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Pirates lighting candles over McLouth trade

I liked last week's Nate McLouth trade better from the Braves' point of view and felt that the Pirates didn't get a particularly good package of prospects in return, so it's tough to blame his ex-teammates in Pittsburgh for being upset about McLouth's departure.

With that said, their collective reaction might be just a bit over the top. For instance, here's Adam LaRoche on the trade:

It's kind of like being with your platoon in a battle, and guys keep dropping around you. You keep hanging on, hanging on, and you've got to figure: How much longer till you sink?

And here's how Dejan Kovacevic the Pittsburgh Post Gazette described the clubhouse scene:

In one corner of the Pirates' clubhouse at PNC Park, the small, circular metal table between the stalls of relievers Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez had a candle lit atop it, adorned by the No. 13 of Nate McLouth and an accompanying photo of him in full uniform.

McLouth was well-liked by teammates and is certainly a solid player, but at the end of the day we're talking about lighting candles, laying out pictures, and comparing the trade to losing platoon-mates in battle because a non-contending team dealt a career .260/.339/.460 hitter for some prospects in the hopes of stockpiling enough talent to eventually have a winning season for the first time since 1992.

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