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Two Pirates Lash Out at MSM

In this case, MSM is referring to the mainstream media (has it ever been anything else? I wasn't sure so I figured I'd clarify just in case). The Pirates in question are relief pitchers Jesse Chavez and Sean Burnett, and the entire incident is yet another unseemly aftershock of Pittsburgh's trade of All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth.

According to the Pirates blog Rum Bunter, Burnett and Chavez are upset that what they set up as a lighthearted joke -- lighting a candle with McLouth's No. 13 on it at the table where the trio played cards everyday -- was interpreted by the media as a sort of depressed homage to McLouth's absence, and perhaps a dig at team management.

Instead, the relievers lit the candle because of a running inside joke; according to the pair, as long as McLouth kept losing, his candle remained lit. Since he wasn't there to play, his candle was lit up.

There's ancillary evidence to back up Burnett and Chavez's claims, too. Both players have a scoreboard for the card game Pluck on their lockers, on which they claim they kept track of the trio's games.

Regardless of why the candle was lit, both Burnett and Chavez are very upset that the media took the entire stunt as an affront to the team's decision to deal McLouth.

"It's ridiculous. Blown way out of proportion," Burnett said. "I'm waiting for an apology."

"It had nothing to do with the trade," Chavez said. "It's a friendly thing we had going on, an inside joke."

Something tells us that they're not getting that apology, but they're not getting reprimanded, either. The real question is whether they deserve a "sorry" from the media. Do they? What do you think?

By Cameron Smith  |  June 15, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Pirates  | Tags: Braves, Jesse Chavez, Nate McLouth, Pirates, Sean Burnett  
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The fact that the media took their little joke so seriously is hilarious. I think they should have kept running with it and made fools of the media. They should have stayed quiet and made the joke even bigger and more outrageous. Go from a candle to a voodoo doll, to a life size dummy, or maybe a card board cut out. They could have held a sacrifice and burned the doll on the field during batting practice.

They could have really had some fun at the Pittsburgh media's expense here. Dummies.

The two players are probably more upset about the fact that they weren't traded along with McLouth. Who wants to play in Pittsburgh anyway?

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | June 15, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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