Thursday, March 17, 2011

McKechnie Field: A fitting place on St. Patrick's Day


The bases are green, which can only mean one thing...well, two things, but none of the members of the grounds crew look it must be St. Patrick's Day at McKechnie Field.
This is John Lembo, and 40 years ago, the Batlimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates met in an epic seven-game World Series. Today, it's just another game on the Grapefruit League schedule.
This is John Lembo, and I don't have a speck of Irish blood in my veins. That being said, happy St. Patty's Day to whom it applies.
McKechnie has seen two of its biggest crowds the last two games, but I don't see it happening today - less than 3,000 fans came out to see the last Orioles-Pirates game, and even though we're still an hour away from first pitch, I don't imagine today being much different.
The lineups:

Felix Pie, cf
J.J. Hardy, ss
Nolan Reimold, lf
Matt Weiters, dh
Jake Fox, c
Randy Winn, rf
Brendan Harris, 2b
Josh Bell, 3b
Brandon Snyder, 1b
Chris Tillman, p

Jose Tabata, lf
Neil Walker, 2b
Andrew McCutchen, cf
Pedro Alvarez, 3b
Lyle Overbay, 1b
Matt Diaz, rf
Ronny Cedeno, ss
Jason Jaramillo, c
Ross Ohlendorf, p

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