These days, it’s not unusual for Major League Baseball teams to move from one city to another for spring training. It’s more uncommon for teams to keep their spring home in one place for decade after decade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates must really like both their season home and their spring training home. The Pirates have stayed in Pittsburgh since the 19th century, and this year marks the team’s 50th anniversary in Bradenton for spring training.
That should give a little extra pep to the year’s Pirates Pep Rally, which is slated for Saturday.
It’s not like the pep rallies you remember from high school. This one’s a street party, along Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, with a live band, and current and former Pirates players on hand to chat and sign autographs. (The street will be closed to traffic between Manatee Avenue and Third Avenue.)
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There’s no word on which Pirates will be there, but the band is Yesterdayze, an act that bills itself as “the ultimate ’60s experience.” So Yesterdayze will be paying songs that were hits back when the Pirates first came to Bradenton.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 17, Old Main Street between Manatee Avenue and Third Avenue, Bradenton. Free.