Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 7, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 7, 2019 (Pt. 2)


THE KDKA SPORTS DESK IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY XFINITY. WELCOME BACK TO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. I’M SITTING NEXT TO GENE COLLIER FOR TONIGHT SHOW. FIRST WE’RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THE BIG NEWS GOING ON TODAY. JOE HADEN . YOU CAN ALL TAKE A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF RIGHT NOW. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. BECAUSE, HE IS FINE. HE WAS CARTED OFF EARLY IN PRACTICE AFTER A PLAYER STEPPED ON HIS FOOT. TAKEN UP TO THE TRAINERS. I WAS TOLD IT WAS A MINOR INJURY. NOTHING SERIOUS. HE WILL BE OKAY. THE STEELERS OFFICIALLY SAID THAT HE IS BEING EVALUATED FOR AN INJURY, AND THEY WILL UP DATED AFTER THE FIRST PRESEASON GAME ON FRIDAY. SO, WE WILL HEAR SOMETHING DEFINITIVE AFTER FRIDAY’S PRESEASON GAME. THE ONE THAT YOU CAN WATCH ON KDKA NEWS. THE OTHER BIG INFORMATION TODAY IS JOSH DOBBS WILL GET TO START AT QUARTERBACK FOR THE STEELERS. BEN ROETHLISBERGER IS NOT GOING TO PLAY. I IMAGINE HE’S NOT GOING TO PLAY THE NEXT BE THERE. BUT DOBBS GET TO START OVER MASON RUDOLPH. THAT’S ONE OF THE FEW BATTLES GOING ON DURING CAMP RIGHT NOW. DOBBS VERSUS RUDOLPH FOR THE BACKUP JOB. DOBBS APPEARS TO HAVE THE LEG UP RIGHT NOW, GENE. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE ONLY, WHAT? 14 DAYS IN TO CAMP RIGHT NOW. THAT CAN CHANGE. EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE. BUT THE ONE THING THAT DOBBS DOES HAVE OVER MASON RUDOLPH, IS HE HAS THAT EXPERIENCE FROM LAST YEAR. PREPARING AS THE BACKUP. EVEN PLAYING IN A COUPLE OF GAMES. I THINK THAT POTENTIALLY COULD HELP A GUY GOING INTO THIS YEAR. WE WILL SEE WHAT MASON RUDOLPH CAN DO, BECAUSE I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO HIM YESTERDAY AND HE FEELS LIKE HE IS LEAPS AND BOUNDS FROM WHERE HE WAS LAST YEAR AT THIS POINT. THAT THINGS ARE COMING EASIER TO HIM. SO, MAYBE WE WILL SEE HIM TAKING THAT NEXT STEP IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS PRESEASON GAME ON FRIDAY AGAINST THE BUCCANEERS. HE SAID HE IS A LOT MORE RELAXED, AND HE PULLED OUT THAT PICTURE OF THE GAME HAS SLOWED DOWN FOR ME. NOT FUNNY HOW NO ONE HAS EVER SAID THE GAME IS SPED UP FOR ME. I UNDERSTAND IT LESS AND HE DID LAST YEAR. THE PIRATES ARE LOSERS TONIGHT. 8-3. AND, IT JUST, IF THEY DON’T GET BLOWN OUT, THEY BLOW GAMES LIKE LAST NIGHT IN THE NINTH-INNING, WHERE THEY POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE TIED THE GAME IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH. BUT ELLIE IS DIAZ, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES FUNDAMENTALS, THEY DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE GAME OF THERE. THE FUNDAMENTAL PART OF THE GAME. THE PIRATES THAT I’M TALKING ABOUT AND ELLIE IS DIAZ WAS STANDING IN THE BASELINE. HE WAS CALLED FOR INTERFERENCE. THE BREWERS GET ANOTHER RUN. BUT, THEY DO GET, THE BOOK IS TO GET A RUN LAST NIGHT. WOULD HAVE TIED THE GAME IF IT WASN’T FOR THAT PLAY. THINGS LIKE THAT JUST HAPPENED TO THE PIRATES. THEY FIND WAYS TO LOSE GAMES, OR THEY GET BLOWN OUT. THIS ISN’T EVEN, THIS DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE TEAM THAT WE SAW EARLIER IN THE YEAR. WHETHER YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE TEAM AT THE BEGINNING OF APRIL, OR THE TEAM THAT EVEN LOST SOME GAMES, AT LEAST THEY WERE PLAYING CLOSE GAMES AT TIMES. THAN THE TEAM THAT WENT ON A HOT STREAK YOU FOR THAT ALL- STAR GAME, I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO PUT IT INTO WORDS, GENE. BECAUSE, THAT TEAM WAS PLAYING DECENT UP UNTIL THE ALL-STAR BREAK. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU SEE THE STEAM. WELL, YEAH. IT’S RARE THAT YOU SEE, YOU SEE TEAMS STRUGGLE OUT OF THE BREAK SOMETIMES. BUT I THINK THEY WERE SAYING ON THE BROADCAST TONIGHT THAT A PIRATE TEAM IS NOT COME OUT OF THE BREAK LIKE THIS SINCE 1985. I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE TEAM THAT LOST 107 GAMES. THIS TEAM WILL BE HARD-PRESSED TO DO THAT. BUT THE WAY THEY ARE PLAYING NOW, THEY LOOK CAPABLE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, RICH. THEY KEEP MAKING TERRIBLE, ELEMENTARY MISTAKES. ELLIE IS DIAZ, YOU CAN’T STAND IN THE BASELINE WITHOUT THE BASEBALL. BUT, YOU CAN IF YOU’RE A PIRATE, I GUESS. YEAH. YOU CAN IF YOU’RE A PIRATE. THAT SHOULD BE ON A T-SHIRT SUMMER. LET’S GO OUT TO EAT IN SQUIRREL HILL. OUR MY TWO BOYS DOING TONIGHT? THANKS FOR CALLING, BUT HE. THEY ARE LOOKING GOOD AGAIN MY MAN. I’M GETTING A HAIRCUT TOMORROW. SHOULD LOOK BETTER THAN. HEY, LET ME ASK A QUESTION, OKAY? I CALLED LAST NIGHT AND ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION, WHICH I HAVE BEEN ASKING MANY, MANY TIMES OVER, RICH. OKAY? A FRIEND OF MINE WORKED FOR THE PIRATES ORGANIZATION FOR 40 YEARS. AND HE TOLD ME THIS FIRSTHAND. WHY ISN’T ANYONE IN THIS TOWN IN THE MEDIA, LOOK IN NEIL HUNTINGTON’S EYE AND ASK THEM WHY HE CHOSE THE PET TO PASS ON MIKE TROUT IN THE DRAFT. MY BUDDIES FATHER TOLD ME, THEY CHOSE TO PASS ON HIM. THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT ANDREW McCUTCHEN’S EGO. I ASKED BOB BOB POMPEANI. YOU KNOW IT — WAS? I DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT MEANS. I WASN’T SPEAKING IN SYRIAN OR ARAMAIC. I WASN’T SPEAKING SWAHILI. I WAS ENGLISH SPEAKING ENGLISH. SIMPLE QUESTION. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. WHAT DO YOU THINK? PETE, I APPRECIATE YOU CALLING. I HAVE NEVER EVEN ASKED THAT QUESTION. NEIL HUNTINGTON NEVER REALLY THOUGHT TO. 20 SOME TEAMS PASSED ON MIKE TROUT FOR SOME REASON. OBVIOUSLY, THOSE WERE ALL HUGE MISTAKES RIGHT NOW. IF YOU PASS ON MY TRUCK. THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. I THOUGHT 2016 PASSED ON MIKE TROUT. I DON’T KNOW WHEN HE WAS DRAFTED. BUT A TON OF TEAMS PASSED ON HIM. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS QUESTION. YOU COULD ASK A QUESTION ABOUT A LOT OF GUYS THAT NEIL HUNTINGTON PASSED ON. AND MAYBE EVEN, THIS PIRATES TEAM, I DON’T KNOW. SOMEONE HAS GOT TO PAY FOR WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW WHO LOSES THEIR JOB IF IT IS SCOUTS, IF IT IS RACY RIDGE, BUT YOU HAVE GOT TO MAKE A CHANGE SOMEWHERE. BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THEY ARE NOT GETTING IT DONE. THEY HAVE GOT TO BE THE WORST PROFESSIONAL FRANCHISE, PERIOD. IN THE WORLD? IN ALL SPORTS? MAYBE NOT, I’M SAYING IN ALL UNITED STATES. YOU KNOW. WELL, THEY ARE THE WORST SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK. I AM SAYING WAS RUN. LEAVE AT THREE WINNING YEARS AND HOW MANY YEARS. THEY HAVEN’T WON A PLAYOFF SERIES SINCE 40 YEARS AGO. NAME ANOTHER TEAM IN ANY OTHER SPORT THAT HAS HAD THE, THAT HAS BEEN THIS BAD. EVEN BAD, THEY HAVE HAD FOUR WINNING SEASONS IN THE LAST NUM FIVE. RIGHT? THE LAST 6. BUT, YEAH. THE WAY THEY ARE GOING NOW, YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHEN YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TO BE LET GO. WHETHER OR NOT — CAN DO THAT OR WANTS TO DO THAT OR IS INTERESTED ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT AS TIME TO DO THAT, THAT IS NOT THE MATTER. I ADDRESS THIS IN MY HOLY ANTICIPATED SUNDAY CALL. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. I AM SAYING THAT, BUCCAL FEVER. I HAVE HAD IT ALL YEAR. BUT I HEADED UP UNTIL JUNE 4. YOU WRITE. BUT IT’S AN ACTUAL SICK IS NOW. IF YOU HAVE BUCCAL FEVER. WERE GOING OUT TO JIM OUT IN CRANBERRY. WHAT’S UP, JIM? HOW ARE YOU GUD. THANKS FOR CALLING. HEY, JUST GO BACK TO YOUR PREVIOUS POINT. THE PIRATES MOST EMBARRASSING TEAM YOU’VE EVER WATCHED IN YOUR LIFE OR WHAT? I MEAN, IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY YEAR SINCE THEY MADE THEIR RUN, IN THE THREE YEARS MADE THE WILDCARD, THEY BLOW UP. EVEN THE YEAR BEFORE THAT, THEY BLOW UP. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S JUST SO FRUSTRATING. THEY HAVE WHAT? $50 MILLION PAYROLL? AFTER THEY CUT EVERYBODY. THEY GOT RID OF A FEW GUYS OR WHATEVER. SIX, $60 MILLION PAYROLL. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO TO BLAME. THIS IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING TEAM. I HEARD NEIL HUNTINGTON A FEW YEARS AGO ON THE SAND, SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THE LONGER. THEY WERE UPSET WITH HIM ABOUT, BECAUSE HE HUSTLED OUT A PLAY AND HE HEARD HURT HIS HAMSTRING OR SOMETHING. THIS IS THE DUMBEST FRANCHISE, IT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IT IS THE STUPIDEST FRANCHISE. SOMEONE HAS GOT TO GO. AND I AM NOT BLAMING IT ALL ON HURDLE. I THINK IT’S MORE THE GENERAL MANAGER. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THE OWNER IS THE BIG PROBLEM. HE ISN’T GOING TO DO ANYTHING. HE ISN’T GOING TO PAY TO MANAGERS. THE SAME YEAR. IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT. YOU KNOW WHAT? I COMPLAIN, BUT I WILL WATCH THEM AGAIN NEXT YEAR. I THINK THAT’S THE WAY EVERYTHING FEELS. EVERYONE IS COMPLAINING RIGHT NOW. AND THEY WILL STILL GET PEOPLE AT THE BALLPARK. I AM ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT THE REST OF THE HOME GAMES LOOK LIKE, GENE. WHO SHOWS UP. YOU KNOW, AND I POINT THE FINGER AT HUNTINGTON. HE DESERVES 90% OF THE BLAME. YOU CAN BLAME HUNTINGTON TO A POINT TO MAYBE NOT DRAFTING THE RIGHT GUYS. YOU KNOW. MISSTEPS WITH SCOUTING. NOT DEVELOPING GUYS. BUT, YOU HAVE TO BLAME NOTHING BECAUSE HE HASN’T REALLY GIVEN THESE GUYS THE RESOURCES TO WIN. AND THAT’S MY OPINION. YOU KNOW, I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF NUTTING CARES. HE PRETENDS HE CARES BUT HE DOESN’T LIVE IN PITTSBURGH. HE IS NEVER AROUND. I JUST, I DON’T KNOW IF HE REALLY CARES TO WIN. YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR WAS A WINNING SEASON, GENE. BUT IT DIDN’T FEEL THAT WAY. THAT’S RIGHT. YOU KNOW, ALL OF THESE FACTS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED ON THE SHOW FOR MANY YEARS. PIRATE PAYROLL IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MAKE THEM CONSISTENTLY COMPETITIVE, AND IT’S NEVER GOING TO CHANGE. AND THERE IS NO REASON WHY FANS WOULDN’T BE FRUSTRATED OR SHOULDN’T BE FRUSTRATED. BUT THAT’S WHERE THE PIRATES ARE. HERE’S THE THING, GENE. THEY ARE SO INTO ANALYTICS AND NUMBERS AND STATS. LOOK AT THE LAST 20 YEARS. LOOK AT THE STATS THERE. DOESN’T PAYROLL TELL YOU SOMETHING? YEAH. OTHER TEAMS HAVE STATS, TOO. ANALYTICS. BIORHYTHMS, EVERYTHING THEY

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