Originally written December 17, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Thanks to the efforts of Brian Warecki (Sr. Director of Communications for the Pirates) and Tom Smith from Rumbunter, some of the main blogs and online magazines were able to interview some Pirate players and front office people on Friday night at Piratefest. Joining Matt Bandi and I were Charlie and Vlad from Bucs Dugout, Tom from Rumbunter, Jon from The McEffect, and Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger.  Charlie posted his highlights from the Frank Coonelly and Neal Huntington interview on Bucs Dugout.  We’ll be posting ours later this morning from Piratefest (thank you wireless internet access). We were introduced to new Pirate shortstop Clint Barmes first.  Here’s some of the topics discussed: We asked how much of an influence Clint Hurdle had on his decision — He said he had a “huge influence” on the decision, as he and the Pirates came hard after him early in the offseason. On the negotiations with the Pirates and other teams — The Pirates were in the mix with multiple other tea...
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