July 19, 2005

Mavs owner Mark Cuban to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates?: Local writer John Perrotto, citing Cuban as a "lifelong Pirates fan" says: "To have a risk taker own the Pirates would be a refreshing change of pace from people who run their business like most newspaper people do, cut everything to the barebones and try to bleed as much profit as possible. Just as important, Cuban would bring some personality to a franchise in desperate need of some revitalization." However, he adds "Alas, Cuban buying the Pirates is likely nothing more than a fantasy. While McClatchy has said he might consider stepping down as CEO after next year's All-Star Game at PNC Park, the Nuttings provide the money behind the operation and are said to be in it for the long haul, particularly as long as the Pirates are profitable. Thus, the chances of seeing Cuban sitting in McClatchy's seat are slim, even if it is great fun to speculate on what might be."

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 06:23 PM - 16 comments

Yeah thats what we need, Cuban to spit in the face of our national past time. I can see it now Cuban upset at the ump wandering on to the field giving those white trash Pittsburgh fans the idea that its ok to do that. I dont think it would be just a bad idea for Pitt, but a bad idea for baseball.

posted by BubbaG at 06:47 PM on July 19, 2005

the Nuttings provide the money behind the operation and are said to be in it for the long haul, particularly as long as the Pirates are profitable. Wouldn't be nice if they were interested in being in it for the long haul, particluarly as long as the Pirates are competitive? Bubba...while I won't condone Cuban's antics...can you honestly say that he was bad for the NBA and the Mavericks??? I don't think so...I think he would do everything he could to make his team competitive...which is more than most owners can say.

posted by stofer71 at 07:01 PM on July 19, 2005

Thanks for your expertise. Enlighten us more O great one.

posted by volfire at 07:03 PM on July 19, 2005

Mark Cuban might just be what the Pittsburgh Pirates and the hard working people [fans] of Pittsburgh need.

posted by tommygator at 07:15 PM on July 19, 2005

The last interesting thing to memory about the Pirates is when Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla were one of the most feared duos of that generation (debatably moreso than McGwire/Canseco). And that was what...15 years ago? The Pirates definitely some revitalizing.

posted by charlatan at 08:24 PM on July 19, 2005

with some reservation about a comment, as I guess volfire is the only one with anything intelligent to say... I think Cuban is great.. Look what Ted Turner did with the same type attitude..Gee volfire is that to dumb for public consumption??????

posted by maclmn at 08:37 PM on July 19, 2005

debatably moreso than McGwire/Canseco Maybe in a bar on the Three Rivers.

posted by yerfatma at 08:38 PM on July 19, 2005

At least he would be willing to spend some money, and swing for some crazy deals. It's not like Mark Cuban's moves will cause the Pirates to freefall to the bottom of the division; they're already there.

posted by Bonkers at 09:53 PM on July 19, 2005

I live in Pittsburgh and would love to see some enthusiasm thrown into the Pirates. The Steelers get all the attention here. The Penguins use to when they had a winning team. The Pirates will never get out of being a middle of the pack franchise if they don't spend some money. Any time they have a few good players, they get traded away because they want more money and management won't spend it. I think Mark Cuban is exactly what this team and city needs. Spend some money and give the city something to look forward to besides football season. White trash Pittsburgh fans? This coming from a guy named Bubba? I lived in Georgia for 30 years. I've seen redneck, white trash people. Some named Bubba. Pittsburgh is far from Georgia.

posted by dbt302 at 12:51 AM on July 20, 2005

From what I have heard and read, the Stadium the Pirates play in is one of the better ones of the new stadiums. It would be nice to see a quality team that would match the stadium.

posted by daddisamm at 06:04 AM on July 20, 2005

BubbaG is just a misogynistic troll. Just look at the posting history (Including using the phrase "Dumb bitch", and refering to the rest of the community as "bitches"). Don't take the bait, please.

posted by scully at 08:12 AM on July 20, 2005

Mark Cuban has no buisness owning a baseball team

posted by navy9112000 at 09:28 AM on July 20, 2005

And Mike Ilitch does? I think anyone should be able to own a professional franchise, as long as they can afford it (*cough*Glazier*cough*) and they aren't creating a collusion situation. Especially if the owner is willing to make the franchise competitive.

posted by mbd1 at 09:47 AM on July 20, 2005

Mark Cuban has no buisness owning a baseball team Please, explain why.

posted by dfleming at 09:57 AM on July 20, 2005

Like the Pirates could get any worse... He'd at least get them new Uni's. You could watch a team that looked good while it sucked.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 03:15 PM on July 21, 2005

Hey, we need Mark. He can bring excitement and money to our team. We have set up a web site: http://www.buyusmark.com Buy a shirt, wear it to a game.

posted by buyusmark at 09:50 AM on July 22, 2005

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