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Two years in a row missing opening day

I had a nice streak going on opening day in Pittsburgh.

It ended last year. The new streak is two years and counting without watching the first pitch of the home season in person.

You know what? I haven't missed it.

The Nutting ownership has done that to me.

I still follow the Bucs but I know it's a hopeless cause with the Nuttings in charge.

A co-worker asked if I saw the Pirates win Wednesday.

"Nope. I've detached myself from the Pirates," I said.

If I have something else going on, it's not a priority.

I turned them on today to watch the ceremonies and first pitch on TV, so I'm not completely ignoring all things Pirates.

I've just found better use for my money than to line the Nuttings' pockets while they field inferior teams.

Hopefully my attitude changes and so does theirs.


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