Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Action – Bromances, #PlantanoPower, The World Baseball Classic and an anti-PED message for young athletes

A Budding Bromance

Last year the Blue Jays had Stroman and Sanchez, best friend pitchers who entertainedΒ fans with their friendship and antics. Could Trevor Williams and Steven Brault be the next great baseball bromance? Judging from their Spring Training activities, all signs point to “Yes.”

Williams logged off of social media for Lent, so Brault is actually doing double duty on social to help ensure Trev’s fans get enough updates to sustain them through these dark times. And for that we say, Thank you SquidBrault Skoobah!

There does seem to be some competition for Brault’s attention, however, in one Nick Kingham.

When Jona says smile at the camera, you smile too much and make her upset with the cheesey results

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While last week’s media reports of a “feud” between Williams and Brault were manufactured for a few extra clicks, per Steven:

a very REAL one could develop between Williams and Kingham if he keeps mugging with Trevor’s bestie like that (100% KIDDING).

An Important Cause

Jared Hughes is as good a guy as they come, both on and off the field. He’s working to use his position to share a positive message with young athletes:

He was recently named to the MLB Advisory Board for the Taylor Hooten Fund, which isΒ a non-profit organization leading a national campaign to educate youth and their adult influencers about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs including anabolic steroids, hGH, and unregulated dietary supplements, according to their website. Their All Me League was created to raise awareness and stop the growing trend of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and other harmful substances in sports and fitness, its website says. Their Advisory Board, comprised of one member from every MLB team, works to share the message of being PED-free with fans and other athletes, both professional and amateur. Hughes’s former teammate Neil Walker is also a member, representing the New York Mets.

Little Ones

Jared and his wife welcomed a bouncing baby boy during the off-season, and dad finally gave everyone a peek at the little slugger last week:

The little man's first baseball game yesterday!

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Pat Light shared a fun TBT of a time when he was just a wee-one as well.

Online Security

Recent news reports indicate that flashing the peace sign in photos is now a security risk – apparently hackers can pull the prints off of your index and middle fingers and use them to access all sorts of online info and even steal your identity. Juan Nicasio found a way to thwart hackers and flash that sign anyway!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRfRho_AiRw/?taken-by=juan_nicasio

He needs to share that knowledge with teammates Jose Osuna and Alen Hanson.

Con mi hermanito @alenhanson el popular Ricky bobby

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World Baseball Classic

Many of the Pirates Stars are off playing in the World Baseball Classic. Catcher Francisco Cervelli is playing for Team Italy – he’s Italian on his dad, Manuel’s side, who he calls “The person responsible for all of this.”

El responsable de esto. @cervellimanuel

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Team Italy pulled off an amazing 9th inning comeback over Team Mexico, sparked by a Cervy double on Thursday. They’re on fire on the field, and likely to be named best-dressed team off the field.

Guadalajara lets gooooooooo #wbc @tiagofelipedasilva22 @pippocrepaldi19

A post shared by Francisco Cervelli (@fran_cervelli) on

Starling Marte is all geared up for his stint on Team Dominican Republic.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRTpB4tlLZM/?taken-by=marte06

The team has theΒ best rallying cry/hashtag in the game – #PlantanoPower.Β And from the looks of this photo, Gregory Polanco is just as enthused!

A Fitting Memorial

Defending World Baseball Classic Champs Team Dominican Republic are honoring fellow-countrymen Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura – who perished in separate auto accidents on the same day in January, by hanging their Team DR jerseys in the dugout.

It hit Daniel Hudson right in the…

Final Thought

In this world filled with negativity and animosity, it’s important to take a moment once in a while to reflect on good things. This week, that comes in the form of a sunset by Josh Bell.

Nothing beats sunsets on Siesta Key @brandon.sherard

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And a little bit of Smokey Robinson from David Freese (great seats, BTW!)

The King of Motown

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That’s all this week for the Pittsburgh Pirates Social Media Round-up. The Pirates take on the Baltimore Orioles, who are rumored to be close to a deal with former Bucco Pedro Alvarez, at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.Β Have a great week and #LetsGoBucs

 

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Joy Frank-Collins

Joy Frank-Collins is a Communications professional who got her start writing as a journalist at a daily newspaper in southeastern Ohio. She was born in Reds country, but "found" baseball watching the 1986 Mets win the World Series. She lives in Marietta, Ohio, with her family, who all share her passion for Pirates baseball. She loves the suicide squeeze, a crisp 6-4-3 double play and catchers (especially Russell Martin). When not obsessing over baseball, Joy likes to work out, travel and drink wine. Check her out on Instagram @JoyFC