PITTSBURGH — With the Boston Red Sox in town for a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Red Sox color commentator Dennis Eckersley had some things to say about the current state of the home team’s organization.
The Hall of Fame pitcher-turned broadcaster did not mince his words during the second inning of the broadcast on NESN.
“You talk about a no-name lineup. There’s no team like this,” Eckersley said of the Pirates. The Bucs managed just one hit over seven innings against Boston’s Nick Pivetta. “This is a hodgepodge of nothingness.”
The 67-year-old even took it a step forward and commented on the Pirates’ bottom-of-the-league payroll which has been the frustration of Pirates’ fans for years.
“It’s ridiculous. It really is. Pathetic,” Eckersley said.
It’s rare to see a broadcaster be so candid about describing another team, but there are plenty of Pirates fans who would agree with what the Red Sox color man had to say.
Entering play Tuesday, the Pirates sat in last place in the National League Central with a record of 45-70.