The President of the Pirates organization and all of his underlings are not placed there by the electoral process or - let's face it - they would have done something to improve your team by now or they would already be gone. It is therefore up to the fans of the Pirates, people like YOU - to start small and create a bigger wave so they will get off their duffs and start making positive things happen on the field. There is no better way to begin expressing your displeasure at the current state of things in the Pirates than to stage your walkout, but what about afterwards?
Though I live in the west and am a Yankees fan (my imaginary therapist says I was dropped on my head once too many times when I was younger), I have relatives in the Pittsburgh area and totally understand your plight - you deserve much better than the current Pirate organization has to offer.
A walkout might be effective judging by the media attention Baltimore's walkout not too many moons ago garnered, but unless YOU STAY AWAY FROM THE PARK WITHOUT PAYING FOR TICKETS IN THE FIRST PLACE, you are never going to get the ownership's undivided attention. Sure, a walkout makes a point, but the tickets are already bought.
Once the turnstiles stop clicking on a more regular basis, however, maybe the bigwigs behind the big desks will start to care a little more. More permanent solutions apparently are going to require a basic grassroots campaign because management obviously will not take the initial steps to rectify the situation on its own, and it is fans like you - the supposed little guy - who will in the end make the difference and help the Pirate organization recover from this present period of below-average teams. It is through campaigns outside the ballpark (get signatures to send to the brass decrying the lousy state of baseball in your fair city!), radio call-in shows, or ANYTHING THAT WILL GET THE MEDIA'S ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR STORIES that you will help you start to turn things around.
No, it isn't going to be easy and you will sometimes think that no one really cares, but people are funny when they feel that they are a part of a successful cause - things just start to snowball.
The key is not to simply lie back and take it, because the Pirates are YOUR team, not the owner's, and if you and other Pirate fans can draw attention in a manner that doesn't make you appear to be a quart short of a gallon, so to speak, you may have a chance of turning things around there. Isn't this the "American Way"? Make your point in a tasteful, though eye-catching way that will make people sit up and take notice, as well as get the attention of the people in the front office. Believe me - once the money stops coming into the coffers in a significant amount and the sentiment of the Pittsburgh area is known, they will either get out of town and sell the team to someone who cares, or - more than likely they will start efforts to put a team together that can compete once again like the former great Pirate teams did.
Best of luck! I like happy relatives! They are easier to visit!
Not to be rude, but the dumbest thing we can do as sports fans is PAY TO ATTEND A GAME if we are unhappy about things. Players strike, so why can't fans? Really - how long can an organization survive if nobody pays to walk through the turnstiles, and the fans turn their attention to something else? Believe it or not, there are plenty of wholesome, interesting activities to do ANYWHERE if one simply uses his or her imagination and seeks something away from the ball park! A couple empty stadiums with no one to watch, buy concessions, or anything else related to the game will have nothing less than AN EARTHSHAKING AFFECT on all involved - it is predictable.