I have no doubt that things didn’t turn out quite how most of you wanted to see the deadline play out yesterday. I have little doubt Ben Cherington agrees with you.
Feels so much longer doesn’t it. That’s how long it will have been since the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates have played any semblance of competitive baseball when they take the field on Friday against the Cleveland Indians for the final tune-up series before the 60-game sprint starts.
Way back when, somewhere around March in 2019, long before we ever heard about COVID-19 or the extreme effects it would have on every facet of our daily lives, The Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Rotation was supposed to be the strength of the club.
We’ve written since last season that 2020 was not going to be a banner year for the Pirates, but that doesn’t make it unimportant.
Both of these players will be back. Period. Now, why do I say that with such authority? Because the Pirates simply can not afford to let either of these gentlemen walk for nothing.
As I said at the beginning, every team in baseball will face questions just like these, but the Pirates can afford less mistakes than many teams and how they answer these questions and prepare for uncertainty will be key moving forward.
Right this second, the height of boredom and profound need for something to distract from the unknown, most would jump at the chance to watch baseball again, with or without fans.
If this is what the future of the National league looks like, I’m here for it.