Thanks, Jason Bay, for admitting baseball’s not about winning when you’re a Pittsburgh Pirate.
In an article running in today’s Toronto Star, the Pirates’ slugger sounds like a beaten man:
“It is definitely frustrating,” Bay admitted. “It wears on you after a while. You can only hear, ‘We’re looking forward to next year,’ so many times. The fans get agitated and it starts up in here. No one in here enjoys losing and that’s the thing.” …
“I like it here,” Bay shrugged. “I like the direction. I like the guys and all that, but time will tell. I would definitely not be reluctant to sign a long-term deal. I’m a big fan of Pittsburgh, but it also boils down to getting the ship pointed in the right direction.
“Some people are looking for the quick fix, pull the switch and boom you’re a contender. The reality is that doesn’t happen for a team in our (financial) situation. … I like it here. It’s really beautiful. At some point it’s definitely going to be about winning ballgames, not just putting on the uniform.”
Good thing the Pirates play in a gorgeous ballpark. And that we have classy uniforms. Those are the types of features you look for in a major-league club.
At some point it’ll be about winning. That’s refreshing to hear. Granted, that point will only come after Bay is no longer a Pirate, but at some point … it will be about winning.
Just not now.