I didn't quite think about the irony that the BBC's version of the Pittsburgh story
highlighted the Pirates. In fact, the story had a picture of PNC Park with this line:
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a symbol of the city's transformation
Which really was a backhanded compliment at best
these days It takes the New Yorker to make sense of the line and what was lost in interpretation
The Pirates? The franchise about which the kindest thing Pittsburgh sports fans say is, “They keep us humble”? Actually, it sort of makes sense. Part of the credit for Pittsburgh’s revival goes to its education sector, and that’s more or less the business the Pirates are in: the minute one of their players gets good, they trade him to a team that can win.
I fear a bit that the BBC meant the double entendre.... or was it such an obvious dis that it was just a single entendre.