Tracy Raring to Go

Jim Tracy

After going 37-35 in the second half of last season there is a buzz in the air about the Pittsburgh Pirates. That is something that hasn't been seen in Pittsburgh for a long time. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Pirates' manager Jim Tracy recently about the ball club as they get set for spring training.

GVB-- There is a buzz about the the team amongst the fans, the players and the front office. That has to be a good feeling?

JT-- The only way you can go about creating a buzz, you have to look back at the most recent past and say, 'What is it that has taken place that gives us reason to feel this way?'" Tracy said. "You saw a young club that grew by leaps and bounds over the course of one season. You saw a general manager that went to work and did a terrific job and acquired a terrific player to go with a mix of a young nucleus that's very talented.

The other thing is a young nucleus that has an opportunity to play baseball together with one another for over the course of the better part of the next three years. That group that we're talking about at some point have had to realize some form of success, which they did, and so they get it and they understand what it is that we have to do in order for the numbers to be much more favorable in the win column than in the loss column.

They got a taste of that in the second half of 2006. We've got a strong building block to taken into Bradenton, [Fla.,] here in a few weeks.

To hear the rest of George Von Benko's interview with Pirates' manager Jim Tracy.

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