State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, the defending Florida State community college champions, fell victim to the surging Pittsburgh Pirates in a lopsided 21-1, 7 inning exhibition game.
The Pirates took an early 3-0 lead before giving up a run in the top of the second. Manatee CC, feeling confident, was quickly brought back down to the Earth by the Pirates' seven-run explosion in the bottom of the second.
This leads to the obvious question: if the Pirates can beat a state champion community college so handily, then they can win the World Series, right?
Who is going to stop them? The Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox can only dream of defeating such a talented opponent. The NL Central should now be a breeze for the team who has finished last five of the past six years.
The Cubs, Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, and Astros are now changing all of their goals towards a wild card birth in hope of at least having a playoff appearance before losing to the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen, who just for the record didn't even play in the blowout performance.
Next up on the list of Pirate victims is the Tampa Bay Rays. However, the entire team is currently contemplating a forfeit after getting word of the Pirates victory over Manatee CC.
You may be considering how Manatee is coping with such a loss. Instead of the college kids moving forward with their season, the entire baseball team has been disbanded and the funds that were supposed to go into baseball are now being poured into future scholarships for their constantly competitive croquet team.
This is certainly a storyline we will continue to follow, as it could send shivers through all of the MLB.