Clint Hurdle’s Got ‘Em Believin’ in Pittsburgh
When Willie Stargell brought the Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series over 40 years ago, the crowd’s theme song was ‘We are family’, and in 2013 Chris Hurdle has got the Pirates singing again.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a family oriented fan base, built from hard working people. They’re 2013 winning season may have raised the average ticket price from $34 to $49, but there are still plenty of $12 and $15 dollar seats. That’s a far cry from the average Yankee ticket of $350.00! No wonder Pirate Stadium has sold out the last five games. That’s the first time that’s happened in many years!
Of course becoming a contender, winning 50 games before All-Star break for the first time in close to 50 years, helps put fans in the seats and cheering at the home games. Believe it or not, fans cheering inspires players. Maybe Pittsburgh is onto something.
The Pirates are a mid-ranged team with a payroll under 80 million, and they’re getting a big bang for their buck.
Pitcher A.J. Burnett, who is on the last year of his 5 year contract is doing just okay as they’re highest paid star. On the average they are a young team with Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and All-Star Center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Lefty, Francisco Liriano is 35, but he’s having a break-out year. The Pirates bull pen is excellent, and knows they’re job is to save games.
With Clint Hurdle at the helm, and the excitement building in the fans and the players, the Pirates just might be giving them something to sing about. They are family!