Who would have thought before the season that of all the Pirates, that Nate McLouth would have been named to the All-Star team. Even with us at the HQ, who are ardent McLouth supporters, we would have never thought that he would have become anything really remotely resembling and All-Star. I guess that is a testament again to the previous regime, who never though much of him as a minor leaguer and even as recently as a big leaguer.
It will be nice to watch Nate play in the game in the Bronx this year. I can only hope that he has a good showing while he is there. He is an easy guy to want to root for on this team and it is really great to see a guy like him get named to the team.
The other big news of the weekend, aside from the sweep in Milwaukee, was the demotion of Tom Gorzelanny. This follows up the somewhat stunning news surrounding Bullingon this week. It is almost too much to handle. Littlefield never did this kind of stuff when he was GM.
When one looks at Gorzo, you can also cannot help but root for the guy. He is not the marquee name, yet he kept the pace with all the big time names as he came up through the system. Now he has had a tough stretch and they want to see what can be done about it. And right now the best place to see what can be done is perhaps in the minors.
I can only hope that it is a confidence thing and not an injury or rather major change that needs to be made to how he pitches. I hope that in Indy he gets his feel back and becomes that Gorzo of all old. Then again here is hoping that many of the pitchers return to their gold form as well.