What a public relations disaster if there ever was one for a team that certainly doesn’t need any more bad press. Pedro Alvarez, who will forever come to be known as the kid who let his agent turn him into a his own personal vendetta against major league baseball and in particular, Pirates team President, Frank Coonelly; reportedly has signed a four year deal with the club for $350,000 more than the amount as was “agreed” to at zero hour of the signing period for draft choices.
The important signing was heralded by the "Pittsburgh Post Gazette" on page nine of Monday’s sports section. It probably would have received more notice in the obituary section. This is how far the relevance of baseball has slipped in Pittsburgh over the past 16 years.
Alvarez and his agent, Scott Boras, wasted no time in generating ill will in this city. The agent’s cavalier behavior towards his client’s image is almost inconceivable. Meanwhile, the player and his family’s failure to step in and say “Enough is enough” doesn’t speak too highly for their character either.