P3 Episode 19: Catching Up With Rocco DeMaro

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode 19 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. It has been a few weeks since our last podcast. We recorded a show a few weeks ago, but the Pirates traded for Marlon Byrd the next day which made the podcast outdated before we had the chance to post it. Then we waited through illness, waited until the Pirates made all of their moves, then finally waited until the Pirates won number 82. That leads us to this special episode, following up the Pirates first winning season.

It wouldn’t be fitting if we just did a normal episode. So instead James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) and I invited special guest Rocco DeMaro (@RoccoDeMaro) on to the show this week. You may remember Rocco as the host of Pirates Extra Innings, and the leader of the resistance. Highlights of the show include:

**Rocco is working for GameTrailers.com now, where he hosts the Side Mission Briefing podcast. This week he had Neal Huntington on the show, talking about the winning season. They also talked about sports video games, and how they compare to the real deal with building a franchise. It was a very entertaining interview, regardless of whether you’re a Pirates fan, a sports video game fan, or both.

**We started off discussing some of the moves that were made when Rocco was the host of the post game show. That was during the early Huntington years, including 2008-2010, which were some rough years where the Pirates were in total rebuild and made a few mistakes during the process.

**One of the moves we discussed was the Nate McLouth trade, which Rocco was high on at the time of the deal, and which has worked out extremely well today. That’s an example of a deal where the Pirates sold high, bought low, and went for guys who could make a difference. It’s the same strategy the Pirates are using today in making deals like Joel Hanrahan for Mark Melancon.

**Rocco was unapologetic about praising Neal Huntington’s work, since he has taken a horrible team and turned it into a contender with a top farm system.

**We talked about whether Matt Morris was the low point for the Pirates during the losing streak.

**Of course we got into a long discussion about the history of the Pirates developing prospects.

**After rehashing a lot of the old moves and how they’ve worked out, we get Rocco’s thoughts on the Pirates this year and the rest of the season.

**We also talked about video games, specifically sports games. Rocco feels that Baseball Stars 1989 is the best baseball game there is. He also recommended Out Of The Park baseball to me. After checking it out, I’m pretty sure I know what the downfall of this site will be.

**Music: ‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

Click here to download the show (right-click and “Save Link As”) or stream it below.


‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

Rocco’s music: ‘Karn Evil 9’ by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Joe Negley, Jr

Shouldn’t that reference above to Matt Morris be “Beleaguered Pirates Pitcher Matt Morris”?


I thought his ratings were higher then the games….

Seth OHare

It is a shame that Rocco does not do the post game show anymore. It has not been the same, and most of the analysis from the Fan on 93.7 blows….they do not hold a stick to the post game show that Rocco did. The Pirates should bring him back!

Joe Negley, Jr

Rocco’s shows brought me back on board as a Pirate fan. I loved a game that lasted 3 hours and then a fun postgame show; win or lose, that lasted an additional 3 hours.


Rocco was run off the air by poor ratings (nobody would have had good ratings in that era) and sadly, two guys bnamed Smizik and Kovacevic tore him up in the papers because he was an NH supporter.

Israel P.

Does the intro music have to so LOUD?


I was so excited when i logged on today and saw the headline for this podcast. In 2008/2009, I was just out of high school and listening to roccos show made me more of a pirates fan. I began to follow the minor leagues and started traveling and going to their games. Rocco even posted a hyperlink to this website from his blog back then which led me here. Once he split with 1047 extra innings were never the same. Back then my favorite segment was his minor league update and his PEDRO PEDRO PEDRO chants to the coming of the Calvary it made me believe in the bucs. I always wished rocco was still on the air for when win 82 came and you provided it. …..and thats why tim kurtjian loves baseball….we are the resistance!


Nice to hear that Rocco is back doing baseball stuff. His show was the lone bright spot amongst the many dark shadows during the bottom of the rebuild.

And yes, OOTP will destroy your career, it is awesome. 😉


Rocco is the best Pirates radio show host there has ever been. He was too honest at a time where nobody was ready for him. I remember him talking about just how bad Freddy Sanchez was back in 2008 and he was just crushed by his critics for it.


YES! Rocco helped make me a Pirates fan back in High School. Greatest podcast ever. What an amazing voice!

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