLIAMS, A COUPLE GAMES ABOVE .500? THEN YOU’RE GOING TO GO WITH CHAD COLE, COMING OFF TOMMY JOHN, STEVEN BROUGHT, YOUR ONLY LEFTY. YOU’RE GOING PIN YOUR HOPES ON THE BULLPEN. YOU CAN’T HAVE GUYS GETTING INTO FIGHTS. IMAGINE IF THEY WERE ANY GOOD AND WE WERE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE PIRATES EVERY NIGHT. I THINK PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP TALKING ABOUT THE PIRATES. IT’S HARD TO EVEN PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST SO BAD. LAUGHABLE. 65-82. THIS IS A TEAM THAT THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE COMPETING FOR A DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY’RE 17-1/2 GAMES OUT. THEY WERE COMPETING BUT THEY WERE STILL UNDER .500. LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES. THEY WERE UNDER .500 AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK. LOOK AT THOSE TEAMS NOW. THEY’RE 10-12 GAMES ABOVE .500. THANKS A LOT, PETE. I APPRECIATE IT. YOU’RE BACK ON THE LINE . WHAT’S UP, MIKE? MIKE, YOU THERE? YEAH, I’M HERE. GO AHEAD. I’M ON? YOU’RE ON, MAN. WHAT’S GOING ON? HEY, WHAT’S GOING ON, MAN? HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU KNOW, YOU HAD THE SINGLE WAY, YOU GOT THE DOUBLE WAY, AND YOU GOT THE TRIPLE WAY AND THEN YOU GOT THE PIRATES. THE PIRATES ARE JUST A NATIONAL LEAGUE FARM TEAM. THAT’S ALL THEY ARE. WE NEED AN OWNER THAT WANTS TO WIN AND HE DON’T WANT TO WIN SO WE’RE NEVER GOING TO WIN AS LONG AS HE’S THE OWNER. WE NEED SOMEBODY LIKE MARK CUBAN BACK. MIKE, I THINK HE WANTS TO WIN. THE WANT IS THERE. THEY ALWAYS SAY THAT. THAT’S THEIR LINE TO ME WHEN I ASK THEM THE QUESTION. NO, THE WANT IS THERE. WELL, THEY’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING TO PROVE TO EVERYONE THAT THEY WANT TO WIN. NEXT YEAR IF THEY COME IN WITH A $70 MILLION PAYROLL, IF I’M A FAN, THAT WOULD BE OUTRAGEOUS. DAY ONE, YOU CAN’T COMPETE DAY ONE IF YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF PAYROLL. I UNDERSTAND BRIAN REYNOLDS, THAT’S A GREAT STORY THIS YEAR. BUT HE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE UP THERE. JOSH BELL, A GREAT STORY. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO BEHIND THE PLATE NEXT YEAR? THEY’VE GOT TO GET A CATCHER. THEY DON’T HAVE STARTING PITCHING, A GOOD THREE, FOUR, FIVE, GUY. DON’T HAVE A ONE AND TWO. VAZQUEZ IS GREAT BUT I WOULD TRADE HIM IN THE OFFSEASON, AND THEN GO ON TRY TO GET A TWO-YEAR REBUILD PLAN. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD DO IF I’M THE PIRATES. THANKS, MIKE. APPRECIATE IT. LET’S GO TO JERRY. I WANT TO TALK SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. OKAY? OKAY. GO. ABOUT YOUR GOLFING GAME. YOU LIKE TO GOLF. I LOVE GOLF, MAN. LOVE IT. DOWN # YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GET ON THE GREEN TO PUTT, THIS MIGHT HELP YOU OUT, IF YOU’RE 2 FEET AWAY, 20 FEET AWAY, IT AUTOMATICALLY WILL FIND ITS WAY INTO THE HOLE. NO WAY. LOOKS LIKE A REGULAR GOLF BALL. YOU CANNOT MISS A PUTT NO MATTER WHERE YOU’RE AT ON THE GREEN. CAN YOU HIT IT WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON THE GREEN? YOU’VE GOT TO USE THE SAME BALL. JUST MADE FOR PUTTING, NOT DRIVING. SO YOU HAVE TO SWITCH YOUR BALL ON THE GREEN. NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT THIS. WELL, IT WOULD BE TOTALLY ILLEGAL. YEAH, BUT IF YOU’RE GOLFING AND YOU CAN GET ONE OF THESE AND NOBODY KNOWS YOU HAVE IT, WHEN YOU GO PUT YOUR OLD BALL DOWN, PUT YOUR PENNY DOWN, SPOT THE BALL. THAT WOULD BE TREMENDOUS, JERRY. SEND ME THIS BALL. I’D LOVE TO SEE IT . YOU’LL NEVER MISS A PUTT. I THOUGHT I’D THROW IT IN, JUST TO CHANGE IT UP FROM TALKING ABOUT OTHER STUFF. I THOUGHT YOU’D ENJOY THAT. DEFINITELY WOULD. DEFINITELY WOULD. PLAYED GOLF THIS WEEK. I PLAY A LOT OF GOLF. IT’S A PASSION OF MINE . THAT’S WHAT I DO. I TRY TO RELATE THINGS TO GOLF. THAT’S HOW I FIGURE THINGS OUT HERE, THE MIND-SET OF KICKERS AND, YOU KNOW, TEAMS, BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY THING THAT I CAN RELATE TO RIGHT NOW BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF I MISS A PUTT OR I KEEP HOOKING BALLS, I KNOW LIKE I’M STANDING ON THE TEE THINKING, LIKE, OH, NO I’VE GOT TO AVOID HOOKING THIS ONE INTO THE WOODS. SO I APPRECIATE THE CALL, JERRY. THANKS A LOT. I’M GOING TO LOOK INTO THIS GOLF BALL. BUT IF YOU CAN’T USE IT OFF THE TEE, IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR ME TO USE AND I’M NOT GOING TO TRY TO CHEAT ANYONE ON THE GOLF COURSE. THAT’S FOR SURE. BUT THAT’S A GREAT IDEA, BY THE WAY. THAT WOULD BE TREMENDOUS IN PUTT PUTT. MAYBE I COULD USE IT ON THE PUTT PUTT COURSE. ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. BACK WITH MORE OF

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 12, 2019 (Pt. 2)
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