SEAL this deal: Let’s Go (AlI-In) Bucs
By now, if you follow me here, on Pirates.com, on Twitter — if you follow me anywhere except down a dark alley — you’re well aware that I haven’t paid much attention to that Navy SEALS-Hoka Hey stuff.
Why not? It has nothing to do with reporting on the team’s official Internet “getaway.” Puh-leeze. But because I believe it all to be a load of fertilizer.
No, not the facts of the matter. But the notion that it has had anything to do with the Bucs going 17-37 the last two Septembers, or with their inability to bunt, or with their failure to get the right colored roses on Valentine’s Day — or with Mark Appel not signing with them, or anything else.
Pure and simple, my thoughts. I can have them, right? Whether or not they conform with club thinking.
Speaking of which, here’s one that struck while listening to three days of give-and-take between fans and team reps during PirateFest:
GM Neal Huntington characteristically defended his refusal to pool prospects in the type of deal swung by the Royals for a pair of veteran right-handed starting pitchers: “We don’t want a team to win just once, but want to develop one that can sustain winning for many, many years.”
In other words, don’t go all-in for one big shot, but build a consistent organization that is a yearly threat.
You know what? I don’t buy that.
If you have a fandom that has suffered through 20 consecutive losing seasons, you DO go all-in for that dump-buster. Just for the emotional lift, the renewed faith. You do everything possible to rid that albatross.
THEN you worry about the long-term. Otherwise, everyone may leap off your badwagon in the short-term, long before it can turn that corner.