Just two weeks into the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates sit atop the NL Central with a 6-1 record – their best start since 1976.
But they did lose that one game to the Twins, for which Steven Brault humbly apologized:
Well, sorry world. We gave it a good try as the last team standing but you’ll have to wait at least one more year for the first 162-0 season. #LetsGoBucs
— Steven Brault (@SquidBrault) April 5, 2018
If you haven’t listened to the IMHO podcast, created and hosted by none other than Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers Trevor Williams and Brault, clear some time in your schedule and catch up on back episodes. They talk about a lot – video games, cereal, music, the list goes on and on (notice I didn’t mention baseball, that’s because they keep shop talk to a minimum). It’s fun, quirky, and entertaining. But don’t get too dependent on regular episodes as the baseball season has started. Their statement:
— IMHO Podcast (@PodcastIMHO) April 3, 2018
Mad props for the shoutout to the “Dudets” who tune in!
Notice the “weather” reference. Williams, a California native who makes his off-season home in Arizona, is a little weather-obsessed. It’s understandable, I mean, snow on opening day is a tragedy. But he tried to meet it with a warm heart (and maybe a Christmas carol or two):
Happy 2018 Home Opener pic.twitter.com/brLaUmaNsN
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) April 2, 2018
Fellow pitcher Josh Smoker also had snow on his mind…
— Josh Smoker (@Josh_Smoker) April 2, 2018
Williams pitched last night in the midst of a very cold very steady rain. Wearing only shirtsleeves, he had this to say after the win:
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) April 7, 2018
It is Supposed to be a Game After All
You can’t find a player more enthusiastic about his sport than Francisco Cervelli. Last year he seemed a bit beaten down, especially as injuries mounted and he wasn’t on the field. This season, there’s a spring in his step that is undeniable. And it’s so great to see.
Felipe Rivero is enjoying being back in the Burgh and soaking up the sun anyway he can…
Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero takes a brief break to soak in the sun in the outfield during batting practice at PNC Park as the team prepares to take on the Reds Thursday. pic.twitter.com/Q8bd3okSqD
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) April 5, 2018
Thank You First Responders
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates will honor first responders at PNC Park – and in advance of the celebration, some of the guys (and their kids) paid a visit to the Deutschtown Fire Station in Pittsburgh recently.
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 6, 2018
Elias Diaz enjoyed himself immensely…
(Rough translation: Working PA firefighters, Nice experience saving lives, it’s not easy the responsibility they have.)
As did Edgar Santana, who says that now he’s an official firefighter (which is true, he just puts out fires of a different sort).
Tonight is our First Responders Night at PNC Park!
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 7, 2018
Welcome to the Show!
One of the most heartwarming moments is baseball is when a player makes his big league debut. Amidst the thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds last night, that happened for pitcher Clay Holmes. Holmes was originally called up for the double-header in Detroit, but was sent back down to the minors when the team headed to the Burgh. But, #BecauseBaseball, he wouldn’t stay in Indy long – getting recalled when starter Joe Musgrove went to the DL. And last night, he got the call in the bullpen that he’d be heading in the game during the eighth. He pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and one run, walking two and striking out two.
— Scott (@bonnett_scott) April 7, 2018
The only disappointment about Holmes’ start was that AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh wasn’t broadcasting the game that night and therefore, the usual fanfare afforded by Pirates broadcasters for such a special moment was sadly absent. Here’s hoping that the crew gives him a little love during the pre-game show tonight.
Holmes had a lot of support from his teammates, many of whom have played alongside him for a few seasons in the Pirates farm system.
All W’s are good. But it’s even sweeter when you get to see a good friend and TJ rehab throwing partner make his debut! Congrats Holmesy, you’re a big leaguer!
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) April 7, 2018
While Corey Dickerson has a few years of major league service under his belt, his family welcomed a new player recently – who he proudly showed off with wife, Beth Anne and his other little cutie on the field at PNC.
— Corey Dickerson (@MCoreyDickerson) April 4, 2018
That’s it for our Social Media Round-up this week – catch us here every Saturday at noon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds today at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park. Have a great weekend and #LetsGoBucs!
Because I believe in leaving on a high note, I’m going to end this piece with something uplifting each week. By now everyone is familiar with usher Phil Coyne, who at 99, with over 88-years of service to the Pirates, has decided to hang up his khakis and Pirates windbreaker and call it a career. The Pirates will honor him, deservedly so, on his 100th birthday later this month. Thanks for everything, Phil!
Pirates long-time usher Phil Coyne announces retirement.
Pirates to honor Phil on April 27, his 100th birthday!
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 6, 2018