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Darn those Brewers

May 6, 2009 - Jim Anderson
Who owns the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Uh, that would be the Milwaukee Brewers. With their 8-5 victory Tuesday night, the Brewers have won 17 straight over the Bucs. It’s the longest winning streak by one Major League team against another in nearly 40 years.

As a Brewers fan, I’m ecstatic. As a working stiff, my stomach flips.

The principal owner (and chairman of the board) of the Pirates is Robert Nutting. The same Robert Nutting who heads Ogden Newspapers Inc., which owns The Daily News (and 39 other newspapers located in 12 states).

The Pirates are in a bit of a slump. If they post a losing record this season, it will be their 17th straight — a record for any team in major American pro sports. Mr. Nutting can’t take all the credit. He has been the Pirates’ principal owner only since early 2007.

If it weren’t for those Brewers, who are 5-0 against the Pirates this season, the young Bucs could claim a winning record. They’re 12-14.

The teams won’t meet again until July 20 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, generally rated among the most beautiful in baseball. But only 9,775 fans were on hand for Tuesday’s loss to the Brew Crew.

That’s about how many papers we sell in a day.

Go Pirates, go!


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