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Pirates' promises fall to bottom -- just like the team

If you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.

That adage might work in politics, but it certainly doesn't work when it comes to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

At least that's my feelings a week after Pirates president Frank Coonelly uttered the phrase that soon will not be forgotten. "Today is our future because 2010 is the beginning of the next dynasty of the Pirates for me."

I'm sure you heard it. And it's probably a safe bet that you're just as flabbergasted as I am this long after his proclamation.

2010 simply will be another year in a long line of losing seasons for the Pirates, no matter what Coonelly says.

Spring training is supposed to be a time of optimism. I don't have it this season when it comes to the Bucs.

Bob Nutting can boast about a great team. GM Neal Huntington can, too. Same goes for manager John Russell.

I can't trust or believe a word these guys say -- just like a politician.

Do they really think anyone that follows the Pirates -- or baseball -- believes this is the start of something special?

Why can't they just be honest with everyone? We've been though enough losing. We can take it.

This is, what, the second year of a fourth five-year plan? I've lost count.

Please don't tell me about this team being more talented than last year's. Don't try to sell me on the management trio of Connelly, Huntington and Russell being the best management team in baseball.

Just be honest.

All it takes is a quick look at the standings to know what the truth is. You can't get away with this stuff.

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