For the first time in his career Pittsburgh native David Bednar will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB All-Star Game
Baseball, and sports in general, can provide a lot of really cool and memorable moments. For fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates one of those moments happened on Sunday as Pittsburgh native, Pirate closer, and life-long Pirate fan David Bednar was selected to represent the National League in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
This honor is certainly a well deserved one for Bednar. In 41 innings pitched this season he has been one of the best relievers in the National League. Bednar has posted a 2.63 ERA and 2.64 FIP. He’s walked 7.4% of batters, while striking out 33.7% and allowing just 4 home runs (0.88 HR/9).
After being acquired last offseason in the Joe Musgrove trade, Bednar has quickly become a fan favorite in Pittsburgh. He has been a dominant arm out of the Pirate bullpen during his two seasons with his home town club, as well as having a fiery passion on the field and love for the Pirates that hits home with the fan base.
From cussing at the Cubs to taking the field to “Renegade,” there are plenty of things that cause Yinzers far and wide to love Bednar outside of his performance on the field. Most of all, Bednar is a Yinzer himself.
If Bednar’s career continues on the track it’s on thus far, this will not be his final appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic. Instead, it will be the first of many with his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. Either way, hopefully Bednar will get an opportunity to pitch in the game which can be seen on FOX at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, July 19th.