Spring Training Video: Pirates Closer Joel Hanrahan All Business Versus Rays


The Pittsburgh Pirates

were 10-3 winners over the Tampa Bay Rays in the Grapefruit League opener in Bradenton.  There was much to cheer about for Pirates fans.   As we continue to sort through the positives of the Spring for the Bucs, one thing stood out today.   They have a healthy closer.

Joel Hanrahan, who earned the job as the Pirates closer with his fine performance in 2010 got his first work of Spring Training.  It was fun to watch.

Hanrahan entered the game in the sixth inning–without his Slipknot music (we would have paid big money to see the old timers in the crowd react to that symphony.)  But on this day, Hanrahan didn’t need it.  He was all business.


This looked like a strike to us…. Notice how Hanrahan doesn’t even react. We tried to tell you. He. Is. A. Machine.

Hanrahan gets two strikes on Russ Canzler and Leslie Anderson steals second.

The Terminator takes care of business.

Hanrahan wraps up his one inning of work by getting CF Brandon Guyer to dribble to first. Joel got some shit from 1B Coach Hendrick after this play. He pointed at Hanrahan as he headed to the dugout.  Hendrick might have thought Hanrahan got into the baseline, but as you can see, he was mistaken.

And some advice Mr. Hendrick, spend less time messing with Hanrahan and more time trying to get those kids to hit.

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