20-long years the Pirates were usually found at the bottom of the standings but a playoff appearance last season ignited many dormant baseball fans in Pittsburgh who were longing for a winner.
As they took to McKechnie Field for a final workout Thursday morning, it was against a backdrop of published pundits not giving them much of a shot to return to the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to trim their roster ahead of Opening Day on Monday.
Today was a big day for Francisco Liriano as the slated Opening Day starter tested out his injured groin to see if he’d be able to go on Monday when the Chicago Cubs come to town.
They were the pivotal figures of the 2013 season. McCutchen and Burnett and they could not have had more contrasting off seasons; Burnett into seclusion and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen delivering the highest profile proposal of the year.
Though there’s much speculation about Francisco Liriano’s availability for Opening Day, the Pirates set their rotation for the first week of the season.
Francisco Liriano has been named the Pirates Opening Day starter since the middle of February, but that may be in jeopardy as General Manager Neal Huntington revealed some issues with Liriano’s groin that may hold him out.
According to 93-7 The FAN’s Pirates pre- and post-game host Dan Zangrilli, Clint Hurdle has already named lefty Francisco Liriano the team’s Opening Day starter when they host the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31 at 1:05 p.m.
The Pirates trotted right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett out to the mound on Monday against the Cubs, the 36-year-old making his first Opening Day start in a career that began in 1999.
Every team draws a big crowd on Opening Day and many professional sports teams like the Pirates use promotional items to get them to come back.
Opening Day at PNC Park is a chance to get re-acquainted with familiar faces. And we’re not just talking about the team.
Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said they are going to fight every day and believes they have made steps to be better in 2013.
Fans began filing into PNC Park for Opening Day around noon, but the celebration started well before that.
Pirates President, Frank Coonelly joined the Fan Morning Show live in the PNC Park broadcast booth to preview Opening Day.
Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates is Monday and there are some road closures and detours to be aware of.