ok, so we dabbled with launching this site last year, and came up with more ideas than we had time. But this year, I decided to give it the attention that it deserves, and I hope that it becomes a source of interest and community for Bucco fans around the world. For those of you that I know well on the various Pirate blogs, welcome from JoeBucco.
Although the official launch date will be in mid-February coinciding with the opening of spring training, you will find some things coming together in the weeks before that. I’m working on getting the Grade A Trade completed and updated, and coming up with a couple of ideas for interviews and stories for the upcoming season. I think what I have in mind could make this a pretty interesting place, but only time and participation will determine that.
But for those that have visited this site in the past six months, it has been frozen in time in a happy place. With the Pirates in 1st place in July. I’ve been somewhat happy to keep it that way. Can this year’s team provide or even surpass the same level of excitement in Pittsburgh? Time will tell in that case as well.
So until pitchers and catchers report, Go Buccos!
So yes, the plan was to kick off the site on Opening Day this year, and yes, I’ve seen every single Pirates game that has been played this year. Writing about them as planned, however, has been a different story. Lots of excuses (work, taxes, kid’s 16th b-day, etc) but no real excuses. I have been working on some things like the Grade-A-Trade software, which I think will be pretty cool once I get the material on it.
So to recap the Pirates game tonight, and strangely, what seems like the entire season… We got pretty good pitching, not much hitting, and shaky defense and mental errors when the game was on the line. Charlie Morton was outstanding for the third time in four starts, and he is now probably the leading candidate to be our All Star representative. From a guy that many didn’t think even deserved to be in the pitching rotation.
Tonight, we lost to San Francisco in extra innings because they played the way we want to play. Well, Darren Ford anyway. Dude is fast. Crazy fast. But he was also helped by Neil Walker making a casual throw to first when he should have been more sharp, allowing Ford to essentially steal home on Walker’s throw to first. Of course, Ford was on third because Joel Hanrahan’s pickoff attempt while Ford was on first base went into right field. Ford also used his wheels to get into scoring position for the tying run as well as the winning run. He basically manufactured two runs all by himself.
The ironic thing is that this is how we want to play. And perhaps the Pirates would create some havoc on the bases if only they could get on base. Andrew McCutchen has done virtually nothing outside of two or three games this year. Pedro Alvarez has done nothing so far. Ronny Cedeno is flat out horrible. Neil Walker and Jose Tabata have struggled after hot starts. Lyle Overbay has 1 HR. Ryan Doumit has hit like 80 fly balls to center field and has not done much else.
So here is the deal. I will officially kick off this blog site tomorrow, and the Pirates will start hitting the same day. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
Well, after always thinking about doing something like this, I decided to take the plunge and start the GoBuccos.com blog, about all things Pittsburgh Pirates. As a lifelong and long suffering Pirates fan, I hope that I have some good things to share with one of the most passionate fan bases in the world. I’ll keep this message simple and just leave it as a hello. For hope springs eternal, and this Pirate fan is excited for the season to begin. Sure, the Buccos always have me excited this time of year, and after 18 straight losing seasons, fans must take a wait and see approach with this team, and more specifically, the ownership and front office. But for the first time in 18 years, there is some excitement that a few pieces may be in place. So wait and see it is, and with a new blog to help you pass the time waiting.
Welcome, and I look forward to building this community with you.