Barry Bonds, Dick Groat to present @TheCUTCH22 with NL MVP Award on Monday.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 28, 2014
Jim Leyland will present Clint Hurdle with NL Manager of Year Award on Monday. #pirates— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 28, 2014
Jack Wilson will be presenting the Silver Slugger awards to Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen. Not as exciting as Bonds and Leyland.— Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) March 28, 2014
Ralph Kiner’s son, Scott Kiner, will throw out the first pitch on Monday.— Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) March 28, 2014
Some really cool stuff coming out about opening day. I think the most interesting tidbit is that Barry Bonds is going to be coming back to present Andrew McCutchen with his MVP trophy. Bonds has taken a lot of heat from Pirates fans for how things went down at the end of his Pirates tenure but I hope that is all over with. I am going to be really interested to see how he is received from the sellout crowd at PNC Park but I know I will be standing and giving my thanks to Bonds who was one of the best players to ever play for the franchise. This is really awesome stuff and something that I didn't really think I would get to see this year.
Not many people are going to talk about Jack Wilson coming back but I am not sure that there is any former Pirates player that loved the city and the team more than he did. I will never forget when he left and how much emotion he showed when he talked about not coming back and what the team meant to him. He played during the really dark times of the Pirate franchise history but it didn't seem to matter. He loved the team and the city and this is going to be a big deal for him. That is awesome.
Jim Leyland better be smoking a cigarette on the field. That's all I am saying.