Today at McKechnie Field, the Pirates take the field for the first time this year but this is of course no ordinary Spring Training game. Every year around this time Pirates fans take off one day from the arguments over ownership, spending, 5th starter questions, etc, and they join forces to unite against the one team we all agree to hate, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Hated Manatees.
This will be the 12th meeting between the two teams to kick off the Spring Training schedule. Last year the Pirates soundly crushed them 6-1 with back-to-back-to-back homers by Steven Pearce, Brandon Moss and Eric Kratz. Yes, it would've been nice to shut them out but the only run was given up by Jeff Sues who would eventually be released. A harsh lesson to learn but one that needs to be taught, never let the Hated Manatees walk away with any sense of moral victory such as scoring a run.
The first ten meetings between these two teams were fairly lopsided as well with the Pirates sco...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.