So how pathetic has it gotten for my once-proud (OK, so it was 30-something years ago, back when Mount St. Helen's was still in one piece and Khomeini was thumbing his nose at the Great Satan, but it still counts as "once") Pittsburgh Pirates?
Now they're taking out their frustrations on mascots.
Pirates' management summarily fired one of its racing pierogi mascots for speaking the truth on his Facebook page, which is that the Pirates were idiots for extending the contracts of both general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell.
Huntington is the genius who jettisoned most of the club's established talent for prospects who, if any of them actually develop into something more than prospects, will no doubt jettison them when it's time to pay them real money. And Russell ... well, he's the genius who's quietly presiding over the Bucs' current 12-game losing streak, which has dropped them to their customary position in the National League cellar.
But, no, let's not dwell on the fact that this franchise is a train wreck grafted onto the Titanic, manned by incompetent boobs who don't seem to mind screwing the fans by charging major-league prices for a minor-league product. Let's fire the pierogi, instead, for having the guts to call it like it is.
Can you say "thin-skinned"?
Can I say to the current ownership, for the 900th time, "Sell the team to someone who cares about more than just sucking every last dime out of it"?
Shame on them. Shame on them all.
(Well, except for the pierogi. That dude rocks).