It’s ironic that Pirates fans are staging a walkout the same night the team will hand out bobbleheads of former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Walk.
Pittsburgh fans are planning to simply get up and leave after the third inning of the team’s game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Leaders say it's an attempt to draw national attention to the team's lack of success. But will it compound the Pirates' woes?
“Surely it is not a good thing,” says Covers Expert Scott Rickenbach. “I feel that, even though this walkout could negatively impact the players, the fact is they are professionals and when they're on the field the fans don't affect them to a great extent.”
Protesters are stressing that the slight isn’t aimed at players, but at a management which continues to fail to produce a winning ballclub. At 33-45, the Pirates sit fourth in the NL Central and appear well on their way to their 15th-straight losing season.
“We’re hoping that, at some point, there’s a response from the Pirates that season ticket holders can grab on to and use to make an informed decision whether or not to renew their season tickets next year,” protest leader Andy Chamos told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If the Pirates make no commitment to improving the quality of play on the field, I don’t think season ticket holders or corporate sponsors should be required to make that commitment (to buy tickets).
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I've read reports that the Pirates are telling Fox Sports Network NOT to air or talk about the walk-out during the game on Saturday versus the Nationals.
Pirate fans have every right to do this, after 15 years of suckitude. But what effect will it have? O's fans did the same kind of thing last year, and what do they have to show for it?