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At the age of 61, Lanny Frattare was a rookie again. It was March of 2009, and the man that generations of Pirates fans knew simply as "Lanny" was stepping into a new role as "Professor Frattare."

As Waynesburg University's new Assistant Professor of Communication, Frattare wasn't sure what to expect out of his new career.

09/13/2010 - 11:23
James Santelli
*DURING THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, no Pirate has grown more as a player and a person than All-Star reliever Evan Meek, who says developing the ability NOT to dwell on poor performances has been one of the keys to his success. “Now if I have a bad outing, I forget it. I turn the page,” he commented. “Earlier in my career, I’d let it linger. I’d let it sit in my head and everyone would be able to see that. Now as soon as I leave the ballpark, it’s over with because I can’t carry that into my next outing. I can’t do it, and I don’t want to do it because I won’t be as effective.” The term “bulldog” really applies to Meek.

*LASTINGS MILLEDGE DIDN’T HIT his first home run of the season until June 27, but it was nice to see he remembered the theatrics that can be involved.

08/13/2010 - 09:36
Jim Lachimia
Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement recently 630 home runs and 22 seasons into his marvelous career. One of the most awe-inspiring and unforgettable performances I've ever seen was watching him pump baseballs—somewhat effortlessly I might add—into the upper deck in right field at Three Rivers Stadium during the home run derby prior to the 1994 All-Star Game. It was one of those moments when you knew you were in the presence of greatness.

• The Pirates improved their defense greatly when Jose Tabata took over for Lastings Milledge in left field and Neil Walker replaced Aki Iwamura at second base.

07/01/2010 - 00:00
Jim Lachimia
• Octavio Dotel is the most media-friendly and approachable player that's come through the Pirates clubhouse in the PNC Park era. Plus he always seems to have something interesting to say. He doesn't give canned, clich'd answers and he's never in a hurry to end the conversation. That gentleman is a delight.

• The problem with signing most free agent starting pitchers to long-term contracts is the back end, not the front end.

06/01/2010 - 00:00
Jim Lachimia
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