Pirates Caffeine: A Boy and His Bucs

 

Sports Illustrated has a cool story of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates.  Senior writer Austin Murphy, who worshipped the Pirates as an 11-year-old in 1971, attended the recent reunion of the 71 World Series champs. Murphy listened to players like Dave Giusti, Steve Blass and Bill Mazeroski recount memories from their winning season – facing dominant Orioles starters in the World Series, joking around in the clubhouse, fielding the first-ever starting lineup that consisted solely of black and Latino players – and realized that the team’s success was rooted in its off-field camaraderie. Check it out…

Jameson Taillon allowed only a broken bat single in his first start since his pec injury.

Tony Sanchez told the Altoona Mirror he has made some adjustments to his swing.  He had a bomb, and apparently just missed another one. 

“I’m making a couple of adjustments as far as my approach goes and some mechanical adjustments.  Today I put a couple good swings on the ball and finally got some lift and some backspin like I know I can.”

The offensively challenged Altoona Curve might get a jolt from Derek Jeter.

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