The GM of team with 25 wins and which sits seven games out of first place praises the GM of team with 26 wins that sits six and a half games out of first place:
[Indians' GM Mark Shapiro] had read and heard of the public backlash in Pittsburgh regarding the trading of All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves for three prospects, and he made known in an interview with the Post-Gazette his strong backing of Neal Huntington, the Pirates' general manager, as well as his longtime friend and former front-office employee in Cleveland.
"As another general manager in a very similar market with similar challenges, I can say that the move was not only understandable but also wise," Shapiro said.
Feel better, Pirates fans?
OK, that's not fair of me. No matter where the Indians sit today, Shapiro has done a pretty good job of putting a nucleus of talent together, the best of which came in an All-Star for prospects deal akin to this one. Sure, it would be silly to expect the dudes Atlanta sent to Pittsburgh to turn into Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips, but they aren't chopped liver either. The move was the right one to make, even if Pirates fans don't think so at the moment.
Now, if Shapiro starts praising the moves Huntington makes with his bullpen . . .