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Maybe the Bucs need a chip on their shoulder more often

It's nice to see Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson show some energy, however misguided it was.

He's since apologized for his remarks after the Bucs traded Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan.

That comes almost a month after players were highly critical of the trade that sent away popular outfielder Nate McLouth.

After each trade, the Pirates won. So, the question remains, maybe the players need to be a little more fired up when they take the field.

They ripped the Mets, 11-6, after the McLouth trade. After trading Morgan and Burnett, the Bucs beat the Cubs, 3-0.

Maybe the players need to carry a chip on their shoulder more often -- or at least show some life. Have you ever seen an Adam LaRoche interview? He makes comedian Steven Wright look like a ball of energy.

Or, perhaps, a couple more trades will do the trick.

Anyone in the market for an overpaid first baseman?


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