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Baseball players have too much time on their hands. Showing the best choreography this side of "Glee" on Wednesday nights, the Braves reacted to Nate McLouth's walk-off home run against the Phillies last night in memorable fashion. Instead of gathering at home plate, or even sticking around, they walked away, leaving McLouth jogging toward an empty dugout after he crossed home plate for the win.

Creative, but was it more creative than the Brewers serving as bowling pins (refresh your memory with the video from when Prince Fielder reached home plate after hitting a walk-off home run last season?

All we know is that if history is any indication, McLouth can expect a fastball in the back from the Phillies sometime next March. Or maybe tonight, if Roy Halladay is feeling frisky.


OK. All you Philly fans need to chillax. I guarantee you'd react the same way if your team won a game like that in an important series against what is probably your most hated rival in the division. It was a good game and we're excited. Cut us some slack!!!

-- hollisterhawtie06

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We've spent considerably more time over the last couple of months talking about the Pirates than their basement-dwelling peers like the Royals and Orioles, but they just make it so easy. After all, an inability to field a competitive team is one thing -- Elgin Baylor made a nice living out of it -- but trading away a potential contender over the course of two seasons? That takes a certain something special. Surely, Pirates GM Neal Huntington deserves to be ranked ahead of Royals GM Dayton Moore for chutzpah alone.

The latest to leave the fold were shortstop Jack Wilson, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and pitcher Ian Snell. And look, this whole rebuilding thing might work, even if SportsNation isn't buying it. The haul for Sanchez was Tim Alderson, the Giants' No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, and the guys at USS Mariner, who are right more often than they're wrong about these things, weren't thrilled about how much Seattle gave away for a good defensive shortstop in Wilson and an enigmatic pitcher in Snell.

But even if Alderson, Jeff Clement, Lastings Milledge and Andrew McCutchen are the second coming of the "We Are Family" Pirates, the franchise has a serious credibility problem. Just ask SportsNation blogger Fairsoldier50, who says it's time for Huntington to buy a cabin in the woods.


Any Pirates fan that doesn't like either of these trades is not really a Pirates fan.

-- redguy12588

I GIVE UP!!!!!! How can I watch and cheer for a team that wants to suck. I just gave all my stuff to a bum because thats how i feel about the Pirates. Pirates ownership sucks soooo bad, pay me half the money those guys make and I can do just as good as them and maybe better. oh, I just threw up in my mouth. I am so glad that football is starting soon so i can watch a team that wants to win in Pittsburgh, THE STEELERS!!!!

-- BrianLarry

The Pirates ownership continues to bilk the fans buy putting out a terrible product in a nice package (PNC Park). They wouldn't even spend to a salary cap, if there was one because they don't care enough. How long can you continue to rebuild a team for? The last time they were any good, Barry Bonds was a skinny young man. They have gone beyond rebuilding. It's a constant cycle. Pathetic..

-- bus3668

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When do you give up on a franchise? It's a simple question, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has an easy answer for baseball fans in Pittsburgh these days.

The city has championship teams in the NFL and NHL, and while there's some rebuilding to do without DeJuan Blair, the University of Pittsburgh basketball program gives hoops fans something to look forward to in the winter. What the Steel City doesn't have is a competitive baseball franchise. And while the folks running the show say they're trying to change that, should Pirates fans -- or the remaining players -- believe it after Tuesday's pair of trades makes it four starting outfielders dealt since the beginning of last season?


I understand the reasononing behind the trades. Their farm system is unproductive and they are on pace for another losing season. However with only six games behind the nl leading brew crew I dont think its time for a fire sale. Getting rid of the talent is only going delay them another season of making the playoffs. All I gotta say is they better be active in free agency next year because we have the pitching now we need the power.

-- steelsityswammi

Pittsburgh fans should boycott this organization and do not buy any tickets for the remainder of the year.

-- iceman4342

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There will be time to talk some more about Sammy Sosa. And there will be time to talk about NFL players making the wrong kind of offseason news.

Maybe we'll even talk about USC showing new Los Angeles resident Conan O'Brien how comedy is done in California, by reportedly looking for a new men's basketball coach with professional experience (it worked out so well with the last guy).

But on what's frankly a dreary morning to be a sports fan, how about we start with something a little more fun? Who flashed the best leather in interleague play?

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We've all been there. You meet up with an old friend, tell some war stories from back in the day and have a laugh. Then the hours drag on and you start to realize why you haven't talked for so long.

Nate McLouth might have felt that way about the Pirates by about the 14th inning of Monday's marathon game between his new team, the Braves, and his old team. The Braves finally won 7-6 in 15 innings, and both McLouth and the man who replaced him, uber-prospect Andrew McCutchen played big roles. Who would you rather build around?

While you ponder the not-so-eternal McLouth-McCuthen debate, here's a rundown of a busy day of baseball chats to celebrate draft day.

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