Last year, I wrote about my evening at McKechnie Field as a participant in the Pirates’ Baseball Basics for Women.  This year’s camp was held on March 29, and I participated again.

I’m not going to bother giving a full account of the experience, because one of the campers provided a wonderful account of our evening of baseball in the Bradenton Herald.  The Marauders posted a video of the evening’s activities at YouTube,  and they also published pictures of the event at their Facebook page.  But I will say that I had a great time, and I look forward to the 2013 edition.

One last thing — the Marauders’ 2012 season starts Thursday…against the St Lucie Mets.  The Mets are in town for 2 games.  Game 2 is on Friday, and AJ Burnett will make a rehab start against the Mets — the team that originally drafted him.  He was traded away to the Marlins (in exchange for Al Leiter, who became one of my all-time favorite Mets) and never played for St Lucie, but he was indeed a member of the Mets’ organization for the first couple of seasons of his professional career.