In light of the "Mario Lemieux wants to buy the Pirates" news and the whole Post-Gazette editorial and the resulting fallout, I think now is a good time to address some things that often slip to the backburner and that I assume people know, even though they're not explicity stated.

There are certain realities that face small-market baseball teams that will face any owner, be he Bob Nutting, Mario Lemieux, or King Midas. The Brewers, a team held up by so many Pirate fans as the paragon of what the club should be doing payroll-wise, has managed two winning seasons with an incredibly talented young core of players and right now, they're facing the reality of losing at least one of them and missing this window of opportunity entirely. That's because an $80 million payroll doesn't assure...

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