Analysis

Zoltan Bonding Club, Fans Together

Zoltan Bonding Club, Fans Together

Dan O'Brian (far left) and fellow Pirates fans flash the "Z" outside PNC Park

It started on a road trip at the end of April when the Pirates were sitting below .500 and fourth in the National League Central. Second baseman Neil Walker was flipping through the channels in the clubhouse while on the road in Atlanta. "Dude, Where's my Car?", a comedy from 2000, was on the TV. Having not seen the movie for a while, the guys in the clubhouse left it on.

Little did they know that a scene in the movie where they flash a  "Z" for Zoltan would become a craze bonding not only the club, but the Pirates fans together in part of an incredible first half of the season.

"That Zoltan thing is special," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "My kids were trying to get me to do it at home and I did it backwar...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

With Rosters Expanding Soon, a Look at the Pirates’ Call-Up Candidates

Brian PelozaAugust 29, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gift Ngoepe’s Unique Path Has Him One Step From the Majors

Brian PelozaAugust 28, 2016
Victor Ngoepe TW 62516

Victor Ngoepe Shows That Strong Defense at Shortstop Runs in the Family

Tim WilliamsAugust 28, 2016
Adrian Valerio TW 81416 4

Adrian Valerio Adds to the Growing Shortstop Depth in the Pirates’ System

Tim WilliamsAugust 26, 2016
Stephen Alemais TW 8616 4

Stephen Alemais Shores Up Error-Prone West Virginia Infield

Abigail MiskowiecAugust 25, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Breaking Down Gerrit Cole’s Recent Struggles After Today’s 5-4 Pirates Loss

Alan SaundersAugust 24, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects