BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates, regardless of who is setting the odds, are considered a longshot to win the World Series this season. They are listed anywhere from 50-1 to 100-1.
However, Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle made their team sound like even-money favorites Wednesday. Optimism always runs high on the first day of spring training and it was rampant following the first workout by pitchers and catchers on a cool and soggy morning at Pirate City that forced most everyone indoors.
Huntington said this season has the feeling of 2013.