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Pittsburgh Native Michael Keaton Criticizes Pirates Owners

By April 11, 2006

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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?


April 11, 2006 at 6:46 pm
(1) austin says:

the comments mr. keaton said is what i have been feeling for years . i am a lifetime pirate fan and i don’t like the way the team has been run for the last decade. it is sad that at the beginning of the year i know the pirates will end their season below .500 and close to last place this is how i feel about it but i will always be a pirate fan

August 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(2) Tim L. says:

Mr. Keaton, I couldn’t agree more! I’ve also been a life long fan and had parents that considered their attendance at the 7th game of the 1960 World Series as one of the proudest moments of their lives. One of my own greatest memories is having Roberto Clemente sign a baseball and give it to me.

Now, I get sick at my stomach every year when the Bucs purge themselves of their best talent for yet more prospects. This seems to be an organization that has thrown in the towel and does not believe that they’ll ever be competitive at the major league level. Yes, we’re a small market, but cut us a break! Some other small market teams have had breathroughs and been successful.

A sad day is approaching quickly when I throw in the towel and pledge to not attend another game, nor listen to one on the radio or watch one.

Thank God for the Steelers and Penguins! You folks make us very proud!!

February 16, 2010 at 2:03 am
(3) Chad says:

Michael Keaton was absolutely right and it’s a shame that almost 4 years after he said that, things haven’t changed one bit! As long as Bob Nutting owns this team and treats like a business and nothing else, they will continue to lose! Sell the Pirates to the Lemieux group Mr. Nutting! The fans are sick of what you’ve helped do to this franchise! As long as you only care about making a profit, the Pirates will continue to lose year after year and continue to be the biggest laughing stock in all of sports!

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