If The Pirates Win Will The Fans Come?

"It's Opening Day. I'm Grateful For Every Fan That Will Be Here"

Eric Hagman
April 02, 2018 - 12:05 pm
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle

Eric Hagman 93.7 The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Three hard-fought wins in Detroit have the Pirates feeling upbeat, but the doubts about this year's team won't go away with one series sweep.  Before the first pitch of the home opener at PNC Park, manager Clint Hurdle and players fielded questions about what the off-season roster turnover might mean in terms of fan support.

"I don't have any," said Hurdle when asked about his expectations regarding the atmosphere at the ballpark for the game vs the Minnesota Twins.  "I've learned over life that expectations turn into resentments.  Things are out of my control.  If we play good baseball, things will take care of themselves."  It's opening day. I'm thankful and grateful for every fan that will be here."

Inside the clubhouse, first baseman Josh Bell acknowledged the moves made over the winter were hard to ignore.

"I feel like we are a really close-knit team," Bell said.  "I feel like I did a good job of unplugging in the off season, not trying to stay focused on all the wrong things.  I tried to focus on myself.  In the spring we came together really well, and in the first few games we're doing really well.  I hope it stays that way."

Outfielder Corey Dickerson arrived from Tampa Bay early in spring training--well after the unpopular Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole trades.  As a member of the Colorado Rockies from 2013-2015, he faced the Pirates during their three consecutive playoff seasons.

"I think if we win, the fans will support us," Dickerson said in front of his new locker at PNC Park.  "I remember coming here.  Great fan base.  It's tough on an opponent to perform, and we need that.  We need our fans behind us.  We really hope we play well and get our fans behind us and support us all year long."

If Dickerson is aware of the fans' unhappiness, he isn't going to let it affect him.

"This is a sports town.  I look forward to winning with these guys and having the crowds get into it.  (I want to) have fun with it, and hopefully we can do that a lot this season."