Pirates Encourage Boycott of Local Bar Offering Discount Following Losses

The Pirates haven’t had a winning season since 1992, giving the fans of Pittsburgh very little to pass the time between the Penguins and Steelers. We keep hoping that they’ll rebuild with good draft picks like Andrew McCutchen, but that appears to be unrealistic. Instead they’ve settled for being the laughingstock of baseball that’s perennially putting up fire sale signs in June. Given their apparent acceptance of losing, it’s odd to see members of their front office get so ticked off by negativity in the community.

WTAE in Pittsburgh via Ben Maller reports that two Pirates front office members called for a ban of Stroll Inn, a bar that offers a nickel off pitchers following Pirates losses. I don’t know how heavy of drinkers they are in Pittsburgh, but last I checked a nickel can’t even buy you a stick of gum, so this seems to be much more about the humor than the discount. Unsurprisingly, the same group that fired one of its pierogi racers for expressing negativity, is displeased with the bar.

A Pirates official emailed the bar to complain about the promotion, feeling it was a slight against the team. “An occasional joke and jab is expected here and there, but to create business by ripping on the home team is ridiculous and in my opinion distasteful,” account exec Angela Criscella wrote. She urged bar patrons to “take your business away from the Stroll Inn and to other local restaurants instead.”

The bar owner tried to explain to Criscella that the promotion was a consolation prize for fans rather than a rip on the team. I disagree. Knocking off just a nickel is not helping anyone financially; it’s just a way to generate some publicity with a funny line at the Pirates’ expense. Has the team earned the jokes with their poor play over the years? Absolutely. But as I said when they fired the pierogi, how else are you supposed to reverse nearly 20 years of losing without changing the culture and mentality of everyone around the organization? Once again, I side with the Pirates rather than the bar making the lame excuse.

Photo Credit: WTAE

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SW3MMNJV3O3IZWICAOJQYUKAU Dale A

     Trust the Pirates to get offended by a promotion and then draw even more attention to it by encouraging a boycott! 

    Also, it seems like the quickest solution to stop people from mocking the team is to have the team get better.  Seems the Pirates FO doesn’t feel like 19 straight losing seasons is deserving of mockery.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFV37ECHYH4BYNM3RGLGDIIUWM Miles Montgomery

    You have got to be kiding me.  The Pirates actually addressed this.  I would suggest they focus on baseball for the fans sake.  Jesus… 

  • Anonymous

    I think Larry Brown has it wrong.  Is he from Pittsburgh?  No.  So how can he experience the lows this team has on a daily basis?  For the last 19 seasons, it was one promise after another that they were going to bring a winner home.  The last few nights of recent play is an example of how bad they are and the owners make money on the whole deal.  Where was the owner on the last home game last year?  Not in the stands, but target shooting.  I side with the bar, have some fun with the losses.  It’s the only ting to enjoy with this team. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QECM7ABGAZLOTAUKBRI4OYFHB4 Bill

    How do I get to this bar…lots of discount beer coming.. lol   Remember the “CURSE OF THE BAMBINO”   We have the 19 year old “CURSE OF THE NUTTINGS” If major league baseball does not soon step in or Pittsburgh city counsel force them to sell it will last forever.  We were promised…”build us this field and we will put a winner on it… YEAH RIGHT.. the winners will be wearing visitors uniforms.. Anyone that goes to see this team is a fool..paying for losing is not a good plan…   W.G.P.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nschively Noel Schively

    Here’s a way to change the culture: win.

  • Anonymous

    Pirates management/ownership has been a joke for many years now. Win some damn games and you won’t have to worry about this issue.  Instead of being another farm team to the rest of the Majors try getting some quality veteran players for once. Your worried about ” a slight gainst the team”. Come on, you the Pirates management have been a slight against the city of Pittsbugh for many years now. A disgrace is more like it. MLB should force you to sell the team. Pittsburgh is a city of champions. You are a perpetual loser and have no intention of improving the quality of the product. Shame on you. I say other bar owners should refuse to boadcast your games at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401157945 Ray Lucas

    It’s a nickle PER loss. So if they lose 100 games it’s going to be $5 off a pitcher by the end of September! 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    That’s what I thought, but the article says this “The promotion called for a discount of a nickel off a pitcher of beer after every loss by the Pirates”

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a Pirates fan,however who is still around after a Pirates loss?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Smith/100000330669426 Tom Smith

    hey bill, learn to spell.  “council”, not counsel.  thanks. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Smith/100000330669426 Tom Smith

    hey picklelips, same advice as to Bill above:  learn to spell if you wish to post!  “you’re” not your.


  • Anonymous

    Wow, 19 whole seasons. Come on, I thought yinz was tougher than that. I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life! Talk about the joke of MLB!

  • Anonymous

     A couple of things. MLB needs to address a salary cap because teams are and will be doing this same thing until it does. 2nd, if you are going to address a promotion at a local bar then you need to address your own team 1st. 3rd, don’t be surprised if the bar now tells all of the city to boycott the Pirates because if the Pirates weren’t in this dreadful situation the bar wouldn’t have this promotion to begin with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000054687540 Carol Gordy

    I am a SF Girl DIE HARD!!! We finally won the World Series last year, & till the bitter end, everyone made fun of us. Well, not anymore we won. So, don’t give up on your Pirates, and flood the owner’s box with emails about getting better player’s & not to be pocketing the money. Good Luck! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57O6TCG3QELL5EJYY4CKRSHM24 Bob

    The Pirates came off like a low-rent imitation of a major league baseball team…wait…. The best way to address it? Turn it into a positive and not call for a boycott of a small bar. How petty and ridiculous. The Pirates could have been smart and turned it into a PR win by getting the bar on board with other promotions. Stupid management, stupid PR…..poor baseball team. Writer of the article above…9 years sports experience must include his 8.5 years experience delivering newspapers. He probably sleeps with his Bill Steigerwald bobblehead.