Pirates Honor World Series Hero Steve Blass

'I will not forget this night'

Jeff Hathhorn
March 15, 2019 - 8:27 pm

93.7 the Fan

BRADENTON, FL (93.7 the Fan) – The Pirates honored broadcaster and World Series hero Steve Blass for his 60 years with the organization on Friday night.  The mayor of Bradenton proclaimed today “Steve Blass Day” and the team honored him with a tribute video and a pair of framed items.

“It’s overwhelming,” Blass said.  “This night was something so much more than I could have imagined.  The way the whole thing was presented on the field.  As classy a thing as I could have imagined.  I have never been treated like this on a night.  I will not forget this night in this city.”

The video, played on the Jumbotron at LECOM Park before the Pirates game with the Rays, showed highlights from Blass’ playing days that included a brief shot of his father.

“That’s the killer, when they showed my dad jumping off the dugout in Three Rivers Stadium to be with his kid,” Blass said.  “This plumber from Falls Village, CT wanted to be with his kid who won the World Series.” 

Blass said he addressed the team on Thursday morning and told them he was once them and he wanted to be like them.  He wants the current team to be proud to carry the Pirates banner. 

As for all who have supported him along the way.

“Thank you.  All I can say is I will try and continue to give back as much as the city of Pittsburgh and the Pirates have given me.”

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