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Pirates' workers need a drink of their own

Nothing like a Pirates controversy to bring me out of my slumber.

Apparently, the Stroll Inn had a special that if the Pirates lose -- and, frankly, when don't they lose -- patrons could get a nickel off a pitcher of beer.

That didn't sit well with two employees of the Pirates.

They called for a boycott of the bar. Frank Coonelly, according to WTAE, supports his employees actions.

So, naturally, the bar caved.

You'd think the Pirates' employees, along with Coonelly, would focus instead on improving the team. Instead, they go after a business.

I'd like to see more bars offer a similar deal, not to increase the number of drunk Pirates fans out there, but to stand up against the Pirates.

At least the bar is getting some free publicity out of all this. The Pirates, however, take another PR hit.

Maybe the franchise was jealous they couldn't think up of a creative promotion and they missed out on cashing in on such an idea.

Or just maybe the organization just wanted to pick on someone they knew they could beat. They surely aren't fielding a team that can do it on the field.

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