Reading yesterday's excellent interview with Bob Nutting in the PG and watching some of the reaction to it in various places around the internet really got me thinking about Nutting's tenure as owner of the Pirates so far. It's more or less been three years since Nutting officially took control from Kevin McClatchy as the team's primary ownership. With Nutting's propensity to make declarative statements around this time of year, I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at some of the things he's said and evaluate just how things have played out in relation to those statements so far.

Let's start with Nutting's letter to the fans, which was published all over the place after he took over in January of 2007. I'll break them down FJM style, with Nutting's statements in bold and...

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