Troy Loney wrote:Anyone know why Dejan was going crazy again on twitter last night? Somehing about Coonelly being in Altoona?
Coonelly did an interview on an Altoona radio station so most of the Pittsburgh media cried about him not doing it here and trying to avoid them.
Chris Mueller was among the more vocal about this last night (along with Dejan and Dunlap), and he addressed it via Twitter and his show.
I do think he made a couple of valid points, and I agree with him on these. Basically, his criticism was this:
Coonelly did the interview in Altoona after apparently turning down repeated requests over the last month or so from both 93.7 (the flagship) and other Pittsburgh-based media to address the concerns about the system. These requests were denied even after the national media began reporting some of the things that Dejan wrote.
By doing so, Coonelly chose his first opportunity to publicly address these concerns not to his core Pittsburgh market - the market that was most instrumental in pushing attendance to 2 million people this past season. Instead, he chose to address these issues via a 5000-watt, non-affiliated radio station 100 miles away from his core market. The vast majority of his core market could not have heard his interview on a clear, cool night.
I think those are valid points. When fans have concerns like these, they want to hear from the front office. The front office's focus should be on reaching the largest volume of people who showed up to buy tickets this past season, and it's reasonable to assume that most of the people who filled PNC Park last season came from within range of the Pittsburgh-based media market.
If you're NOT going to address these issues through the local markets, at least go bigger. Go national. He certainly would've had justification for skipping the Pittsburgh media for that. Instead, his chosen forums were a gathering of 150 fans and a tiny radio market out of broadcast range of his core fanbase.
Maybe the media IS making more of it than the fans actually are, but can the Pirates afford to assume that right now? After the worst fall from playoff contention in Major League history and some of the other organizational issues that have come to light?