Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is left red-faced after failing to realize frustrated fan was wearing ‘Sell the Team’ shirt in protest at ANOTHER losing season
- A Pittsburgh-area teenager made his feelings known about Pirates management
- Since buying the team in 2007, the Pirates have only had four winning seasons
- That includes only one postseason series appearance, and two Wild Card losses
Fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are fed up with the lack of investment into their baseball team, and it’s leading some fans to take action.
After bumping into Pirates owner Bob Nutting, teenager Colin Witte got the opportunity to take a picture with him.
Just as the picture was being taken, Witte adjusted his jersey revealing a t-shirt underneath with the words ‘Sell the Team’ in the Pirates’ font.
Nutting’s reaction to seeing the shirt was captured live on video and in pictures.
Fans of the Pirates are fed up with ownership who continue to underfund their roster
The discontent of Pirates fans could be justified, considering the lack of results during Nutting’s time as principal owner.
Since Nutting took over the team in 2007, the team has only been above .500 in four of the past 15 seasons, and are on track for what would be a fourth consecutive losing season.
In that time, the team has only been to one playoff series in 2013, losing to the eventual National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in five games.
The team also made three Wild Card games, only winning one.
All of this is happening while the roster has been uncompetitive, with the $65.5m in total team payroll the third lowest in the entire league.
That number is also $47m less than the next closest team in their division – the NL Central.
Pittsburgh fans haven’t had much to cheer about lately, with three consecutive losing seasons