January 30, 2007

Suddenly, the Lettering on the Reds Jerseys Seems OK

Chick Magnet As if you didn't already have enough reasons to be glad not to be a Pirates fan, this is apparently their new alternate home jersey design.

Says Pat of WHYGAS? has this to say:

Bright red vest, black lettering, black sleeves, gold trim, and bringing back the black cap with the red bill. Calling it “ugly as sin” would be offensive to sin.

Meanwhile, I'm concerned that this is just too much suffering for baseball fans in the greater Pittsburgh area and karma is bound to come around if we don't do something drastically nice for them. Quick! Let's send them Sean Casey!

7 comments to “Suddenly, the Lettering on the Reds Jerseys Seems OK”

  1. BubbaFan says:

    You know, I saw that jersey on another site, and I thought it was a joke. I mean, red? Why red?

    Forget Sean Casey. Let’s give ’em some sleeves. 😉

    And speaking of Pittsburgh, [url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07030/758017-126.stm]Dejan Kovacevic[/url] thinks Cincinnati overachieved last year. 😛

  2. Zeldink says:

    That is…that’s hideous.

    At least the [url=http://www.dugout-memories.com/1979pir.jpg]stupid-looking pill box cap from the 1970s[/url] had a certain amount of charm to it. This is just wretched.

    Apparently, Pirates’ GM Dave Littlefield saw the Reds and Astros contending to the final games of the season, with the Cardinals winning it all and saw only one thing his team didn’t have: the color red. As far as I can tell, that’s their biggest acquisition this offseason.

  3. BubbaFan says:

    They got their dream guy, Adam LaRoche. Littlefield may have saved his job, at least for awhile, with that move.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Is Littlefield in danger of losing his job? I was under the impression that the Pirates’ ownership didn’t see losing as particularly problematic!

  5. BubbaFan says:

    Holy guacamole. The NY Mets have signed Ruben Sierra. You know, the .179-hitting Ruben Sierra. It’s only a minor league contract, but still…at this point, Ruben Studdard would probably be a better bet.

  6. Daedalus says:

    ugh, that’s hideous. i think the irate pirates fans need to riot.

  7. KC2HMZ says:

    Regarding the hideous red jerseys: Looks like Pirates fans now have the perfect excuse to wear sunglasses to night games, the better to remain anonymous and thus avoid being outed as Pirates’ fans.

    Regarding the question on Littlefield’s job security: During all the hullabaloo over the big-bucks free agent market, the Pirates’ change in ownership over this winter slipped under a lot of people’s radar. Kevin McClatchy, who has been the principal owner of the Pirates through the last 11 of the team’s 13 consecutive losing seasons, was an owner in the mold of Baltimore’s Peter Angelos. Which is to say, so tight with money that you couldn’t pull a dime out of his ass with a tractor (although there is no truth to the rumor that copper wire was invented accidentally while McClatchy and Angelos were fighting over a penny).

    He remains the Pirates’ CEO, but the new principal owner is Bob Nutting, the 44-year-old head of the West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers chain whose family acquired majority interest in the team. An article by Dejan Kovacevic (you’ll recall him as the Pittsburgh writer who gave us four months of Adam-Dunn-To-The-Pirates trade rumors from last August to sometime in December) last month quoted Nutting as follows: “I will say this: I am absolutely committed to having the team win. Baseball teams exist to win baseball games, and the Pirates need to have improved on-field performance. That’s my expectation, and it’s up to Kevin and his people to execute.”

    The “his people” would presumably include Littlefield. And since winning in Pittsburgh (Adam LaRoche or no Adam LaRoche) isn’t much more likely to happen with this year’s projected $50 million payroll than it was with last year’s $43.3 million payroll (28th out of 30 teams), I’d say Nutting has a better chance of having RHM start a poll to poke fun of his name than he has of seeing the Pirates avoid breaking the Phillies’ major league record for consecutive losing seasons (the Pirates are currently two seasons shy). And, I’d say that Littlefield might well be considered on the hot seat down there in the land where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers meet to form the Ohio.