Pittsburgh Pirates Podcast: Let the Oneil Cruz Era Begin
By Trey Yanity
THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Rum Bunter Radio is back! …and so are the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In this episode of RBR, the crew returns to discuss a medley of topics surrounding the youth movement currently taking place in Pittsburgh.
The show begins with a recap of what could be the most exciting few days for Pirates fans in over half a decade, the callup of Oneil Cruz, Bligh Madris and other youngsters like Liover Peguro.
The city was left confused last weekend when they heard the name Peguero in place of Cruz, but was excited to see another talented prospect who collected his first career hit against the Giants on Saturday.
Why did it take so long? Service time manipulation could be the answer, but on Monday Pirates fans had to wait no more as Oneil Cruz made his season debut and did not disappoint.
Garnering national attention for his speed on the bases, exit velos and laser of an arm, the question begins to arise on when Pittsburgh should aim to lock up the star shortstop. The guys discuss and explain the factors that may prevent a massive contract for the time being.
As the show continues the focus is shifted to a Rum Bunter Radio hall of famer, Bligh Madris. Not only did Cruz turn heads on monday evening, but Bligh Madris’ three hit night didn’t go unnoticed.
How long will Madris have his opportunity in the bigs? And where will he play in the long run?
Not only Bligh guy, but many young Bucs may return to triple a as injuries are cleared and roster spots are needed.
To close out the show the guys give a minor league update, and detail who to lookout for this week in Pirates baseball.
Batten down the hatches, clear the decks and enjoy this episode of Rum Bunter Radio!