Sunday, June 20, 2010

No Free Speech for Pierogis

This has absolutely nothing to do with stitching, but if you are from Western PA and especially if you are a Pittsburgh sports fan, you’ll be interested in this.  Evidently it’s no problem for Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger to assault young women in bars, because he gets to keep his job.   But if you’re a Pierogi who doesn’t toe the line with regard to Pirate baseball, you’re history.

Out at the plate: Pirates dump outspoken pierogi

Saturday, June 19, 2010

By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peter Diana/Post-Gazette

A pierogi race takes place in front of Pirates right fielder Ryan Church during Friday's game at PNC Park.

Frustrated fans pleading for something -- anything -- to be done to stop the Pirates' losing ways are likely to find little to cheer about in the baseball team's latest move.

They fired a pierogi.

Andrew Kurtz, 24, of New Brighton, one of the 18 men who take turns posing as pierogies in a crowd-pleasing race after the fifth inning of every game at PNC Park, was dismissed by the team Thursday because he posted disparaging remarks about the Pirates on his Facebook page.

"My son always was a big Pirates fan," said his mother, Mary Kurtz. "He took pride in being a pierogi runner. Since when, in this country, are you not allowed to state an opinion? Well, here is my opinion: The Pirates came through again and let go one of their biggest fans and dedicated workers."

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  1. Free speech is an endangered species. It just goes to show that you should always watch what you put on your Facebook page.

  2. How sad! I love watching the pierogies! It's certainly more entertaining than the baseball the Pirates usually provide.