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Pirates’ “Shark Tank” bullpen put an actual shark tank in the clubhouse

May 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Jason Grilli AP

Pittsburgh’s relievers have nicknamed the bullpen crew the “Shark Tank” because, as closer Jason Grilli explained to Steven Petrella of, they “look for the smell of blood and go in for the kill.”

And to show just how committed they are to that nickname, Grilli and company brought an actual shark tank into the Pirates’ clubhouse. Petralla writes that Grilli researched sharks to find out how big they can be without “putting guys on the DL and losing a finger or an arm” and ended up getting a 150-gallon tank with multiple sharks and fish. has video of the setup:

  1. chill1184 - May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Thats pretty cool actually and I love Shark Week. Nice job Pirates

  2. baseballicious - May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Instant Classic!

    On May 30, 2013, at 10:16 AM, HardballTalk <> wrote:

  3. billyboots - May 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    That’s pretty badass, but I really don’t think that is what made the Pirates teams of old great. I can’t picture Roberto Clemente or Honus Wagner or Willie Stargell getting pumped up for games by looking at some fish in a tank.

    As an aside, I really do hope the Pirates can once again become a consistently good team. I suffered for almost a decade in the 90s with those awful Twins teams. I can’t imagine going two decades without a decent team to root for.

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      I can’t imagine this version of the Pirates getting pumped up by some Sister Sledge music. It’s a different era.

      • dan1111 - May 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        “Back in my day, players played the game the right way. We cared about the name on the back of the jersey more than the front, we slid into every base even on a home run, and we sure as heck didn’t have fish tanks in the clubhouse. We had to listen to sharks on the radio in order to get pumped up before the game. Either that or do cocaine.”

  4. decimusprime - May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Can the Bucs call the guys from “Tanked” to come in and make the tank out of a bullpen cart? Maybe in the shape of a baseball…come on this screams crossover!!

  5. xmatt0926x - May 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    How about the players threatening to throw the owner into the shark tank if he goes with the standard “we don’t want to upset the chemistry in the locker room” nonsense when he tells fans why they won’t be making any real moves at the trade deadline yet again. Not a Pirates fan but I root for them every year to break the losing streak. But at what point does management just go for it and make some bold moves to bolster the teams chances to really win and not just be that cute little team every year that ends up tanking by year end?

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - May 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      For the last several years, this team hasn’t been a “real move” away from winning the WS. The last couple years we have seen trades for Wandy, Snider, and Ludwick in-season, while spinning the Hammer to the Sox for Melancon and Co, acquiring Jeanmar Gomez for little, and acquiring AJ Burnett for essentially nothing in off-season moves.

      This team may not be making “real moves” by trading Cole and Taillon or whatever you would define a real move as; but rest assured they are finally making smart moves and when the time comes that they can make a major deal to go all-in, I have faith that they will, just not at the complete expense of the future.

      Your comments apply to the Pirates of 5+ years ago.

  6. Stiller43 - May 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    In other news, the PITTSBURGH PIRATES have the 2nd best (tied) record in baseball…

    Sadly theyre tied for 2nd in their division…

  7. sfm073 - May 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I guess it’s that time of year again, the pirates bandwagon is quickly filling up, better get your ticket:

    • pajabroni - May 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      What do you want from us? I have a kid in college who has never seen a Pirate team win more games than they lost.

      We are way past the years of filling up a bandwagon. We are in the stage of revival for a lost generation of baseball fans in this great city. Give us a break buddy.

      Have you no sympathy for the longest losing streak in professional sports? Having a competitive Pirate team is good for baseball’s climate. There are fans of other teams in cities across the country that root for the Pirates to be good again because they realize no city deserves this…not even Cleveland.

      Get off our back, we already carry a burden too large that its difficult for outsiders to fathom.

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