A 2-0-1 weekend

The Pirates competed in a trio of ballgames this weekend in the Sunshine State.

They did not lose a single game.

 

 

 

 

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The jolly roger was raised for the first time this spring training season on Friday in a 5-3 win over the Orioles.

One of my favorite prospects in the organization is catcher Tony Sanchez.

tony sanchez.jpgI was able to catch one of Sanchez’s very first minor league games in person back in Youngstown, OH. He was with the State College Spikes facing my hometown Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

He is a very likeable fellow coming out of Boston College. 

In his very first spring training at bat, Sanchez belted a solo homerun off Baltimore’s Troy Patton.

Sanchez is just 21 years old, eight months older than me. It is very funny that someone my age is one of the hottest prospects on a major league ballclub. I guess it is really not too much to fathom as I am a year from graduating college surrounded by Division 1 athletes at one of America’s top sports universities.

Sanchez will probably begin the year in AA Altoona, but will find his way in the ‘Burgh by 2011.

On Saturday the jolly roger may have been raised, but just halfway.

The Pirates and Philies played their way to a 3-3 ten inning tie.

The reining National League champs got hot right off the bat with two runs in the first inning. Pirates starter Kevin Hart looked very sloppy. He looks to be the 5th starter in the rotation so he really needs to hone his mechanics for the remainder of March.

The bottom of the first inning let the Pirates match the Phils, in fact they one upped the boys with Brotherly love. The Buccos scored their only three runs of the contest in the first frame. Ryan Church delievered a two run home run.

On Sunday’s day of rest, the Buc’s bats did anything but. Pittsburgh destroyed absolutely destroyed Minnesota 15-5.

Bobby Crosby gave a good audition for the starting shortstop position with a four RBI performance.

Crosby belted a 3-run homerun while going 2-for-3. It was great to see this guy come through. Whether starting or on the bench he will be vital to the team’s success. Garrett Jones also connected for a homerun, his first of the spring.

The weekend was fun filled with Pirates baseball.

On Sunday it was 30 Clubs/30 Days featuring the Pirates on MLB Network. I think the broadcast team led by Matt Vasgersian really brought to light the hope and promise of the Bucs. They were valiant to praise the efforts of Neil Huntington and the restocked minor league system. They also had good interviews with Lastings Milledge, Andrew McCutchen and Paul Maholm. McCutchen also had a “wired-in” segment with him playing around with teammates comparing his speed to Usain Bolt (a stretch) and hitting an opposite field homerun into the Allegheny River at PNC Park (a bigger stretch).

This weekend I also recieved a package I have long been anticipating.

daveparkerposter.jpgMy Dave Parker poster finally came! I saw this on ebay for a nice price of seven bucks and could not pass it up. It is actually a 7-up ad from the early 80′s. I’m sure the cobra will be so proud to know a college id knows who he is and that the Pirates pride is still stemming from the “We Are Family” days.

On Tuesday I will get the opportunity to see live baseball for the first time in a while.

The West Virginia baseball teams hits the recently snow vacated field to do battle with Duquesne. I once again will be the beat writer for the school newspaper covering the team.

photo credits:piratebox.com, AP/sportingnews

 

5 Comments

Well Matt, what can I say. Tony Sanchez looks sly.

He kind of looks as if he just did something that he is pretty happy about.

It’s kind of freaky.

Okay Tony stop looking at me! Your creeping me out dude. Okay that’s it. I have to stop looking (…….)

15-5 the Pirates beat the Twins. I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing. I would mark that down in the win column with a yellow sharpie if I were you. Me and you are enjoying our wins because we aren’t gonna see much in the RS.
:) But eh that’s baseball and life.

Ted

http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/03/andy-and-russell-a-happy-couple.html

That pic of you and the Parker poster is a classic. I totally dig the pill box hats. Those are great and they only look good with the Pittsburgh “P” on top!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Matt,
I love the poster! That is so cool! And the hats are so classic! Quite a weeend for the Pirates1
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Great poster and thro back hat…. ST games a great cause you never know from one inning to the next….
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Matt, that Parker photo reminded when I had my pillbox cap in 1979. That was the coolest piece of headgear one can have – still is! I mean, with all of the Hip-Hop influenced crap New Era puts out, the Pillbox (black with yellow stripes, of course) stands alone!

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

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