Insider's look at Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

Manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirate take on the Cardinals on Wednesday in Game 5 of the NLDS....

Manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirate take on the Cardinals on Wednesday in Game 5 of the NLDS. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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For the previous decade I’ve been part of a group that heads to Laramie, Wyo., each November.

Four of us went to the University of Wyoming Cowboys football game and basketball game one weekend in 2003. Our travelling party next month will be in excess of 35 when we board the bus for Wyo-Mania XI.

Zero deadlines to worry about, no thinking: “What am I writing for second edition?” Best description of the trip we’ve ever heard is “a hunting trip without guns.”

Besides scribes, our group expanded to scouts, scouting directors, baseball execs and illustrious guests: Stan Kasten, after leaving the Washington Nationals, former managers Jim Fregosi, Art Howe and current Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

In 2008, on the eve of the 100th meeting of the Border War, between the Colorado State Rams and our beloved Cowpokes, the bus, with Hurdle aboard, stopped at one of those bubbles. We stood on the sidelines as the football team went though its final practice.


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