It’s been a cold winter and slow offseason here in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, baseball is right around the corner: pitchers & catchers report in less than three weeks. Besides the obvious excitement for the Opening Series vs. Chicago, here are some more Pirates series to look forward to in 2014…
April 21st – 24th vs. Reds
Part of an April that consists almost entirely of NL Central opponents, the Pirates will host the Reds for four dates late in the month. A bit of a rivalry has formed between these two teams, thanks in part to the beanball that’s gone back and forth. The Bucs got even with the Redlegs on October 1st, and we’re looking forward to seeing Johnny Cueto take the mound at PNC again.
May 2nd – 4th vs. Blue Jays
May 16th – 18th @ Yankees
The Bucs head up to the Bronx in mid-May to meet the Yankees. Perhaps we’ll see Masahiro Tanaka take the mound? The Evil Empire has spent loads of money this offseason on Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and others. It’d be cool to see A.J. Burnett face his former team, but…
June 23rd – 25th @ Rays
The Rays have been consistently winning and are a model organization for small market teams – competing on a budget, building a young core through the farm system, replenishing it through trades. They have a bunch of good players to watch, like Evan Longoria and Wil Myers. The Pirates haven’t played at Tropicana Field since 2003. Another fun interleague series with a team we don’t get to see enough.
July 4th – 6th vs. Phillies
The Pirates will welcome the team from the other side of the state for the Fourth of July again this year. Hopefully there aren’t as many Philly fans like we’ve seen in years past. Marlon Byrd returns to the ‘Burgh.
September 16th – 18th vs. Red Sox
The reigning World Series champions will visit in September. In the stretch run of the season, this series could be pivotal for both teams.
It’s not too early to get your tickets.