Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 23, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 23, 2019 (Pt. 2)


PRACTICE ON FRIDAY. FRIDAY WOULD BE THE TELLTALE SIGN IF HE COULD PLAY. MAYBE SATURDAY AS WELL BECAUSE IT IS A MONDAY NIGHT GAME. TEXT TODAY DOES HELP FOR HIM. IT IS A GUY WHO HAS TO PLAY. HE IS A PLAYMAKER. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE STEELERS ARE THIN WITH OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS. THEY DID SIGN JAY ELLIOTT. HE IS PLAYING IN 42 GAMES BUT IS NOWHERE CLOSE TO BEING TJ WHAT. THEY ARE PLAYING MIAMI AND THIS IS THE GAME THE STEELERS SHOULD WIN BUT WHO KNOWS WITH STEELERS SOMETIME. I THINK THEY WILL WIN A GAME. 14 POINTS IS A LOT. I THINK IT IS 14 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. 14 1/2. THAT IS A LOT OF POINTS BUT I DO LIKE THE STEELERS TO WIN. THEY SHOULD WIN.>BACK TO THE PIRATES. AND FRANK COONELLY OUT AS THE PRESIDENT AND IN WOULD BE TRAVIS WILLIAMS. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS IS THIS A NO WIN JOB? IT FELT LIKE A NO WIN JOB FOR FRANK COONELLY . OTHER THAN MAKING A TON OF MONEY, EVERYBODY SEEMS TO DISLIKE HIM. I JUST INC. IT DEPENDS. THIS BOB CONTINUE OPERATING THE WAY SHE DOES? BUT WHAT CAN YOU SAY? SELL ME ON BEING A PIRATES FAN AGAIN. TELL ME WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHETHER BOB IS GOING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. I WILL SAY THIS. THE OTHER PART IS IF YOU BRING IN A NEW GUY AND HE BRINGS IN A NEW TEAM AND THEY DRAFT BETTER AND DEVELOP LAYERS BETTER AND BRING IN GUYS THAT CONNECT, YOU CAN BECOME THE TAMPA BAY RAYS WHO HAVE ONE OF THE LOWEST PAYROLLS IN BASEBALL EVERY SINGLE YEAR BUT THEY WIN. BUT IT IS ONE TEAM AND IT HAPPENS EVER SO OFTEN. AND THE A’s. BOTH OF THOSE TEAMS DRAFT WELL AND DEVELOP LAYERS WELL. IF YOU DO THAT YOU HAVE A MAYBE SUSTAIN A COUPLE OF WINNING SEASONS OVER A COUPLE OF TIME. AND THAT ALL OF US AND IF YOU DO THAT AND YOU ADD ONE OR TWO PLAYERS, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO CRUNCH TIME YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN AT A HIGHER LEVEL. TO ME IT COMES DOWN TO WHETHER BOB IS GOING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. I DON’T KNOW FINANCIALLY IF HE WILL BUT THE THING YOU DO KNOW OR AT LEAST YOU HOPE, IS THAT WHEN TRAVIS WILLIAMS TAKES THE PODIUM ON MONDAY THAT HE SAYS I AM GOING TO BE MAKING A LOT OF CHANGES. I AM GOING TO TAKE TIME TO EVALUATE EVERYTHING GOING ON AND LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATION AND EVERYTHING. BUT I’M GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THERE GOING TO BE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS WERE GOING TO DO, DIFFERENT WASABI AND EVERYTHING. THEN MAYBE YOU HAVE A REASON TO GET EXCITED. I JUST DON’T WANT A NEW GROUP OF GUYS COMING IN HERE BASICALLY SAYING THE SAME THING DOING THE SAME THING BUT SING IT DIFFERENTLY. THEY JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT MARKETING APPROACH WHICH DOESN’T MEAN WINNING GAMES. IS GO TO THE PHONE LINE TO STEVE TO IN BROOKLINE. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT? GOOD. THANK YOU FOR CALLING. WITH THIS FRANK COONELLY MOVE, WHAT DO YOU THINK? YOU THINK IT IS A PR MOVE? NO QUESTION IT IS A PR MOVE. EVERYONE’S SAYS THEY SORT OF REACH OUT TO THE PENGUINS ORGANIZATION AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT. DO KNOW WHAT I MEAN? I FEEL LIKE IT IS A PR MOVE AND BUYING BACK THE FANS I DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING ANYTIME SOON. I WAS A LONG TIME PIRATES FAN AND THEY BLEW IT FOR ME. STEVE, I APPRECIATE IT. THANKS A LOT. YOU MAKE AN INTERESTING POINT. YOUR BRINGING IN A GUY FROM A WINNING FRANCHISE. A GUY WHO WAS A COO OF A WINNING TEAM FOR A LONG TIME. HE KNOWS HOW TO DO THINGS RIGHT AND THE PING ONES HAD GOOD MARKETING CAMPAIGNS OVER THE YEARS WITH THE NEXT GENERATION AND WE ARE BUILDING TO THE FUTURE AND MOVING INTO A NEW ARENA. ANOTHER TOUGH TASK WHERE THEY BRING IN A GUY LIKE HIM, HE NEGOTIATED THE TV DEAL. AFTER NEXT YEAR THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO NEGOTIATE NAMING RIGHTS WITH PNC. AGAIN, I THINK ALL THAT STUFF IS IMPORTANT BUT TO ME THE NUMBER ONE AND THING IS GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN PLACE TO GIVE YOUR CHANCE TO WIN. AND I THINK THEY ARE BETTER OFF RIGHT NOW. YOU JUST NEED CHANGE. THAT IS BOTTOM LINE. YOU NEED TO CHANGE AND YOU NEED TO CHANGE AS MUCH IS POSSIBLE. I STILL FEEL LIKE THEY DIDN’T CHANGE AS THE GUY THAT SHOULD’VE CHANGED TO HAVE WORK. DO KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING? HUNTINGDON IS THE GUY THAT DOES THE DRAFTING, PICS THE FREE AGENTS AND PUTS THE GUYS IN PLACE. I THINK HE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BOTH GUYS. AND SHE IS THE GUYS TO WORKING FOR THE PIRATES. LET’S GO TO BOB IN CLEARFIELD. HELLO, JIM. TRAINING ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL. YOU ONLY HAVE OR DO FIVE PLAYERS AND PROSPECTS IN THE MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM CONSIDERED MAJOR-LEAGUE PLAYERS AND THEIR AVERAGE AT THAT. HE WILL GO THROUGH AND TAKE TO THE JUNKYARD AND PULL OUT A COUPLE OF MARGINAL FREE AGENTS WITHOUT A CONTRACT AND BRING THEM IN ON WHEN YOUR JOURNAL DEALS. MARTIN, ARCHER AND FRASER WILL BE GONE FOR OTHER PLAYERS TO BE NAMED LATER. YOU COULD BRING IN KENESAW MOUNTAIN LANDIS. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU DON’T HAVE SUFFICIENT FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO BE COMPETITIVE. I SEE NOTHING ON THE HORIZON THAT WILL LEAD ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE BASIC BUSINESS MODEL OF THE FRANCHISES EVER GOING TO CHANGE. THAT IS THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY. I AM WITH YOU, RICH. I DON’T SEE ANYTHING HAPPENING. THANKS A LOT, BOB. I HAVE NEVER WORKED FOR BOB BUT YOU HEAR PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR HIM AND IT IS THE SAME THING, SAME PROBLEMS. I DON’T SEE THE PHILOSOPHY CHANGING AS WELL. OF COURSE NOT. HE MAKES A LOT OF MONEY. WAS IT MARK CUBAN WHO SAID THAT IF YOU CAN STAND ON A CORNER IN PITTSBURGH AND PEOPLE DRIVE BY AND SCREAM AT YOU ALL DAY AND CALL YOU NAMES BUT YOU GET PAID $40 MILLION PER YEAR WOULD YOU TAKE THAT? THAT IS BASICALLY WHAT HE DOES. HE GETS 40 MILLION TO 50 MILLION PER YEAR AND STANDS OF GREAT STREET AND PEOPLE CALL HIM NAMES AND TELL HIM HE IS CHEAP. HE LAUGHS ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. HE KNOWS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT BIG FANS OF HIS.

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