Sure, they may be the State College of Florida now, but we all know that today’s game is a revenge matchup against the Hated Manatees, who upset the Pirates a year ago in their annual charity game. Today’s lineup and pitching rotation, thanks to Rob Biertempfel via the Trib and Twitter:
Not exactly the lineup that we’ll see carrying the Pirates to their first winning season in 18 years, but who can complain? Baseball is here, and optimism is in the air. First step: beat the Manatees. Second step: winning season.