First Pitch: About That Curse…

Remember back when A.J. Burnett bunted a ball in to his eye, and I talked about The Curse of Barry Bonds? Well I was thinking about that article today. Not because Josh Bell underwent surgery on his meniscus. I was thinking of it more for the last paragraph in the article.

Pirates fans acknowledge the curse, but no one fully embraces it. I think it’s time for that to happen. It’s time to finally recognize The Curse of Barry Bonds. Or maybe we could call it The Curse of the BamBreamo. But we need something. Otherwise what will we do when Brad Eldred hits his 40th homer of the 2012 season against the Pirates, and the home run ball knocks Joel Hanrahan unconscious in the bullpen, killing his trade value?

Yesterday the Detroit Tigers called up Brad Eldred after the first baseman hit 13 homers in Triple-A to start the season. And guess who the Pirates play twice this year? The Tigers. Once in late-May, and once in late-June.

Eldred made his first start for Detroit tonight, going 2-for-5 with a triple, but also striking out twice.

So it’s going to be fun watching that prediction come to fruition this summer. Better start thinking up cool “Curse” names.

Links and Notes

**The Pirates lost 6-1 to the Atlanta Braves. Game story here.

**Prospect Watch: A two homer night for Gift Ngoepe. One of the rare Prospect Watch headlines you’ll see this year.

**The Indianapolis Indians won 13-2 tonight, getting 18 hits from their offense. Here is my live game report, with notes on Matt Hague, Starling Marte, and Bryan Morris.

**The Pitch F/X preview of the Atlanta Braves’ probable starters this weekend.

**Pirates Notebook: The bats of Alvarez and Tabata are taking steps forward.

**Josh Bell undergoes surgery.

About Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He is a credentialed media member with every team in the Pirates’ system, including the Pirates themselves. He’s a regular guest on Extra Innings on 104.7, and makes regular appearances on ESPN 970, 93.7 The Fan, and TribLIVE Radio in Pittsburgh, as well as ESPN 1430 in Altoona and ESPN 1450 in State College.
  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    I prefer the term that the Cubs really should use instead of a BillyGoat.  It’s the curse of bad management.

  • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

    This isn’t a curse. This is Costanza running the team. A quote from George Costanza from the Seinfeld episode “The Opposite”

    It all became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I’ve ever made in my entire life has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat… It’s often wrong.

    Starting (at least) with the draft in 1993 when Pittsburgh had three of the first 45 picks and six picks in the top 100 and turned that opportunity into – ta da! – Jermaine Allensworth, every thought that the (various) front office and coaching staff members have had with regard to amateur player talent and professional player development was ‘often wrong.’

  • Stargell_Stars

    My son and I have already done our part to remove the curse of lead footed Sid Bream beating noodle arm Barry Bonds’ throw and destroying our future. We burned a Sid Bream card then took it to the base of the Stargell statue at PNC and sprinkled the ashes around it. I failed to realize that it may possibly take a Bonds card burning and possibly  a Francisco Cabrera card burning to complete the curse removal! I live in FL so I may not be able to get to PNC so maybe someone else can embrace this task and git r done! 

  • CurseOfRandyMarsh

    I’ve always called it the Curse of Randy Marsh after the fill-in ump who wouldn’t issue a called strike among 33 pitches in the 9th inning at Atlanta in ’92. If the more qualified John Mcsherry doesn’t become ill early in the game, the Pirates were in the series vs. Toronto.
     Yes, I agree with the earlier comment that it’s really bad management, but the curse has stood in the way of us getting a owner who wants to win, a qualified team President and a GM who can evaluate talent.