Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: February 13, 2020 (Pt. 2)

IT IS NOT THAT WAY IT IS JUST — THE WAY HE LOOKS IS — THE FUNCTION OF HOW HE'S BEEN DRESSING, RELAX, BEARD ADDS TO IT

I ALWAYS WEAR BAGGY CLOTHES YOU COVER-UP YOUR IMPERFECTIONS THAT WAY AND I'VE GOT A LOT OF THEM NOT AS MUCH AS I DO YOU DO A COMMERCIAL FOR THAT, DON'T YOU? IS ANOTHER GUY

EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS NO NEED TO DRAFT A RUNNING BACK AND I AGREE WITH HIM HERE, NOW THE HEALTH ISSUE IS THE HEALTH ISSUE AND JAMES CONNOR HAS TO BE HEALTHY IF HE IS I THINK WE SAW WHAT HE COULD DO LIKE THE YEAR BEFORE AND HE WAS A PRO BALLPLAYER HOW TO USE IT WITH THAT? EVEN MIND THEY WILL HAVE SIX PICS HERE, NO FIRST, NO THIRD I THINK IT MAKES IT MUCH MORE DOABLE I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO FIND AN X TERMINAL — EXTERNAL OPTION

HE LET THE CHIEFS AND RUSHING AND THEN GOT FACED OUT LATE IN THE YEAR OR USE A LATE ROUND DRAFT PICK ON THE RUNNING BUT I AM ADAMANTLY AGAINST USING THEIR TOPIC AS SECOND ROUND PICK ON A RUNNING BACK AND I SAY THAT, I'M NOT LIPS HIS LOOK, I LEAVE LOVE JAMES CONNOR AS A PERSON BUT I'M STILL NOT CONVINCED HE CAN BE A NUMBER ONE RUNNING BACK BUT I PREFER THE COMMITTEE APPROACH WE WILL SEE HOW IT GOES BACK TO THE LINES WE GO, ED, YOU ARE FIRST UP TONIGHT WHAT'S UP? HI, GENTLEMEN

HOW ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT? PONY, TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT McCOY, BY THE WAY BUT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE PIRATES, MAINLY AS A PLEA FOR PEOPLE, JUST TO NOT GO TO THE HOME OPENER, PLEASE, DO NOT GO, IT IS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT WOULD BE EVEN MORE EMBARRASSING FOR THEM AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO AT LEAST EXPLAIN IT TO PEOPLE, SO, PLEASE, PITTSBURGH AND PIRATE FANS, OR JUST ONE DAVE STAY HOME I HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO I THINK IN TIME LIKE WE SAW LAST YEAR AS THE SEASON WENT ON, SEASON-TICKET SALES HAVE BEEN DOWN, THEY RAISED SOME PRICES ON TICKETS THIS YEAR, WHICH I NEVER THINK OF A GOOD IDEA FOLLOWING THE LAST-PLACE FINISH, BUT, I NEVER THOUGHT THAT AS A WAY TO SEND MESSAGES

BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY, WHATEVER MESSAGE YOU SEND IS GOING TO BE IGNORED THAT WAY WELL, IT DOESN'T MEAN AS MUCH IT IS SYMBOLIC NOW BECAUSE SO MUCH OF BASEBALL AND WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM IS NOT TIED INTO TICKET SALES YOU KNOW, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS, THEY ARE MAKING MONEY BEFORE ONE FAN EVEN COMES THROUGH THE TURNSTILE SO, SURE, I MEAN EMPTY SEATS ON EMPTY — OPENING DAY, YOUR BIGGEST CELEBRATION TO BASEBALL WOULD BE A BLACK EYE BUT I DON'T THINK IT IS GOING TO CAUSE THEM TO LIKE HAVE AN EPIPHANY AND SPEND MORE MONEY, DO YOU? NO, I WAS UP LITTLE BIT SURPRISED, RICH WITH HIS REPORT, HE TALKED TO BRANDON AND HE HAS NO POINT TO GO OUT AND SIGN ANYONE ELSE

THAT IS IT BASICALLY 50 MILLION OR LESS IN TERMS OF PAYROLL AND AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A NEW REGIME, I'M WILLING TO WATCH AND SEE WHAT THEY DO, BUT, I HATE THE NOTION OF WASTING SEASONS I HATE THE NOTION SAYING, WELL, FIXATED ON 2021 OR 2022 AND BEYOND BECAUSE TO ME, YOU ARE TELLING PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE A PLAYER AND WHY SHOULD I CARE IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE A PLAYER? IF THEY ARE REBUILDING JUST DON'T MAKE IT IN THE FRONT OFFICE LET'S GET SOME MORE OF THESE PLAYERS OUT AND BRING SOME NEW PROSPECTS AND AND IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT, BOB, THEN, GET ON THE PHONE WITH THE DODGERS AND GET JOCK PEARSON AND ROSS STRICKLAND HERE, THAT'S WHAT THE REDS DID LAST YEAR

PETERSON IS ONE YEAR REMOVED FROM BEING — IS HERE FREE- AGENT? I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE REASON THEY WON'T DO THAT I WOULD IMAGINE PROBABLY WHAT, $8 MILLION PLAYER? SO YOU BRING HIM IN, HE CAN BE IN YOUR ROTATION, YOU ARE SPENDING 12 OR $13 MILLION I AGREE I'M JUST SAYING, THAT WILL GO AGAINST WHAT I THINK THEY BELIEVE WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE RIGHT NOW? THEY BELIEVE THAT ONCE THEY GET SOMEONE CLOSE TO CATCHING AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GIVE BACK IDEAL, ALTHOUGH FOR YOUR SITUATION, I AGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE YOU CAN BRING THAT GUY AND IF HE IS ANOTHER 36 HOMERUN SEASON

IF THEY NEEDED TO FREE UP MONEY, THEY BASICALLY DUMPED THEM ON THE REDS SO IF THEY ARE WILLING TO DUMP THOSE GUYS, TAKE THEM PETERSON WOULD BE OUR SECOND- BEST POWER HITTER BEHIND JOSH BELL I AGREE SURE

RA, BIG AL, ROBERT IS UP BIG AL HEY BOBBY ACTUALLY IS WHEN 92, BUT WHO'S COUNTING? GO AHEAD HERE'S WHAT I CAN UNDERSTAND

I AM PART BASEBALL IN HIGH SCHOOL I PLAYED THE GAME, I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IN GODS NAME YOU CAN CHEAT IN BASEBALL FOR THIS REASON YOU STILL GOT TO HIT THE BALL BUT IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS COMING — LET ME FINISH THEY STUDIED THE OTHER PICTURES , THEY KNEW — WHEN IT WAS 0-2, THEY KNEW WHEN IT WAS 3-0, THEY STILL GOT TO HIT THE BALL YEAH, BUT YOU DON'T DIG IT IS MUCH EASIER, YOU WANT TO GET AS MUCH EASIER IF YOU KNOW THERE IS A CURVEBALL COMING AND YOU KNOW WHERE THAT CURVEBALL NORMALLY IS GOING TO END UP, YOU WILL HAVE A DECIDED ADVANTAGE HOW TO HIT IT

I MEAN, I FIND THAT, YEAH, YOU'VE GOT TO HIT IT BUT IF YOU KNOW THAT IT IS COMING, THE CHANCES OF MAKING CONTACT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER NO DOUBT IF IT IS NOT USEFUL OR VALUABLE, THEN WHY ARE THEY DOING IT? WHY GO TO SUCH — SUCH EASE — EXTENT TO MAKE IT WORK? YEAH, I MEAN IF THEY DIDN'T THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE A BENEFIT, THEN THEY WOULD NOT DO IT THEY DID IT, THEY BENEFITED BY IT AND NOW THE SAD THING IS, THEY ARE NOT ADMITTING THAT THEY BENEFITED BY IT AND ONE GUY LISTEN TO MY DON'T KNOW IF YOU SAW HIS INTERVIEW, JUSTIN VERLANDER

THE WORST HE'S ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO'S NOT AFRAID TO SAY WHATEVER HE WANTS TO SAY UNTIL TODAY THEN HE JUST CURLED UP AND DIDN'T SAY A THING HE RIPPED BASEBALL BECAUSE HE SAID THE WAY YOU COULD GRIP THE BALL WAS THE BALLS WERE JUICED AND HE CAME OUT OF THE WOODWORK TO LEAK THAT STORY AND NOW HE WANTS TO ZIP IT

I'M WITH YOU THAT'S WHY SAID, BANNED THEM I DON'T KNOW, I HOPE IT LINGERS I HOPE THAT EVERY PLACE THEY GO TO PLAY, THERE IS SOME SORT OF COMMUNAL, MOCKERY OF THE SITUATION WHETHER THAT IS TRASHCAN BEGGING, WHETHER THAT IS BRINGING IN MORSE CODE EXPERTS, GEYSERS — BUZZER BEATERS, JUST DO IT

EVERY TIME ONE OF THOSE GUYS STRIKES OUT [ LAUGHTER ] WE NOW MOVE ON TO OUR TRI- STATE OFFICE FURNITURE TWEET OF THE DAY AND THIS COMES TO OUR FRIEND RYAN CLARK WHO'S NOW IN THE MEDIA AND OF COURSE WILL CLARK 25 HAS BEEN WATCHING THIS AS WELL AND HE SAYS OF STEALING SIZE WOODEN DOOR DIDN'T IMPACT THE GAME, WHY WAS IT TAKING PLACE IN THE BIDDING? THERE YOU GO, SMART GUY EXACTLY TRUE