Huntington, Hurdle, and Coonelly at Piratefest 2011
On Friday, I went down to the Convention Center to represent Pirates Prospects at Piratefest 2011. The goal was to take in the general feel of the event and sit in on the Question and Answer session at 7 pm with the general public, then go back stage at 7:45 for a special blogger Q&A with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player. Because of all the info gathered on Friday, I thought it would be best to break it up into 2 separate posts. This first one will be just from the General Public Q&A with Coonelly, Huntington, and Clint Hurdle.
Hurdle was clearly the belle of the ball on Friday night. Most of the General Public's questions were directed towards him and he seemed at ease answering the questions in his folksy, down-home way. He has an energy that is constantly bubbling beneath the surface that you can just tell is going to be conveyed towards the players. He is relentlessly optimisti...