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 t...

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