The Pittsburgh Pirates made a candid and surprising admission: Not only are they perennially in last place in the NL Central, they’ve dropped into last in their own city.
The Pirates rank third among the Steel City’s three major sports franchises from a marketing and business perspective, team president Frank Coonelly said.
There’s no shame in being less popular than the beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, who are seeking an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday. But for a major league baseball team to acknowledge it has slipped behind an NHL team in its marketplace is nearly unprecedented, except perhaps in Canada.
Obviously change the “are seeking” to “won.”
I don’t know that this is as shameful as the tone of the article suggests. I mean really, I like to make fun of hockey as much as the next guy, but it is a major sport, the Penguins are good, and Sidney Crosby is a megastar. Sure, maybe they still wouldn’t be eclipsing baseball if the Pirates have had even a semblance of a clue for the past decade+ — the Penguins had Lemieux and a couple of Stanley Cups in the early 90s, and I don’t think they were more popular than the Bonds-Bonilla Pirates — but it’s not a mortal insult to be less popular than a hot team with the game’s hottest star on it.