Closing Time

closed.jpgClosed for renovations are the Pittsburgh Pirates. The dismal season is officially in the books after a 6-0 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Pittsburgh finishes the season at 62-99. One loss away from the 100 plateau. If there is one thing to take from this season it is that there is alot of work to be done-but will it be completed-probably not.

The team you’re looking at now will be in place for years to come. There are pros and cons to this.

Pro: They’re young and have so much room for improvement.

Con: nearly 100 losses and no signs of improvement

Kind of contradictory but hey its the truth.

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I will say of all the Buccos on the team Lastings Milledge ascaught my eye the most. He has turned things around from his past few controversial seasons. He’s drawn a lot of criticism in Pittsburgh because he had to replace teh vibrant, happy go lucky Nyjer Morgan. He was off to a slow start but finially pickign it up in terms of defense and power. I like what I see and Milledge has turned into my favorite Pirate. Is a jersey purchase in the offseason sound good? I think it does.

It is very depressing now. My favorite sport and favorite team is done. What ever do i do?

Well West Virginia football is right in the thick of things.

At 3-1 the Mountaineers have been exciting to watch and look good and will compete in the Big East.

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Anybody have ESPN on last Thursday night? If you did you might have seen my buddies and I, front row at the WVU-Colorado game. West Virginia came away with a 35-24 win. We looked good but still have to get better if we want to make a BCS Bowl. WVU fumbled four times and has 14 turnovers in the last three games. That stat alone holds us back from national championship contention.

West Virginia heads to Syracuse this weekend.

My WVU women’s soccer team is coming off a 2-0 blanking of Depaul on Sunday. The girls
Blank-Header-100409.jpg are 5-4-4 but are still one of the most competitive teams in the Big East. The game Friday against Notre Dame was a heartbreaker. WVU lost 3-2 in overtime. The game was broadcast on ESPNU nationwide. That is greta publicity for this women’s soccer program and WVU as a whole.

One of my articles was published in the paper today and you can read it here…

http://www.thedaonline.com/sports/corroto-making-an-impact-in-starts-1.627147#

Now onto what October really means,

BASEBALL

Without ever seeing the Pirates in the playoffs I have to get excited over every other team in contention.

I’m so pumped for Tuesday.

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This is a great graphic shown on the mblogs.com homepage. What a way to close out the Metrodome in Minnesota. The stretch run the Twins have had is amazing. They’re a great time and play as a collective unit. They’re my pick to win the Tiebreaker and enter the playoffs. The Tigers are one of my favorite teams always and I love the fire they bring as well. My buddy Andrew, the Yankee fan is dying for the Tigers to win. He wants the chance to see a Yankee playoff game and the best chance he has is to drive up to Detroit for that match up. Detroit is a mere 8 hour drive from his hometown, Youngstown, OH.

It amazes me that it all comes down to a tiebreaker anyway. Theres 162 games to decide the season and everyone really is meaningful. Number 163 will be the turning point for both these teams and every eye in the baseball world will be on them.

PHOTO CREDIT:

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8 Comments

Tuesday is going to be awesome bonus baseball! Hey, don’t overlook Garret Jones. He is a stud and I think, despite the last two losses, the Pirates showed a heckuva lot of spunk in the last 10 games or so.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Great article that was published in your college paper. Good luck to the Pirates next season. I hope the team finds some stability.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I can’t believe it all comes down to one game tomorrow. It’s gonna be a great game too…
I’m hoping the Twins can do it. I guess I’m just a sucker for the underdog.
Good luck in the offseason for the Pirates!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

It was a great game last night, I hope they all don’t go into extra innings…but the Twins did it and I think they deserved it…
good luck to the WVU womens soccer team…
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

It’s ok, the M’s had 101 losses last season and look at them this year! Things can change and are bound to for the Pirates, I’m not worried! :] Ugh, I’m sad the Tigers lost. Best of luck to WVU athletics! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

Hi Matt.
You have your football team to cheer for! I love college football. I will send you one of my playoff tickets. I will see how far the Dodgers can go and then I will send you the best. I gave my friend my season seat when they clinched the NLDS West and she wanted to keep it or it would have been yours. I think the Dodgers would be a good team for you to root for because they have gotten no respect from day one. Even now, does everyone realize that they have the best record in the NL? And they can only talk about Manny. Our whole team have taken turns being heroes The season has been a team effort.
Have fun with school and please keep posting. I enjoy reading your blog.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Matt it was a great season in all.

The Pirates are looking good each year, and one of these times, they will break out a huge season!! : )

Great post by the way, I agree with Cat, we want MATT!!!

Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Better luck in 2012 for the Bucs maybe? At least Pirates got decent return for their stars, with the exception of the Jack Wilson trade. Like you said room for improvement, but I don’t think I could wait 3 years for a winning season. A true fan sticks by a losing team, can’t say enough about Pirate, Royal, and National fans.

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