Twenty four years and about three weeks ago, a slender, graceful and much-touted prospect made his debut at Three Rivers Stadium for the Pirates. His name was Barry Lamar Bonds and a recounting of his early days can be instructive as we watch the growth and development of Pedro Alvarez, who will make his Pirates debut tonight batting sixth and playing third base.
There has been some comparison between the debut of Pedro Alvarez and Barry Bond and don’t think Barry hasn’t taken notice. The Pirates are in the midst of an 11 game losing streak and are 20 games under .500. The last time the Pirates won a game was on June 5th.
June 5th 2010 collective soul rocked PNC park on SkyBlast night.
Bigfoot was spotted.
A UFO was spotted.
A tornado was spotted.
June 5th, 1985
Barry Bonds signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Curse level is being moves to level black! Not sure if the Pirates will ever win another game. Feel the wrath of Bonds!
There is still time to vote for Pedro Alvarez to be in the 2010 All-star game. Also the Pirates are still being cursed by Barry Bonds.
Thank you to the 3 people who bought the 17 consecutive losing seasons t-shirts. I earned $4.81 that will help us get back on track with the effort to stop the curse of Bonds!
The Pirates have signed free agent shortstop Bobby Crosby.
The Pirates could also obtain Red Sox catcher/first base/outfield prospect Jon Still.
Former Pirate Kevin Young lives happily in Arizona.
This is kind of old news but on November 30th the Pirates released pitcher Robinson Diaz, leaving Andrew McCutchen the only member of Naughty by Nyjer left on the Pirates rooster. Robinson will be missed we wish him the best in the future.
In other news you may have seen that Ross “Super Genius” Olendorf is interning with the USDA. It should also be noted that Charlie Morton took an off-season job working at Medieval Times.
Carmelo Anthony is set to produce a Roberto Clemente Biography film.
Our only suggestion is to give former Pirate, Robinson Diaz, some consideration when casting Clemente. He has some considerable acting chops.
Finally, we would also like to acknowledge Real Clear Sports for using our 17 losing seasons graphic in Top 10 Worst Sports Streaks story. The Pirates current streak ranked as number 4.
Can’t wait to hear this song blasting at PNC Park late October 2010!
In what is sure to be the first step towards making the playoffs next year the Pirates acquired Akinori Iwamura from the Tampa Bay Rays for reliever Jesse Chavez.
Here the two are together at the international gold chain convention. According to Wikipedia, Iwamura is commonly referred to as “Aki” and he has also been called by the nickname “Gan-chan”. I googled Ghan-chan and came up with this:
But most importantly to this blog Aki does have supernatural abilities which could help break the curse of Bonds. Midway through the 2008 season, Iwamura got a mohawk haircut, thus inventing the “Rayhawk” hairstyle which soon spread to many of his teammates and Rays’ fans. The team went on to become American League Champions.
Can’t wait to see what hairstyle he comes up with to propel the Buccos to victory. My suggestion “The Bucco Bowl Cut”