Instead of firing the manager, or making some key trades, the Pittsburgh Pirates fire a Pierogi

19 Jun

Instead of firing the manager, or making some key trades, the Pirates dump a… pierogi. File this under: REALLY?!?

Andrew Kurtz, age 24, was let go on Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who, after last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians are on a 12-game losing streak.

You might think that this personnel change would be for the betterment of the franchise in an effort to improve their pathetic showing this season, and, well, in recent years, but, you’d think wrong.

They fired a racing pierogi.

No, you didn’t read that sentence wrong, this isn’t an error that my spellcheck missed or a proofreading mistake: they fired a pierogi.

Andrew Kurtz was one of the 4 “pierogis” who ran after the 5th inning at each Pirates home game in “the Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race N’at” which is sponsored by Mrs. T’s Pierogi’s and features Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Cheddar Chester, and Sauerkraut Saul.

He was fired for basically telling the truth about his team on his Facebook page and posting “disparaging comments” about the Pirates. Everyone else says that they suck, but when a pierogi says it – well, that’s a different story.

Facebook isn’t as private as people want to think that it is. Unfortunately, someone from the PIrates organization saw the negative remarks about the team and he was subsequently given the axe. I’d say something about “biting the hand that feeds you” …. but …. that just sounds a bit backward and creepy when speaking of a pierogi.

Maybe he can get a gig doing the Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Races?

3 Responses to “Instead of firing the manager, or making some key trades, the Pittsburgh Pirates fire a Pierogi”

  1. DiddleyDoo June 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    As an employee of any company you have to be careful with not only what you say, but how you say it and where you say it. They didn’t fire one of the pierogi’s, they fired one of the 20 people who dress up as a pierogi. The show will go on, and no one will know the difference. This “personnel change” matters nothing to what happens with the team whatsoever. It effects no one really. You have the right to be upset, but looking at the comments section of your page, no one is nearly as frantic about this issue as you.

    • glitzburgh ™ June 20, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Dear, “DiddleyDoo”

      I can tell that you’re a serious person by your user name and all, but, why? WHY? I ask you? Why would you “burst my bubble” and spoil my fun? I SO thought that those were real pierogis running around on the field! Now I’m heartbroken. I didn’t know that they were actually real employees with accountability to their employers, and thus, I was actually really frantic about the issue. I wasn’t at ALL poking fun at the headlines about the “Pirates firing a Pierogi” and just the hilarity of that fact considering, well, the truth of what the said pierogi posted, and thus, the irony of the whole situation. Also, I am 5 years old and really DID think that giant pierogis took to the field after the 5th inning and ran around, and when I wrote this, in the back of my mind, I wasn’t at ALL thinking about the underlying point of Facebook “not being private” and people having to “watch what they say” on there – I was actually JUST upset about PIEROGIS GETTING FIRED – I mean, this IS a national epidemic. Lifesize pasta world over are getting discriminated against and, from an HR standpoint, it’s really just a mess. But thank you for clarifying that for me, because, I really didn’t know that they were PEOPLE dressed up as Pierogis!!! Wow! I must say, though, that I’m rather upset at this revelation. Are you going to tell me next that there’s no tooth fairy? 😦


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