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Pirates players responded to Dennis Eckersley calling roster a ‘hodgepodge of nothingness’ 8/18/2022 Hayden Bird

The Red Sox defeated the Pirates 8-3 on Wednesday night, moving Boston back to .500 at 59-59. The two teams play again this evening at 7:05 p.m.

The Revolution, despite missing several starters, managed a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC. New England currently occupies a playoff spot with nine games remaining in the regular season, but is among nine teams in the Eastern Conference separated by just five points.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Patriots host the Panthers in the team’s second preseason game.

Pirates respond to Dennis Eckersley: During the Red Sox’ win over the Pirates on Tuesday, Dennis Eckersley (Hall of Fame pitcher and NESN color analyst) offered some thoughts on the Pittsburgh roster, causing a backlash.

Critiquing the talent level of the Pirates (currently 45-72), Eckerlsey expressed some blunt commentary.

“You talk about a no-name lineup,” said Eckersley. “There’s no team like this. Love to see some of the service time. You add it all up; it’s not much.”

“We just came from Kansas City, seeing all those young kids. This is different, though,” Eckersley added, noting that at least the Royals “have a lot of prospects they’re playing over there.”

“This is a hodgepodge of nothingness,” Eckersley continued. “It’s ridiculous, really is. Pathetic.”

The comments did not go unnoticed by the Pirates, who responded on Wednesday.

“I couldn’t give less of a crap what that guy has to say,” Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Doesn’t change any of our lives. If he wants some air time, he can say whatever he wants.”

Wil Crowe, a Pirates relief pitcher, expressed his disappointment.

“He’s in the Hall of Fame. He’s one of us,” Crowe told Mackey. “It’s just surprising that a guy of his stature would come after us. I think it was kind of crappy and bush league.”

Trivia: Can you name every Major League team Dennis Eckersley played for during his career?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Three American League, two National League.

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Trivia answer: Cleveland, Boston, Chicago (Cubs), Oakland, St. Louis

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