As the beginning of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 season is almost upon us there are a lot of emotions that have been welling up inside of me over the past few months, ready to come out. Ever since the shutdown went into effect on that sunny Thursday afternoon back in March, it has been one heck of a roller coaster ride for all of us and for the world of baseball it was no different. Enter the virtual MLB seasons, negotiations between MLB owners and the MLBPA, an encyclopedia length manual of health and safety protocols and eventually Spring Training 2.0/Summer Camp. Now that all of this behind us, all the craziness is done right? Not by a long shot; which is why I still have some things on my mind for the Five Pirates Thoughts At Five.
1) I know I am not the only one that still harbors some reservations about the start of the 2020 MLB Season. It’s hard not to feel strange about the fact that baseball is coming back when I still barely leave my house, but I am going to do my best to enjoy it; even if it is just to bring some sort of normalcy to my life for a few hours a day.
2) It seems like a lifetime ago that I was at a baseball game. As I left LECOM Park on the afternoon of March 12th I would never have imagined that it could be an entire calendar year before I step into another ballpark, yet here we are.
3) I can’t seem to figure out why people always want to bring “old” players back. I loved Melky, JHay and others, but I see no benefit in bringing any of them back. It’s not that I don’t like them or don’t appreciate what they did while they were here; their time has passed. Live for the future, it does you no good to think any other way.
4) I hope that as the season progresses we hear more about what is going on over in Altoona. I know it was a rush to get the season going and there was a lot to sort out on the home front, but as a self proclaimed Minor League Junkie I would really like to get some updates on the 30 players that will be spending most of their time scrimmaging each other and working on development at People’s Natural Gas Field.
5) Expectations for the Pittsburgh Pirates are pretty low, but honestly my expectations for the season have never changed. This is a season of evaluation and assessment for the future, even in a 60 game sprint the goal remains the same; building for the future.
I obviously have a lot more on my mind, but for right now I look forward to 8:15 tomorrow night, when I will sit down on my parent’s couch with my kiddos, Mom and Dad to welcome baseball back to the Burgh; well St. Louis technically, but I think you all know what I mean.