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Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 01 July 2007 03:05

PiratesA fan protest to highlight discontent over ownership of the Pittsburgh Pirates failed to resonate with the desired large number of fans at last night's game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park.

While the press highlighted the protest in advance of its planned date, approximately 1,000 fans were all that got up in the 3rd inning in an attempt to represent ownership's failed promises.

While the numbers were not as high as organizers had hoped, they felt that the message was received. As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"It's more than symbolism. This is the wake-up call. This sends a message," said Andy Chomos, who led the exit after organizing the grass roots protest on the Internet last month. "I'm ticked off. We want to see meaningful baseball in August and September again."

Participants were asked to wear green, as in the color of money, to encourage management to spend its dollars on a better product. A few wore bags over their heads. One popular T-shirt -- selling for $5 -- carried the message "I Support The Third Inning Walkout." One of those walking out wrote on his shirt that Kevin McClatchy should be paying him to attend games.

As Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball wrote yesterday in a lengthy editorial critical of the Pirates ownership:

"Protesting, while a sign of solidarity and something that shows the level of frustration that the current Pirates ownership has rightfully driven its core constituency to, it is, none the less, a fruitless endeavor. If the Pirates ownership has been unwilling to right their own ship after all these years of poor returns on the field, I doubt anything short of a citywide protest will register to the point of action on their part."

 
 
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