moment on the
field this year
that a fan might
not think of?
Mark Melancon: Garrett Jones’ home run
[June 2] that he hit into the river on the
Jordy Mercer: Lining up on the line during
the Wild Card game. No fan knows how
loud it was because we were on the field and
they were screaming.
Tony Watson: [The] Travis Snider go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of win
81 at Milwaukee after back-and-forth eighth and
Clint Hurdle: Gaby Sanchez stealing
second base against the Milwaukee
Brewers. One of the coaches was watching me,
and I put on the steal sign. He goes, “Did you
know you put on . . .?” I said, “Be quiet. Yeah, I
Greg Brown: The sheer fun and enjoyment
■ What do you hope a 10-year-old kid
of being at a professional major-league
ballpark — in my opinion, [in] the best city
in the country — and being able to watch a
from today will tell his or her
own kids in 25 years about the
Pirates of 2013?
Jordy Mercer: [That] we as a group came together and played hard every day. Clinched a
playoff spot and ended the losing streak.
Gerrit Cole: I think kids are going to be like, “I watched Andrew win his first MVP. I saw El Toro
hit a home run in almost every single playoff game. I saw Liriano come out of nowhere and
take the heart of the city.” I think it’s going to be moments like that that they’ll remember — the many
things that came together this year. Everybody’s going to remember that this was the start of it.
Jason Grilli: That it was time. It was our turn, and we showed that it was a process. That you
don’t get everything you want in the time you want it. It was a few years’ process, and it took a
lot of hard work. It’s the same heartbeat that this city always has had. It’s easy to play for people who
you see how hard they’re working to do their job in this city, and I think that rings true the same way
for what we did. They saw our hard work. They saw what we did every night.
Clint Hurdle: I saw one sign. It wasn’t the biggest sign, but it had the most meaning for me, and, I
felt, for the city: “We’re back.”
Frank Coonelly: What I’d like it to be is a story of the beginning
and not the end.
Andrew McCutchen: You can look at it and say, “There’s something that you wanted to do and
you believed in, and for 20 years you failed at doing it . . . You tried so hard. But every single
year you failed. But you didn’t give up. You stuck with it. And it finally worked for you.” Just imagine
that feeling in that 21st year — that finally, “I can do this.”
Bob Nutting: [That] 2013 was the year that the great run of Pirates teams that we’ve seen for
the last two decades began.
Tony Watson: How many one-run victories, walk-off wins, etc., we came through with. Twenty-five guys pulling for each other every pitch, not caring about individual stats, with one thing in
mind — to score one more run than the other guys.
Neil Walker: He’s probably going to talk about players like A.J. Burnett, and bringing in Russell
The play that got us into the playoffs in Chicago. There are so many different pieces. But the biggest
thing is the contributions from so many people. There was no ego, no Barry Bonds-type guys on this
team; no guys [who] were ruffling feathers in the media. It’s a very confident and quiet group. That’s
certainly what I’m going to tell my kids about this year.
Neal Huntington: For your 10-year-old, I hope he says,
“They made baseball fun again.”
ANDREW MCCU TCHEN
BOB NUT TING
Owner & Chairman
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