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Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Must Make Ownership Walk the Plank
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The news was the most exciting for Pirates fans since the Pierogi Race was introduced at PNC Park.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday that Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle had made a "very serious," unsolicited proposal to buy the beleaguered baseball team four months ago.

Pirates owner Bob Nutting vehemently rejected the offer, saying that the team is "not for sale."

Previously, Nutting had turned aside several sale overtures by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg, who subsequently teamed with Nolan Ryan to purchase the Texas Rangers.

Apparently, some Bucs fans won't take Nutting's "no" for an answer.

The Associated Press reported that fan unrest was evident Saturday during PirateFest, when team president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington, and manager John Russell heard a smattering of boos during a question-and-answer session, especially when queried about the payroll.

Bystanders said most answers were met with only tepid applause from the audience members.

Well, can you blame them?

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