Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: Giving Thanks

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans the world over will be enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday today.

If one were to put the major holidays into a batting order, Thanksgiving would — for me — bat towards the top of the order as a traditional table-setter (get it?), not only because it is food-centric, but also in that it gets us ready for the Christmas season, which undoubtedly bat third in a traditional manager’s lineup.

Memorial Day would lead off, as it is an unofficial kick off to summer. In the same way, Labor day would be a cleanup hitter as it comes at the end of summer.

We’ll stop there, but here’s what we decided our holiday lineups would look like:

Pittsburgh Pirates thankful for…

Here’s an off the cuff list of what some Pittsburgh Pirates should be thankful for this year.

  • Chad Kuhl might want to give thanks for developing a curveball that should keep him in the team’s starting rotation.
  • Andrew McCutchen should be thankful for a bounce-back year. Yep.
  • Gerrit Cole should be thankful for an 8.7 SO/9 and 3.53 SO/W to offset his ugly 1.4 HR/9.
  • Gregory Polanco should be thankful that the 2017 season mercifully is over, and that he can look ahead with a clean slate.
  • Ditto for Starling Marte
  • Jose Osuna, Max Moroff and Jordan Luplow should be thankful for getting an opportunity for some MLB PAs, which will only strengthen their careers and the Pirates’s organization.
  • Manager Clint Hurdle should be thankful for double bubble.
  • Trevor Williams should be thankful for Twitter. And, we should all be thankful that he is on Twitter.


On a serious note, we all should be thankful for Jameson Taillon‘s recovery from testicular cancer.

And, a thank you to….you!

Pirates Breakdown would like to thank you, the reader, most of all. Our little outlet here has grown steadily from our humble beginnings in late 2015. We had our best season ever in 2017 in terms of readership, and we are so excited to continue grinding away. Our stated goal from Day One has been to push the conversation around the Pittsburgh Pirates forward. By and large, we have done just that, but we couldn’t do it without you.

We have big plans for the winter meetings and the rest of the hot stove season, before we attack 2018 with everything we got. We THANK YOU for taking the ride with us!

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)