Tim Benz: Red Sox broadcast team humiliates Pirates – and hopefully everyone in Pittsburgh applauds what they said – TribLIVE


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Let’s have a beer or two at Sharky’s, watch the Pirates lose again and call it a night. Rinse. Wash. Repeat in the morning.

That’s when everyone I was with on Tuesday night looked down at their phones. The alerts buzzed.

“Tending: Red Sox announcers rip Pirates!”

Oh? Say!

As the Pirates lost 5-3 to the Red Sox at PNC Park on Tuesday night, NESN broadcasters Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley tore into the Pirates lineup, their roster construction and their general state of existence.

“You’re talking about a nameless lineup. There is no such team,” Eckersley said. “I would love to see some of the service time when you add it all up. It’s not much. We just came from Kansas City, seeing all those young kids. This is different though. Doesn’t it seem different? … This is a mixture of nothing.”

I mean, has there ever been a more honest, more direct, more specific stripping of a professional sports franchise than that?

“Mischief of nothing” should be emblazoned on the jumbotron every night when the Pirates introduce their starting lineup.

I will rename my fantasy football team “Hodgepodge of Nothingness” in honor of Dennis Eckersley.

But wait! There is more.

“It’s ridiculous. It really is. Pathetic,” Eckersley continued.

Hello, Dennis. My name is Tim. Do you happen to have the other half of this amulet?

Remember, these guys are doing play-by-play for another MLB team that is in last place in their division, just like the Pirates. Also remember that their team spends money trying to win ($207 million), but they just failed miserably at trying.

There is a difference. big The Pirates payroll is $68.5 million, 28th in baseball.

In addition, Eckersley is an MLB Hall of Famer. O’Brien is one of the best play-by-play announcers in the business.

By the way, these guys know Pirates general manager Ben Cherington. They were on the call of the 2013 team that Cherington put together to win the World Series in Boston. But that doesn’t stop their opinion of what’s going on here.

In a weird way, it’s good that someone else from another market is saying it, so we don’t feel like we’re the only ones shouting into the void.

Am I wrong? Do they? I think you know the answer to both questions is “no”!

Welcome to “Pirates Baseball 2022 — a mix of nothing” on the North Shore.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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