Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #5 Freddy Sanchez

Freddy Pirates (brunkfordbraun)

2004 26 9 2 3 0 2 .158 .316
2005 27 132 54 132 5 35 .291 .736
2006 28 157 85 200 6 85 .344 .851
2007 29 147 77 183 11 81 .304 .784
2008 30 145 75 154 9 52 .271 .669
2009 31 86 45 105 6 34 .296 .776
PIT (6 yrs) 676 338 777 37 289 .301 .761

“Steady” Freddy Sanchez came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2003 from the Red Sox and became a starter by 2005.  During the time that Jim Tracy managed the Bucs, there was some controversy, but Sanchez had his two best seasons under Tracy.  In 2006, Freddy beat out Miguel Cabrera for the NL batting crown, hitting at a .344 clip.  He also reached the 200-hit mark and was tied for first in the majors with 53 doubles, many of which came from bloopers down the first base line that he legged-out.  He represented the Bucs in the 2006 ASG at PNC Park, and had another successful all-star season in 2007.  After another solid campaign in 2008, Sanchez was traded mid-season in 2009 to the Giants, where he’s been a part of two championship teams.  When he played third, he produced offensively and made some great plays at the hot corner, and when he played second, he and Jack Wilson paired up to be one of the best double play combos in the game.  Looking back on his time with the Pirates, Freddy Sanchez is known as one of the top infielders to play at PNC Park.

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Season Ticket Holder Field Day

One of the many perks of being a Pirates season ticket holder is participating in the annual field day event. Fans are able to shag fly balls, play catch, and hit batting practice at PNC Park. It’s a unique experience, and we got the chance to head down on Saturday afternoon.

It was awesome to roam around the outfield, stand around the batting cage, and go in the visitors dugout. The Pittsburgh skyline from the first base side:

They had an assortment of batting helmets, including this Gorkys Hernandez #62:

As well as a bunch of old Freddy Sanchez bats:

Our section from the field:

Andrew McCutchen’s view from center:

Afterwards, we went over to Heinz Field to watch Pitt beat up on Gardner-Webb: