One of my favorite bands has to be Creedence Clearwater Revival and as such I like a ton of their songs that that you wouldn’t consider the hits. None more than “Someday Never Comes”.
I really suggest looking it up if you’re not familiar but here are some of the lyrics that really strike me.
“First thing I remember
Was asking Papa, “Why?”
For there were many things I didn’t know
And Daddy always smiled
Took me by the hand
Saying, “Someday you’ll understand”
Well, I’m here to tell you now each and every mother’s son
You better learn it fast, you better learn it young
‘Cause someday never comes”
Sure, I know the song isn’t about a baseball team, but as John Fogerty wrote quite possibly the most iconic baseball song ever created past “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” part of me feels he’d love to see it become part of a piece about the beautiful game.
I think back to my childhood, asking my Dad why the Pirates couldn’t keep John Smiley. In one way or another after trying about four or five different ways to get me to see the reasons he very much so rested on someday, I’d understand.
Well, as usual he was right, I did come to understand, but man I never accepted it as something I was ok with.
Many of you read what we write about the prospects on the way, the prospects coming in. The stars being traded, the free agents we’d kill for them to look at and assume we’re just turning a blind eye to what’s wrong with the Pirates, or baseball for that matter. Well I’m here to tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.
It hurts us just as much as you, but I love baseball, and my Pirates. Warts and all.
I choose to not focus all my energy on the cap or ownership changes, because the reality is this is the system we’re working with and this is the owner we have. Maybe both of those things add up to a mountain that won’t ever be climbed but it won’t ever stop me from hoping, pulling, advising, evaluating or rooting for my team. Oh I’ll write about both from time to time, but if I put together a piece on the potential of a player, I’m not going to always talk about Nutting not wanting to pay them or whether the team will be built around them. Sure those things are there, but doesn’t it get exhausting? Don’t you get tired of hearing it? Don’t some of you get tired of commenting it like you have some never ending spring of evergreen Nutting is cheap jokes flowing from your keyboard?
We live in a time when anyone can jump on a computer and write whatever comes into their head, and every single person will find someone their thoughts resonate with. If that were my goal entirely, maybe I’d just write 6 Nutting hate pieces a week and call it a day, but what I want more than anything is to chronicle the journey from top to bottom and one day have it all add up to what many of us have been dreaming of for decades.
I want to be fair. Sometimes that will touch on certain realities, and other times that will mean keeping my eye on the story at hand.
What the Pirates are attempting to do, can be done. It can’t be done without near perfect execution. It can’t be done without some pain, well, more pain along the way. It probably can’t be done without ownership keeping their word. But no, there will never be a time when I stop talking about all the angles on the way there.
There won’t be a lesson I learn along the way that makes me believe the club isn’t worth covering and most importantly, you, the readers will ultimately dictate that. If you want to read, we’ll continue to be here, if you don’t, nature will take it’s course. As we close out our first full year of Pirates coverage here on Inside the Bucs Basement, you’ve certainly leaned heavily toward us sticking around.
Maybe someday will never come, but life and the game keep going, with plenty to talk about every step of the way.
Happy New Year Pirates Nation!