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Three straight years missing opening day

It's getting easier and easier for me to miss opening day.

This is my third straight season of missing opening day for the Pirates, and the Bucs are making it simple for me to extend my streak.

It used to be a given for me to get a ticket to go to PNC Park in early April. Now, with ownership being frugal, I watch it on television.

Until the Nuttings put money into the team to make it competitive, why should I put money into the Nuttings' pockets?

It's everyone else's choice, and I've made mine. I'd rather drive to Erie or Altoona to see a minor league game than endorse the way the Nuttings run their business.


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