The Q&A session gets a ton of attention during the Pittsburgh Pirates annual PirateFest. This year was more interesting than any in recent memory. Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington fielded most of the questions during the Friday session:
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle explains his choice in bubblegum.
A season ticket holder asks why fans should invest their time, their hearts and their money in a Pittsburgh Pirates franchise that has failed for twenty seasons.
The Pittsburgh Pirates baserunning has not been very good. Clint Hurdle noticed and addresses his plan for 2013.
Jay Bell will be the Pirates new hitting coach in 2013. Clint Hurdle is a fan.
Clint Hurdle talks about the impact the World Baseball Classic might have on the 2013 season. The roster sizes have been reduced and that change is vital for Hurdle along with whether the player is passionate about playing in the WBC. It was reported that Pedro Alvarez had considered playing, but ‘changed his mind.’
Creative fan sings his version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Please notice ‘Fake Pedro’ Mr. Demetrius Thorn waiting in the question line behind the singer with his arms crossed, a quick face palm, and then a golf clap…
Fake Pedro would like an explanation on the decision to non-tender right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens. Pirates GM explains the reasoning to the season ticket holders on Friday night.
Josh Bell’s injury in 2012 was a big disappointment. Pirates GM Neal Huntington addresses it during the Q&A.
Clint Hurdle is an auto mechanic. Sort of.