BRADENTON, Fla. - Rain did not dampen the spirits of baseball fans or keep them from coming out and enjoying the Pirates’ last home game of spring training in Bradenton Thursday.
"I love the Pirates; they have been my baseball team since I was a young boy in the 50's," said Fred Young.
After several weeks of games in Florida, spring training is close to wrapping up, and the team is ready to pack up and head north again. The Pirates are 14-9 this spring, good for 2nd in the National League.
Their fans are ready for them to take their luck back to Pittsburgh.
"I feel good about the Spring Training season; they showed good potential…I wish they would have shown a couple moves in the off-season, but they will be competitive. But they have to beat the Cardinals," says Thomas Wendel.
The regular season starts on March 31st, with the Pirates taking on the Cubs. But Thursday was the last chance for some on the Suncoast to see them live in action.
"It’s that time of year. We wish the weather was a little better, but yeah we're ready for the regular ball. But it's sad that Spring Training is ending."
Scott Wendel and his wife are from Pittsburgh. He is very optimistic that they will be able to continue their good record. “They've got a winning record, and we're hoping to pull that record up north to Pittsburgh."
The Pirates drew over 91,000 fans to catch games at McKechnie Field this year, and set a team attendance record with an average of 7,587 fans per game in 2014.