Baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates are officially back! And with it the return of Rum Bunter Radio for episode 79!
In this episode the crew sits down with Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to learn about his background, discuss the new CBA and preview what 2022 looks like for the Buccos.
Mackey, a Pittsburgh native, knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career that allowed him to be around the game of baseball.
After covering the Penguins throughout their most recent dominance, Mackey received the opportunity to cover Pirates’ baseball as well.
Throughout the show he shares his favorite memories, and recounts stories of legendary players and managers he’s had the chance to work around.
Covering a 162 game regular season is no light feat, and for Mackey this is something that takes a strong support system to make work.
As the episode continues, Jason details the process of developing relationships with players and coaches, and gives his insight of the differences in hockey and baseball.
Now stationed out of Bradenton, Pirates City, for the remainder of Spring Training 2022, he gives the guys an update from camp.
In a year where we didn’t have much expedition for an on-time start, Mackey depicts the chaos of players and staff reporting to training, and how it looks different this season than most.
To close out the episode Jason gives his insight on the 2022 Pittsburgh Pirates, and who he expects to see get the call by the time things are all said and done this year.
For more on Jason, and to find his work be sure to follow him on Twitter @JMackeyPG.
Rum Bunter Radio will return next week to break down the new CBA, and the 2022 season.
Batten down the hatches, clear the decks, episode 79 of Rum Bunter Radio is here!