I arrived in Tampa yesterday, and I am currently making the drive down to Bradenton to watch the Pirates host the visiting Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field. This is my first spring training experience, and the young fan inside me is bubbling upward in an exciting fashion.
I will probably update this post with some thoughts throughout the game. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed as well.
11:20 AM: Started the day off with some disappointment, as I learned that Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata were reassigned to minor league camp. I was looking forward to my first in-person look at Alvarez, and I was also eager to compare Tabata to the version I saw in Altoona in August 2008. Might have to get over to Pirate City at some point to try to catch a glimpse.
2:00 PM: Ronny Cedeno has had a good day in the field after gator-arming a grounder to start the game. He made a nice play ranging up the middle, and he has nailed two guys at the plate with strong throws. Definitely has some defensive tools.
4:10 PM: Jean Machi closes out a 9-7 Bucs victory. More thoughts from the game coming later tonight.