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Justin Morneau arrived in the Pirates’ dugout in the middle of Saturday night’s 7-1 victory

Sep 1, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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Justin Morneau caught the first plane that he could after learning he had been traded to the Pirates on Saturday afternoon, but the Twins were down in Arlington, Texas and the first baseman didn’t make it to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park in time for the start of Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals. Instead he showed up in the Bucs’ dugout — bats and glove in hand — just before the top of the sixth inning.

Watch him greet his new manager, Clint Hurdle, the Pirates’ training staff and some of his new Bucs teammates — including old Twins teammate Francisco Liriano:

The Pirates beat St. Louis 7-1 and now boast a one-game lead in the National League Central.

  1. giantboy99 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

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      • yournuts - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

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      • atfinch2013 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM

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  2. hoopmatch - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I watched the game last night, and it was interesting to see Morneau arrive in dugout and greet his new teammates. But I felt a bit like a voyeur intruding on the players’ privacy. It drove home for me what it must feel like to be a major league player whose every move is followed by TV cameras. I know they make a lot of money, but that’s a lot to have to deal with every day.

  3. ironcity6pak - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    What awesome time to be a pirates fan. Great pick ups the last week and didnt give up much in return. So excited to see winning baseball. The last time for me was the bonds, van slyke bonia days. Go bucco’s

  4. thebadguyswon - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Very happy for the Pirates fans. Best of luck in October.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Glad to see the Bucs making an effort to hopefully win the pennant. Just two more wins until 81 and three until 82. Hopefully I get to see a winner for the first time in my life…born in 1993

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Man…..I remember the battles the Mets and Pirates had in 1990. The Bucs had such a young and promising team. Bob Walk, Doug Drabek, John Smiley and of course Bonds, Bonilla and Van Slyke.

  6. jlsiberia - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    He will forever be Justin porneau al MVP and home run champ in my heart

    • jerze2387 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      ..juston porneau? did 2 of your hobbies overlap there?

  7. albertmn - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Good luck to Morneau and the Pirates. It will be nice to see Morneau get a chance to play meaningful games.

  8. jaysfan64 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Nice to see the Pirates going for it…everyone there deserves some success…

  9. mhcamp21 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Wow, that is some great stuff. Wonder how the Bucs Garrent Jones greeted him…

  10. sportsfreak61787 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I’m really pulling for the bucs! and I’m a brewers fan. anyone but st louis!

  11. 8man - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    It’s Christmas early, Justin. You’ve been traded to a playoff team.

  12. stairwayto7 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Don’t jump on the Pirate bandwagon now, Cubs-Giants and Blue Jay fans!

    • ptfu - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Huh? Why not? And why are you singling out fans of the Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays?

    • nbjays - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Don’t be a dick now, stairway… oops, too late.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        What’s wrong with dick? Man, there’s a lot of penis and vagina hating on this blog. 😦

      • nbjays - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Oops, sorry Historio… shouldn’t have called him a dick… dicks are useful.

  13. historiophiliac - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    They could at least greet him with a sammich.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Who the hell thumbs down the sammiches at that park?

      • apmn - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        They are afraid of a zero-sum sammich game.

  14. cardsfan773 - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Good to see winning baseball in Pittsburgh. Don’t know that they should start printing the NL central champion shirts just yet. Fell apart last few yrs in September. As for the Brewers fan who said anyone but STL, you guys had your chance, and you let great pitchers leave to sign a juicer

    • brewcrewchamps - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Just wait until Axford ruins your playoff chances. Oh boy, that’s gonna be exciting I tell you what.

  15. georgewashingtonsghost - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Morneau had three days to report, but he made the effort to get there as quickly as he could. It would have been nice to see Hurdle get him an AB last night. Oh well. I’m looking forward to the reaction Morneau gets when he steps into the box for his first AB in Pittsburgh. I’m not saying he’s their savior, but it’s not everyday the Pirates trade for a former league MVP. It sort of reminds me of when the Tigers traded for Fred Lynn. He obviously wasn’t the player he was when he won the MVP but it was exciting to have him in the uniform. If course, he struggled and Detroit missed the playoffs, so in the end it didn’t work out. But at the time the trade went down, it was pretty cool to be a Tigers fan. I hope the Pirates and Morneau story ends on a happier note.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      More like the Tigers with Pudge?

  16. bencrewe1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Great guy,great additon. Pirates will be a force to reckon with the next few years. I think they are to young and inexpierenced to go to the beat the Dodgers in playoffs this year,but next year, they spend a little money watch out now.

  17. sadtwinsfan - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    this may not add to his WAR or OPS etc. but:

    you will never hear of Justin being arrested for a DUI or beating up his wife. you will never hear him brag or see him taunt. you will never see him standing at home plate admiring a home run. and you won’t have to wince if you see one of your kids or grand kids wearing a Justin Morneau jersey

    in baseball the best teams win about 60% of the time, the worst about 40%. baseball is about a lot more than win loss records. its about maybe feeling a little bit better about where you live by rooting for the players on your home team that deserve to be rooted for.

    all the best Justin. you always be loved in Minnesota.

  18. happytwinsfan - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    sadtwinsfan i am disabling your Internet access with my hacker voodoo, so you will post no more tonight!

    i just finished watching the twins rangers game and the guy the twins got for justin – alex pressly got two or three hits. more importantly – he was shy and stammering in his post game interview – seems like a real nice young man – maybe a keeper – don’t cha know?

  19. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This isn’t how it looks when someone is traded to the bluejays, you go in the dugout or the clubhouse and you can easily figure out who the new player is when someone gets traded to Toronto. The guy is usually balling his eyes out and throwing up uncontrollable and trembling all over the place. Why you ask? its because he knows he just got sent to the Siberia of the MLB and will never be heard from again or ever see the post season again until he finds away out.

    • sadtwinsfan - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM


      does that include paul molitor or black jack morris of st paul mn?

      unHygenic Harold do you love baseball or do you just hate this or that? where you from?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        It’s not 1993 anymore junior, those days are long long long gone. I was talking now as in the moment we currently live in but I can see why a jay’s fan like yourself would keep wishing it was 1993 because the present sucks and the future is gonna get worse.

  20. sadtwinsfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    harold, i’m not a jays fan (but nothing against them) i’m a twins fan wishing it was 1992 – but i’ll settle for 2006-2009. are you a jays fan disappointed that their big expensive off season free agent push didn’t work out? at least they broke out the checkbook and took a shot.

    if i’m your junior you must be older than filth

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