Dennis Eckersley sets Pirates on fire during Red Sox broadcast

Dennis Eckersley will soon be leaving the Red Sox booth. He probably won’t watch many Pirates games as a casual fan.

The Hall of Fame 67 reliever set fire to the Pirates’ “pathetic” roster during Boston’s 5-3 win on Tuesday night.

“You’re talking about an unnamed line-up. There is no team like this,” Eckersley said. “This is a mishmash of nothing. It’s ridiculous. It is real.”

Eckersley and his broadcast partner, Dave O’Brien, negatively compared the Pirates’ rebuilding to the one the Royals are running.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s real. Pathetic,” Eckersley said with the Red Sox already leading 5-0 in the second inning.

The Pirates are 45-71 this season and together are 194-306 in the last three seasons.

Fortunately for the legendary A’s closer, this will likely be the last series he has to see the Pirates play. Eckersley told the Boston Globe that he will be leaving the NESN booth after the season.

Dennis Eckersley will be honored by the A's on September 21, 2019.
Dennis Eckersley will be honored by the A’s on September 21, 2019.
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The Pirates are in the midst of a massive renovation.
The Pirates are in the midst of a massive renovation.
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“Having grandchildren in the Bay Area and visiting them in the off-season pushed me forward,” Eckersley said. “I just knew you had to be with the kids. Those formative years, you have to be there.”


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