One of the benefits to never winning is that the team is terrified to raise ticket prices. After the 2001 debacle, prices are again staying the same for 2009:
"We do not take the support of our season ticket-holders for granted," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said yesterday. "We recognize the economy that we're all facing is a very difficult time. I think anybody in any entertainment business has to be concerned that the economy is such that you could see some decrease in certain areas of your business, so it's certainly a concern for us. It's one that we're proactively trying to get out in front of."Could the tanking economy be the team's excuse for not raising payroll this year? I guess I should be clearer: I don't think the Pirates need to raise their payroll, but I thought they probably would to bolster their rotation after last year's disaster and to appease the more casual fans. But Coonelly mentioning the economy over and over again? Not a great sign for anyone hoping to see raised payroll in 2009.