It doesn't matter that Pedro Alvarez had three hits or that Eric Kratz, Brandon Moss, and Steve Pearce homered or that Bryan Morris pitched well in an inning of work after a rough season. I mean, those things are nice but given the level of competition and wind in Bradenton, they're relatively meaningless. What does matter is that the Pirates managed to beat their community college foes 6-1 this afternoon, to end their all-time longest losing streak to the Manatees at one and hopefully spare us from "The Pirates are worse than collegte teams!"jokes for a full season. Whew

To the Manatees and their players, who took a serious beating among Pirate fans and bloggers this week, I think it needs to be said that this is really all in fun and that we all wish them the best of luck during their...

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