Pittsburgh Pirates

Goodbye, Nate the Great

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Nate McLouth #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the New York Mets on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Monica WitzigCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

So, I'm going to put this out there.

And maybe I'm doing it a little too hastily. After all, I only heard the news about 90 minutes ago.  Yes, Pittsburgh Pirates fans, it is time to cry.  We should be worried.

"Your Pittsburgh Pirates" GM Neal Huntington continually pisses away the talent we have in Pittsburgh. Our beloved outfield of Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, and Xavier Nady is no more. It's not even that just one part is missing—or that two parts are missing. All three have been traded over our last two seasons for prospects. PROSPECTS!

The money's not a problem. We don't have these ridiculous players and their ridiculous salary demands. In the offseason, we had just inked a nice contract with Nate to keep him here for a few more years. We wanted to develop him more. It's been a pleasure to see the dude grow. He's only 27. He had a spectacular showing in his first All-Star Game (2008, just last season) and went on to win a Gold Glove.

And Huntington traded him to Atlanta tonight.

I'm not going to say that the GM's lack of care makes me question my own loyalty. It doesn't work that way. It's clear that I care, as I had quite the visceral reaction – "No! No! No, no, no, no, NOOOOOO!" 

I'm going to stick with my guys, and I'm going to wish Nate success as the Braves try to contend this season. Jason proved himself clutch for the Red Sox during the postseason last year and has continued to prove his worth this season for Boston. The X-man hasn't done as much as JBay has, but at the end of the day he can say he plays for the Yankees, who are always in the running for that coveted pennant. When it comes down to it, they're still my boys.

And I guess that means I need to support whomever we acquire, too. They're Pirates now. They're my boys, too.

But, God, I'm going to miss Nate.

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