LISTEN: Hurdle On Pirates Honoring The 1979 World Series Team

The Pirates Will Honor The 1979 Team Before Saturday Night's Game Against Philadelphia

Matt Harkins
July 20, 2019 - 4:34 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor the 40th Anniversary of the 1979 World Series team and Manager Clint Hurdle's began his pregame conversation with the media discussing what he remembers about the team and playing against most of those players.

"It was right in the wheelhouse of when I was playing," said Hurdle. "It's one of those times you play that team in Spring Training, you play a lot of teams in Spring Training, than you see the team you played in Spring Training and what you were watching on the field then and what it transformed into, what it became and the electricity in which they took with them throughout the season...The uniforms gravitated me as much anything, the willingness and the creativity they had to go out and wear what they wore and be proud of it and represent the city and do the things the way they did...As I said, it was a special time, it was a special team and it was one that I paid attention to throughout the Series."

The connection between the city of Pittsburgh and the 1979 Pirates team was a special one and Hurdle can't wait to see the atmosphere tonight at PNC Park and the reception that team receives when they get recognized before the game.

"It's not going to matter how much I hope, it's either going to happen or it's not," said Hurdle. "I believe it's going to happen, the ticket sales were suppose to be good, there's suppose to be a good amount of people, I think they're going to embrace them. It's been to long since we've had a championship, 40 years, but to honor these guys in a proper way and a professional way and what's going to be cool for them, which I won't be a part of, is the interactions they're going to have while they're here and I got to believe that will be very, very meaningful."

Listen to everything Manager Clint Hurdle had to say about the 1979 World Series team below: 

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