And hey, there are some old Bucs that took their game to the big boy's league and caught on with some championship AL teams. Watch the tube for:
Jason Bay, LF, Boston - Bay took his booming bat to Boston at the deadline as part of the Manny menange a trois. The Bosox sent Pittsburgh Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen, while the Dodgers chipped in Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris. Please come home, Jay.
Bay's Boston line is .293-9-37 in 49 games; overall, it's .286-31-101.
Pittsburgh landed him in 2003, along with Ollie Perez, for Brian Giles. Bay hit .281-139-452 as a Bucco.
Sean Casey, 1B, Boston - Casey signed as a free agent this year with the Bosox. As a back-up to Kevin Youkilis, his line was .322-0-17.
"The Mayor" is an Upper St. Clair grad, and played for the home town team in 2006, with a .296-3-29 line until traded to Detroit for Brian Rogers.
David Ross, C, Boston - He was released by the Reds late in the year, and picked up by Beantown to a minor-league deal. He joined the roster in September, and isn't eligible for the playoffs.
The slick-fielding backstop hit .125 in 8 at bats for the Red Sox.
The Bucs purchased him from the Dodgers in 2005, and he hit .222-3-15 for them, until he was sent to San Diego in July for JJ Furmaniak.
Tim Wakefield, RHP, Boston - The knuckleballer was inked by the Pirates as an 8th round draftee in 1988, and spent his first two MLB seasons, 1992-1993, with Pittsburgh. The Pirates released him and he signed with Boston, where he found a home to this day.
The 16-year hurler was 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA this season.
Wakefield was 14-12 as a Pirate, and had a 4.17 ERA.
And though Bosox skipper Terry Francona never suited up for the Pirates, he's a New Brighton guy, the son of Aliquippa's Tito Francona. Terry played in the MLB for a decade; his dad for sixteen years. How'd they miss a home town stop?
Boston is practically the Beantown BucSox!
Gary Matthews, Jr., CF, Los Angeles Angels - Matthews joined the Halos in 2006 as a free agent. His 2008 line for LA is .242-8-46.
The Pirates plucked him off of waivers from the Cubs in 2001. His Buc line was .245-5-14 in 46 games before he was sold in August to the NY Mets.
As far as a quick scan of the rosters tell us, the Tampa Bay Devils, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox are Pirate-free clubs.