Move over Sidney, there’s a new Crosby in town

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And his name is Bobby.

The Pirates are reportedly close to signing infielder Bobby Crosby to a one year deal on Thursday. The 29 year old shortstop is a former Oakland A with an aresenal of talent hiding within him and six years of big league experience.

As the winter meetings come to a close and the biggest blockbuster officially landing on Wednesday (the 3-way trade of the Yankees, D-Backs and Tigers), it is safe to say this free agent pick up by Pittsburgh will be overlooked, not only by the baseball world, but in the Pittsburgh area as well.

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Theres no question that this guy is not only the most famous Crosby in Western Pennsylvania, but also the most recognizable sports figure in the Steel City in a number of decades. With the Steelers at 6-6 and on the verge of one of their worst seasons in recent history, Pittsburgh is a Hockeytown. Rightfully so, the Penguins are Stanley Cup Champs and with marketable players with such as Mr. Sidney Crosby in town, the Pens not only are a dream on the ice, they really win the hearts of the tween girls of the area.

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In my honest opinion, females are the driving force behind the economics and welfare of professional sports teams. That may be a stretch, in fact it is, but girls enjoy a good team and it doesn’t hurt to have a few handsome players on that team. The Penguins have just that. It is amazing how many Steeler/Penguins shirts, hats, jerseys, jackets and other clothing items you see around the campus of West Virginia University. Any given day they sometimes out number the old gold and blue of the hometown Mountaineers. A majority of the people donning the black and gold of the professional teams of Pittsburgh are girls. It is because they are good and have these marketable players. I can count on one hand the number of Pirates paraphernalia I have seen in the past few years here in Morgantown. It is not many at all, mostly because of the irrelevant nature of my beloved Bucs and because the players are just not that marketable-yet.

The Pirates will be a better team. Maybe not in 2010 but by 2011 they should have a developing young core of guys that will make a push for the playoffs. Once the girls of the metropolitan area catch on, Pirates fever will begin to rank right up there with the recent surge of the Pens. Call me a wishful thinker but if the Pirates flirt with .500 this year and maybe, just maybe make a run at the playoffs Bobby Crosby will be reason for that overdue change of pace.

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He may not have had the greatest year in 2009. In fact he didn’t at all. Being paid over 5 million dollars to hit just above .230 and only knock out six home runs is never acceptable, even for a former Rookie of the Year. In 2004, Crosby earned that award when he hit 22 home runs and carried a .981 fielding percentage. SInce that year he has had a sharp decline in his numbers all around but maybe the six year vet just needs a change of scenery to get things back on track.

He will only be signed for one year at 1.5 million dollars. In no way will he be a starter, but a relaible option of the bench and an ideal utility infielder. Last year he made a majority of his starts at first base surprisingly but he is a natural shortstop. He adds to the expanding depth in the infield as he joins Delwyn Young, Neil Walker and Ramon Vazquez on the bench filling in for Andy LaRoche, Ronny Cedeno and Akinori Iwamura.
Personally I like this signing. It is low risk and worth the 1.5 million for a solid utility guy. For some reason I get a good vibe from he, though just a backup I feel he will give the team a different kind of spark and catch the attention of ladies if, and thats a big, IF, the Pirates catch fire in 2010.

8 Comments

First of all, you are SO right that women have become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to professional sports fans. We represent 50% of those attending baseball games these days – a big change from past years. Second, I like the Crosby deal. He impressed me when I watched him with Oakland.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Again, the Pirates front office makes me scratch my head. Crosby? Why? He’ll be hurt most of the time, probably. For one year? Why? What’s the point? I don’t get it at all.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

I HATE Sidney Crosby. He whines too much, which is not what a captain should do. And his ego is overinflated.
But Bobby Crosby plays well in video games, so I have no problem with him. It’d be great if he put a cramp in Sidney’s name-recognition thing.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

I think that the Pirates have the good young players to finally put a stop to the losing in a few years.
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For the money they paid, it is a good move I guess. What I remember of him is that he is always hurt. Now I know its difficult to hurt yourself sitting on the bench, but this kid is better then riding the pine.

~Mike
http://evilempire.mlblogs.com

Matt,
With the additon of Crosby, the Pirates are truly shoring up the middle of that defense for 2010.
With Akinora Iwamura and Corsby now in the fold, the defense got better by reputation even before Spring Training.
And as we both know, defense wins baseball games too.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Crosby is one of those deals that can go either way, but with all the chicks at the games these days who cares, when there’s enough eye candy to keep you smiling… I have the Pirates down to break .500 in 2010 it has to be their year since the Steelers seem to have lost all credibility after getting beat by the Browns on national tv….
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

If it wasn’t for my wife and her fascination with the Red Sox curse at the time, I might’ve remained a fan soured by the 1994 strike. Instead, Baseball has become a huge part of my life in ways I couldn’t have envisioned even a year ago. Interesting take about the babes there, Matt … and very true I suspect. Just look at the Dodger stands and look at Jonathan Broxton’s sideburns. Yeah, the chicks are watching.

~ Will

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