All Star week drags on for fans missing baseball, but for players, it’s a rare chance to rest and recharge – and the Pittsburgh Pirates did it in style.

The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Josh Harrison to Miami to represent them for the 2017 All Star Game. J-Hay did the Burgh proud (as did his wife and daughter, both looking goorgeous in white).

Read about his time at the game, and see some of his social media posts here.

Much-Needed Downtime

This Insta, from Andrew McCutchen’s new Instagram account, @cutchtwenty2, likely sums up how all of the team and staff felt as the break started:

Going into the break like…

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Jordy Mercer had a front row seat of the recent full moon over his home state of Oklahoma on get-away night after the Pirates THUMPED the Cubs 14-3 on Sunday.

Family Bonding

Jose Osuna spent his time off hanging out with his family. And the family that hangs together, wears the cutest matchy-matchy Jordans together.

De paseo en familia… Los amo @karladosuna2201

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Trevor Williams spent some quality time with son, Ike, apparently terrorizing a hotel somewhere:

All-Star Break Day 2: Wreaking havoc in the hotel 😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤

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Wade LeBlanc has his priorities firmly in order:

They make it really hard to be upset about not making the all-star team.

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Jamo Can’t Catch a Break

First it was Tommy John surgery, then a sports hernia, and then testicular cancer – you’d think Jameson Taillon would have had two lifetimes of illnesses and injuries. But no, he was felled again, and this time on the All Star Break at that. Fortunately, though, this sickness, while no fun (I speak from experience), promises 100% recovery.

That Ancient Grains bowl features miso glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snow pea, grilled portobello, avocado, and hemp seed. No word on whether or not Jamo ordered it with the optional added tofu, chicken, shrimp, grass-fed steak, or steelhead salmon.

Back to the Ol’ Salt Mines

And the best part of the All Star Break – at least from a fan’s perspective is when it’s over and the guys take the field again.

Cutch is ready.

They dont wanna see you shine. Shine anyways @nike @nikebaseball

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It looks like Trevor Williams might be vying to take over Clubhouse DJ duties, and if so his teammates better be ready to jam!

Seemingly, food poisoning behind him (pardon the pun), so is Taillon:

In the Media

Occasionally we happen upon a story or two we can’t help but pass on. This is one of them:

The best line of the article, IMHO, is this:

“I’m lying in bed, hand in my pants, watching TV — just like a guy, you know?” – Jameson Taillon

Who would believe that the most stereotypical man thing, hands down the pants, would be the way Taillon discovered his testicular cancer. Beyond that lighter moment, the article is a wonderful look into the timeline of Jamo’s diagnosis from several very personal perspectives.

That’s all this week for the Pittsburgh Pirates Social Media Round-up. Our long national nightmare is over and Pirates baseball is back tonight The Bucs take on the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-game home stand beginning at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park. 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