Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lincoln-Snider Trade. Worth the risk.

Since when is Brad Lincoln the next Mariano Rivera? Did I miss something the past 3 years he was in the majors? Pirates fans (and I use that term loosely) are straight up losing it on Twitter this morning, all because of a late-night trade between the Pirates and Blue Jays.

Trust me, I'm as big of a 2012 Lincoln fan as anyone else out there - dude has put up some great numbers in the bullpen this season including a 4-2 record and 2.73 ERA in 59.1 innings. He's done all that the Pirates organization could ask of him. I'm not arguing his value on the team this season and I can definitely understand where people are coming from: it's hard to let those type of numbers just slip out from your fingers. My reason for this rant is because I've noticed on Twitter that more than half of the people coming up on my timeline are completely against this trade, and it makes me really wonder: why?

I've come up with two answers to my own question:

1. No one in Pittsburgh has ever heard of Travis Snider. Totally understandable! The 24-year old left-handed outfielder is not a big name player like other, more established outfielders that have been linked to the Pirates in all of the trade rumors.  These names include Arizona's Justin Upton, Philadelphia's Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, and most recently Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo; which leads to me my second answer...

2. The dear people of Pittsburgh seem to be after a name, not the talent. The same people that appear to be anti-Snider are the same people who just last week were using the hashtag #FreeMarte. If these people would take a moment to take advantage of Google, they can easily see that Travis Snider (AKA "Lunchbox") has better minor league numbers than Starling Marte at a similar age.*

I'm not saying this trade wasn't risky - what trade isn't? Especially when your team is still considered a playoff contender entering August, but do me a favor and break out your basic baseball logic for a minute here. The back of a bullpen is always changing, and the Pirates currently have a plethora of pitchers in Indianapolis ready to prove their stuff in The Show. 24-year old left-handed power hitters aren't so easy to come by, and are you really satisfied with the Pirates offense? How can Snider prove to be any worse than Alex Presley has been?

Baseball is a game of risks. Believe it or not, Huntington may actually know what he's doing. He's looking for more than one year of success. As the old saying goes: Rome wasn't built in a day.

Keep on BUCN, my friends.

*As stated by Rich from thisisgettingold.net

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Animal Rescue League and The Classy Yinzer

Well, I am at it again. We are going to release our Animal Rescue League Zoltan shirt over at http://teespring.com/classyARL

2000 shirts = $20,000 dollars for the ARL
We can also sell over 2000 shirts up until the deadline of August 13th at 9:00 PM
More shirts = more money for the wild, sick and homeless animals of Pittsburgh


Please place your order and let your friends know!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Free pittsburgh #zoltan shirt contest 7-24

Send us a picture of you doing the zoltan sign today. Deadline is midnight. Tweet it to @theclassyyinzer and use hashtag #classyzoltan
If you don't have twitter you can email your picture submit@theclassyyinzer.com

I must get 100 pictures or the contest will void itself. 1 random participant will win a shirt of choice. Deadline is 7-24 at 11:59 pm est.

I will be using all pictures for a commercial video. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Oakmont Bakery and The Classy Yinzer

For those of you that live near Pittsburgh and can travel to the Oakmont Bakery http://www.oakmontbakery.com/

Our Zoltan design is now on a cake, and more designs may come available in the future.

Go Bucs.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Best of the Batch Foundation fundraiser

OK everyone, Zoltan fever is sweeping Pittsburgh and I want to take advantage of it. I am selling these shirts through Teespring.com which is a campaign outlet that sells shirts in order to raise money for a cause. We need to meet our goal of 2000 shirts and we will raise $20,000 for Charlie Batch's foundation: Best of the Batch http://www.batchfoundation.org/about.shtml

Once we reach the goal, the shirts are printed and shipped to your door. If we do not reach the goal, nothing is done and you are refunded.

It seems like a cool deal and I know we can do it.

To order your shirts, visit: http://teespring.com/classyyinzerbestofthebatch

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Send us pics of you wearing our shirts!

Starting a collection!
Thanks to @l00dle for posing for this 1wearing her new shirt
#Zoltan #BUCN

Monday, July 9, 2012

PittZburgh Shirts Zoltan

Purchase by clicking above and checking out our shirts n'at
Glad to be working with Jason Grilli of the Pirates @grillcheese46 on a charity t-shirt, more details to come as the plan falls together.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Original Angels in the Outfield: Pittsburgh 1951

With baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates in last place (a situation reflecting the club's contemporary real-life woes), their combative, foul-mouthed manager Guffy McGovern has plenty to complain about. All this changes when, while wandering through Forbes Field in search of his good luck charm one night, Guffy is accosted by the voice of an angel (voice of James Whitmore), who hints at having been a ballplayer during his earthly life.
As the spokes-angel for the Heavenly Choir Nine, a celestial team of deceased ballplayers, he begins bestowing "miracles" upon the Pirates — but only on the condition that McGovern put a moratorium on swearing and fighting.
With the help of the invisible ghosts of past baseball greats, the Pirates make it into the pennant race. During a game, 8-year-old orphan Bridget White insists that she can see the angels helping out the "live" ballplayers — understandably so, since it was Bridget's prayers to the Archangel Gabriel that prompted the angel to visit McGovern in the first place.
Local newspaper reporter and former "household hints" writer Jennifer Paige inadvertently transforms Bridget's angelic visions into a nationwide news story, causing McGovern no end of trouble. After Guffy is beaned during a game and himself confirms Bridget's claims, he falls into the hands of vengeful sportscaster Fred Bayles, who has been scheming to have McGovern thrown out of baseball and persuades the Commissioner of Baseball to investigate McGovern's fitness as a manager.
Complication piles upon complication until the pennant-deciding game, wherein Guffy is forced to rely exclusively upon the talents of his ballplayers — notably "over the hill" pitcher Saul Hellman (who, the angel has told Guffy, will be "signed up" by the Heavenly Choir team shortly). Guffy also wins over Jennifer, and they plan to adopt young Bridget.
The angels themselves are never actually seen by the viewing audience, just the effects of their presence - a feather dropping, or someone being jostled from time to time. The angel who talks to Guffy never reveals who he was in life. It being a time when profanity was never used in films, the "swearing" uttered by Guffy is audio gibberish, scrambled recordings of his own voice.
-via WikiPedia

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Zoltan Hand Signal, and The Zoltan Shirts: BUCN

First off let me say, the Pittsburgh Pirates are breathing life into a sports town after it's predominant teams ending their seasons in unforeseen fashion. Our beloved Steelers lose a heartbreaker to the Broncos, and the Pens lose a disappointing opening series to the Flyers.
Either way, this town is filled with a buzz called Pirates baseball. Not only do they currently sit atop the National League Central Division, but they are winning with excitement and long balls.

The team has adopted a hand signal from the movie, "Dude, Where's My Car." This signal is called Zoltan.

Well, as being the master shirt designer here at TheClassyYinzer.com, I struggled to come up with a Zoltan shirt design for a few weeks. I worked on it for a while, and then @CWPress released their design. There design is the black shirt with the yellow hands that is popular, and I like it a lot. However, I knew I could create something better. My aha moment occured after watching an Andrew McCutchen base clearing double. He flashed the Zoltan sign towards the bench, while still wearing his batting gloves. Then I came up with this:

 You can purchase a shirt with or without "Raise It" printed above. There is also a darker version with black gloves that is used for yellow or white shirts as well as the design below.
 A follower on Twitter asked me to create a Lumberyard shirt as well.
 And after a long drive home in the rain last night, this idea came to me. The newest Pierogie: Zesty Zoltan, hahah
All of our shirts can be found in our online store: http://theclassyyinzer.blogspot.com/p/our-t-shirt-shop.html

Thank you for the amazing support and follow us on Twitter: @theclassyyinzer

Zesty Zoltan: Shirts

Newest Pierogi

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shero (still) For President

Well, that was sure a kick in the nuts, wasn't it?  As Pittsburgh sports fans, we tend to believe that our city is the ultimate destination for any big time athlete, especially hockey players.  I mean, what's not to love?  Top-notch ownership with a willingness to do whatever it takes to win? Check.  A team with a championship tradition?  Check.  A state-of-the-art building that will be among the best in the country for at least the rest of your career?  Yep.  A city that has an extremely passionate and positive (yes, I'm looking at you, Philly) fan base, a low cost of living, and a recent "most livable city in America" title?  Check, check, and check.  A cast of star players, capable of being Cup contenders for the next decade-plus?  Obviously.  So, after a four day hostage situation, Princess Parise and his sidekick Suter decided to sign to play in um.......Minnesota???  Yeah, that stings just a little.

I, like most Pens fans, was on #PariseWatch 24/7 since high noon on Sunday.  Really, with all of the young defensemen on the way, I couldn't care less about Suter, and I'm actually really happy we didn't get stuck with that contract.  But, with Parise I was all in.  I kept talking myself into thinking he had to come here.  He must want to play with Sid in the worst kind of way.  I hung on every TSN report and vague tweet spewing from Rob Rossi's keyboard, praying for good news.  This was the one solid chance at the "winger for Sid" that we've all bitched about at some point over the past six years.  But, at the end of the day, Parise talked Suter into teaming up and taking their collective talents to the North Pole (or damn close to it).  They made their decision.  They decided to hook up in some sort of strange bromance, and lose themselves in mediocrity for the next 13 years.  Not sure why anyone, no matter where you're from, would want to tie themselves to the Arctic Circle for that length of time, but so be it.  The puck will drop in October, and you better believe that the Pens' roster will be a hell of a lot more talented than the Wild's when it does.

As the season gets closer, we'll begin to forget about the crazy reality show that was the past four days, and we'll again focus on our own team and its Stanley Cup chances.  Let's get one thing straight.  One or both of these prized free agents would have certainly put the Penguins over the top, to Miami Heat-type levels, of Stanley Cup favorites.  However, as it has been said by many rational Pens fans today, most (ok, all) NHL teams would love to have the "problem" of settling for an active roster that contains Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury.  This team will have a great chance to win the Stanley Cup next June.  Not to mention, Ray Shero has $10+ million to play with under the cap for the rest of the summer, the trade deadline, and/or next summer.  Although, 'at Ray Shero is an absolute bum, a complete jagoff.  He has no idea hah ta build a successful hockey team.  Run him aht a tahn.  He ain't no good and can't lure any a 'em big time players to play dahn Picksburgh.

Excuse me?  When I logged onto Facebook and Twitter after returning home from today's Pirates third straight beatdown of Houston, (wooooooooo) my eyes couldn't believe what my computer screen was telling them.  Pittsburgh Penguins "fans" were legitimately blowing up social media sites, including posts made by the official Penguins accounts, calling Shero out for his obvious ineptitude.  The only logical reaction, upon reading this nonsense, from one of a dying breed of pre-2005 Pens fans, was a facepalm and a loud "What the fuck!?" even in an empty room.  Can anyone seriously call Ray Shero anything but one of the absolute best general managers in all of professional sports?  Is it even possible to consider him to be any less at this point?  This is the man that has made a living turning the smelliest of turds into golden nuggets.  He turned Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, and Colby Armstrong into Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.  Ryan Whitney (easily a bottom-5 all-time NHL defenseman) into Chris Kunitz.  Alex Goalagainstski into Matt Niskanen and James Neal.  Not to mention, bringing in solid draft classes, signing star-caliber players for far less than market value, and almost always knowing when and when not to pull the trigger on signing a player.  And this is the man we're going to throw under the bus?  Get a grip.

Now, I am admittedly still on the fence about the Staal deal.  I think it is impossible to measure Jordan Staal's value to this hockey team.  You certainly can't measure it with goals and assists.  Surely, he will be missed, and we'll probably lose a couple games because of it.  It would be easy to understand the deal if this was a team on the rise with no chance to compete this year.  I may be in the minority, but I would have rather had Jordan Staal for one last Cup run, rather than some assortment of players that may or may not work out in the long run.  However,  it was very obvious that Staal wasn't going to be around beyond 2013.  Shero got as big of a return for him as he could, and was able to do Jordan a personal favor in the process.  It's hard to blame him for that.  I'm sure three or four years down the road, when Sutter is a Selke finalist and Pouliot wins the Calder, this will be just another laugher of a Ray Shero deal, just another in a long line of GMs that he has raped since he's been here.  The bottom line is, this fan base's motto shouldn't be "It's a great day for hockey," it should always be "In Shero we trust."  And if you can't understand that, I've got two words for you......Get off. (the bandwagon)

Zoltan Lumberyard

This design is all you need.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Zoltan Buccos contest.

While throwing up the Zoltan sign might not be the new Tebowing, I want to see it.

I will make a Zoltan video to feature on our site, but I need your pictures.
Send an email to submit@theclassyyinzer.com or tweet us @theclassyyinzer with a picture of you and your friends throwing up the sign. Deadline is 7/7. I will post pictures as I receive them. All pictures will be accepted.

1 lucky person who submits a pic will win a free Zoltan shirt from our store.