Actor Michael Keaton threw more than one pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates
at yesterday's home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the Pittsburgh native
, best known for his roll as Batman, took a jab at the Pirates owners for not spending enough money on players and of taking their fans for granted. The Pirates, who haven't had a winning season, since losing Barry Bonds to the San Francisco Giants through free agency back in 1996, have one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
"Look, I'd do it, too, if I were a businessman," Keaton said at a news conference before the game. "But, at some point, you've got to win. I think fans have been gracious. And maybe not vocal enough. Maybe not vociferous enough with their displeasure."
"At some point, you have to write the check...," Keaton said.
The Pirates payroll of $47.6 million ranks 26th among the 30 teams in Major League Baseball. That's up nearly $13 million from last season, but for what gain?