First baseman Matt Hague will take the field at PNC Park today during the Opening Day festivities, wearing a Pirates Major League jersey for the first time in his professional career.
Hague created quite a buzz during spring training --leading the club in batting (.400) and home runs (7) will do that for the 26-year-old, who Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle referred to as 'the hit collector'.
"At first it was kind of overwhelming, but now that’s it kind of sunk in a little, I think more excitement is a better word for it," Hague said after taking batting practice. "I’m ready to have some fun and see what the big league’s are like."
Hague was a 9th round pick in the 2008 draft by Pittsburgh, and has been hitting his way up to Pittsburgh --.321 avg in 2008, .293 avg in 2009, .295 avg in 2010, and a .309 avg in 2011. The first baseman Hague isn't in the starting lineup today, but could very well make his Major League debut at some point during the game in a pinch-hit situation.