They tell me that our Buccos are in Bradenton getting ready to put on another imitation of a Major League Baseball team. It must be true because I’ve seen pictures in the papers. I haven’t read any of the stories because I go out of my way to avoid them.
One story that was too important to ignore surfaced a few weeks ago when there were reports that Mario Lemiuex and the guy who provides most of the money for the Penguins franchise, Ron Buerkle were interested in buying the Pirates. The ever dwindling number of people who actually can legitimately call themselves Pirates fans were beside themselves.
They had visions of Lemieux riding to the rescue the way he did with the Penguins. They were so happy that most of them forgot how bad the Penguins were under Lemieux when they were playing in a league that was worse than Major League baseball.
The Penguins also took some well deserved criticism for leaking the story on Pirates Fest weekend. Bob Nutting made it clear that he had no intention of selling the team and that really whipped the fans into a frenzy. That gets me around to a suggestion that I made in a column at the time.
If you are a real Pirates fan who still insists on going to PNC Park and you would like to let your feelings about the Nuttings known, get yourself a Mario Lemieux jersey and wear it to every game. Encourage everybody to do the same. If you don’t want to spend money on a jersey, get a t-shirt and paint 66 on it.
As the season goes along, encourage more people to do the same.
Organize large groups to go to games dressed in 66 shirts and sit in the same section.
Be creative. There are lots of ways to get the message out.
Try to schedule an unofficial “66 Night” and get the word out for everybody who’s going to the game on that night and wants to send a message to the Nuttings to wear a 66 shirt.
If you get enough people to do it, you’re almost guaranteed national exposure.
Of course, if you don’t want to do that, you can always just keep giving the smartest professional team owners in North America your money and enjoying the food while you complain about the baseball.