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Manager Clint Hurdle asked for his team to dress up in Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys. Hurdle himself wore a Mario Lemieux jersey and star outfielder Andrew McCutchen wore an Evgeni Malkin jersey.
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The message on the board in the clubhouse reportedly said, "JEANS OK" and "PENGUINS JERSEY."
“The term I read when I get information from (general manager) Neal [Huntington] or (team president) Frank (Coonelly) from discussions in agents or whoever is: I strongly recommended they wear a Penguins jersey,” Hurdle said according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve picked up that term over my years here. Strongly recommended it. We’ll see how it shows up.”
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Some Pirates players are already all-in on the team, like pitcher Gerrit Cole pictured here in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Apparently not everyone was on board. David Freese, who grew up in St. Louis and played for the Cardinals, wanted to wear a Blues jersey.
“I got the look,” he said
Said Hurdle, “He got beat down.”
So Freese will wear Gerrit Cole's 'Ian Cole' jersey since Gerrit Cole won't make the trip because he is scheduled to start Friday in Pittsburgh.
The San Jose Sharks have been big on showing their celebrity fans in this Cup Final that have included Bay Area athletes like Marshawn Lynch and Joe Montana. But this is a nice job by the Pirates to show numbers in support of their local team.
The Penguins can clinch the organization’s fourth Stanley Cup with a win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 at Consol Energy Center on Thursday.
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