PITTSBURGH -- Although spring training isn’t officially underway until the first workout held on February 19th in Bradenton, Fla., there was a sign on Friday that it isn’t too much longer until Pirate City and McKechnie field begin to see the full-squad in action.
Scott Bonnett, who has been the Pirates equipment manager for the past 12 years, along with other employees and members of the clubhouse staff, began filling the equipment truck for spring training today.
Shortly after 9 AM, the truck will travel nearly 1,100 miles to Bradenton, Fla., where the Pirates train for spring training.
This year there is little weight and training equipment packed onto the truck. The Pirates decided to ship it directly down to Florida. Bonnett said some bats are here, and some are already in Florida.
What is loaded onto the trucks this year is personal items --shirts, jackets, pants, hats and the batting practice tops, along with some personal luggage, which included pink bikes, golf clu...