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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...

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