Tagged: Breaking News

Buc Fever is the winner!

Buc Fever – you have 15 minutes to email and tell me, is it behind door #1, door #2, or door #3?

Ok.. just kidding.

Pittsburgh Pirates discussion forum user Buc Fever was selected by Alex over at Baseball Interactive Media as the winner of the limited-edition Neil Walker bobblehead contest.

Keep watching – they have several more promos coming your way this year. One way to get your name out there is to send Alex 500 words or so on what trades you would like to see or not see, and why, Monday or Tuesday and he’ll post them here while I’m gone Tuesday – Saturday this week.

Good Luck!

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Neil Walker Bobblehead Contest

Baseball Interactive Media (BIM) has asked me to extend the contest through January 6th to allow everyone who was on vacation during the holidays a chance to get involved.

So, anyone who registers at the new Pittsburgh Pirates discussion forum anytime before the stroke of midnight on January 6th is automatically entered for a chance to win the 2007 limited edition Neil Walker bobblehead.

One forum user will be selected by BIM and I’ll post the winner’s name January 7th.

Good luck!

Happy Holidays!

And don’t forget..

Baseball Interactive Media (BIM) has a contest for you.

Every person who registers at the Bucco Blog forum: Pittsburgh Pirates Forum before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve has a chance to win a limited edition Neil Walker bobblehead from the Curve last year. Only 2,000 were distributed so this would be a major coup to add to your collection. Those that have already registered are included.

BIM will select one winner January 2cd and let me know who it is before I post that night.

Remember now, use your valid Internet connection email account to register because the free service types like Yahoo and Hotmail won’t work. BIM has indicated to me they will never sell or distribute your information, and your email is hidden on the forum.

So get involved for a chance to take Neal home. Sorry for the image below.. it’s a fast Photoshop job. The bobblehead is brand new – just out of the box.

Breaking News: Pirates Board Meeting

The Pittsburgh Pirates ownership got together today at Seven Springs and had a board meeting, I just found out. Evidently, Ogden Nutting hit Kevin McClatchy where it counts pretty hard and limited partner Don Beaver dumped on Robert Nutting.

Good stuff.

Anyway, a distressed Pirates’ fan who works at the resort secretly recorded a video for us which is below:

Forum is now open! Plus, a beta chatroom

Baseball Media Interactive (BIM) has put up a brand spanking new VBulletin board discussion forum for Pittsburgh Pirates fans to have a ball with. It’s lightening fast, offers a lot of extras (like a calendar system they are working on to include the Pirates schedule, MLB important dates, etc), and even has a classifieds section where you can sell or buy tickets, among other things.

The URL is: http://www.pittsburgh-pirates.org/forum/

But before you go let me warn you that you’ll have to register with a valid email account that isn’t from a free system like Yahoo or Hotmail. Just use your main Internet account and you’ll be fine. Your email will always be hidden from other users. If you don’t have one, email me on the right sidebar and I’ll get you one.

The old discussion forum at buccoblog.com will be closing so move on over and get it rocking!

BIM has also put up a chatroom or shoutbox which is in beta mode. I haven’t tried it yet but I know they are working on refinements, so have patience as it evolves.

That URL is: http://www.pittsburgh-pirates.org/chat/

Breaking News

I’ll talk about the Torres deal tonight. It’s nothing to get excited about on quick look.

Look like the Indians are setting up shop to get Bay in what will probably amount to a 10 player deal.

Don’t laugh.. it’s not funny.

Music City Updates, Day Three

Buzz heard around the hotel lobby:

5:00 PM: I heard the MLB.com report that Dejan’s article this morning was a pure fabrication. Almost everything he’s written since coming back has been that way it seems. I’m not one to jump to his aid by any means but you should know there was talk, there still is, and the Indians just haven’t met Huntington’s "let’s make a deal" price yet.

4:50 PM: Yankees won’t give up Hughes – perhaps the Pirates asked for him and the Yankees laughed? Not sure. Ian Kennedy won’t get it done I’m hearing. Maybe Jose Tabata’s name will enter the picture?

3:10 PM: Confirmed.. Braves sought Duffy and rejected his medicals. The same thing could have happened on Grabow and Torres. Now I’m wondering if Bay will even pass scrutiny.

2:30 PM: UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH!

12:40 PM: PULL THE STRING HUNTINGTON. My bud close to the Yankees say they want Snell and we can get Hughes. They also want Marte. What the total package is I don’t know, but Huntington seems reluctant to do it. OMG.. so much for the "mystery" deal. The D’backs have been calling on Snell too. Wait, is Bay in this deal somehow too? Hmm.. it might be getting interesting.

12:02 PM: Did Huntington miss out on a Phil Hughes package for Snell? Some say the Yankees called. Hmm…

11:30 AM: Some are saying the PG’s report about the Indians and Bay is in left field. Hmm.. I’m not so sure – I’ve heard Shapiro will be Huntington’s primary trading partner since, oh.. since October. Nothing new there.

11:27 PM: good gosh – just what we need, Bedard to the Reds? OMG.

11:05 AM: The Indians/Bay talk could be causing another team to move in. Word has it Huntington’s phone has started to ring in earnest for, perhaps, the first time since the start of the meetings for a player not named Marte.

9:20 AM: The last text message says the "mystery" deal is still alive.. just stalled. Perhaps later today, I’m told.

9:10 AM: Third text message indicates the Indians couldn’t get Rios as I mentioned yesterday so they will have to upgrade their offer, which they have. Huntington has rejected that as well, and now they are talking about adding Gutierrez and a prospect.

Gutierrez’s stats:

AB H/9 2B/9 3B/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 xERA
CLE AL 2007 24 271 9.2 1.7 0.3 1.7 2.7 9.8 4.61
CLE AL 2006 23 136 9.6 2.3 0.0 0.3 0.8 7.3 2.85
IL AAA 2006 23 349 9.6 2.7 0.0 0.9 4.8 8.3 4.48

Paulino vs Shoppage:

Age AB H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 xERA OBP VORP LD%
Paulino 07 26 457 9.1 0.8 2.5 6.0 3.76 0.315 8.1 18.9
Paulino 06 25 442 11.5 0.5 2.9 6.6 3.65 0.362 16.4 23.2
Shoppach 07 27 161 9.1 1.5 2.4 12.1 4.48 0.312 8.3 16.5
Shoppach 06 26 110 8.4 0.9 2.5 14.0 2.79 0.297 -0.6 16.4

8:57 AM: I wake up to find four text messages from overnight – my latest post struck a nerve and it very well could be get off the pot day. Well good.. the ship is sunk and is now being covered up with sediment from the bottom of the sea. Somebody better start bailing.