Former Pirates and current Nats pitcher Sean Burnett on the state of the Pirates:
"They're the laughingstock of baseball right now. They've gotten rid of everybody. They won't keep anybody around. Some of the guys here, they don't understand it, but Nyjer and I knew this was coming. What I keep telling the guys here is that the hardest part is that Pittsburgh, as a sports town, is unbelievable. With what the Steelers and Penguins have done, they're dying for a winner in baseball, too. They're dying to cheer the Pirates on. And now, they don't have anybody they even know. Guys like Jack and Freddy, the faces of the franchise, players they're supposed to be locking up, they're all gone. What's going to bring people to the ballpark now?"
Keep in mind, this is a guy who plays for the Nationals calling the Bucs a laughingstock. I'm guessing self-perception and awareness of environment are not Burnett's strong suits.