PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Finish. One word which means so much to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After siting in first place on July 25th last season, and posting a 53-47 record, the Pirates fell hard out of the standings. Having lost to the Atlanta Braves in 19 innings on the 26th with a controversial call at the plate, Pittsburgh never saw first place again after being near the top for the first four months of the season.
The team wasn't able to finish. And they ended the season 24 games out going 72-90.
Hanging in each locker during spring training at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., were gray t-shirts. On the front read: Grit Happens. And on the back: Finish. A reminder of what the team needs to do for the new season.
"I have faith in the men in there. I have faith in our organization," ...
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