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Josh Harrison Wanting To Be Traded Makes Me Feel Even Worse To Be A Pirates Fan

Josh Harrison Wanting To Be Traded Makes Me Feel Even Worse To Be A Pirates Fan

I thought I would have been a week until I had to write about the Pirates trading my beloved Josh Harrison, but lo and behold I had to go and foreshadow it in my last article. J-Hay wants to be traded and I can't blame him.

“Over the last week, many have asked me how I felt about first the trade of Gerrit and now, the trade of Andrew. My focus has been on my family, my training and my camp with my brother Vince on Martin Luther King Day. It is now time to respond.

“Baseball is a business and I understand that trades are part of the business. While I love this game, the reality is that I just lost two of my closest friends in the game. Cole and Cutch were not just friends, they were the best pitcher and best position player on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond.

“My passion for Pittsburgh, what it has MEANT to me, what it MEANS to me, can never be questioned. I love this city, I love the fans, I love my teammates. Saying that, the GM is on record as saying, ‘When we get back to postseason-caliber baseball, we would love our fans to come back out.’ If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded. I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer.”

What's more deflating for a franchise than your defacto leader of the clubhouse stating he does not want to not be apart of said clubhouse? As a fan, I can't think of anything worse and as an organization with no leadership, I can't think of anything worse either. This season is going to be a rough one, lemme tell ya.

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