It’s not exactly the most optimistic team preview you’ll hear from The Pitch. But if may be the most opinionated.

As the show visits Pittsburgh Lumber Co. author Matt Bandi, it taps into perhaps the most volatile fan base in the big leagues in its Pittsburgh Pirates edition of The Pitch’s 30-team 2008 MLB Season Preview. Bandi sounds off on the fallout of the Oliver Perez trade, Doug Mientkiewicz’s advice for his new team, young superstars and the future for the Bucs’ ownership.

Pittsburgh Lumber Co. (Matt Bandi, author)

2008 MLB Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

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