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Today is PiratesFest, the one day event where fans can come to PNC park to walk around, hit the batting cages, and meet some players.

The event lasts until 5:00 p.m.

As great as PiratesFest is for the fans, it also gives the media a chance to ask the players some questions. Below, I’ve rounded up some player quotes.

Astros scandals

Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had Josh Bell’s take on the Houston Astros scandal.

As we all know, the Pittsburgh Pirates clearly have no connection to cheating.

Meanwhile, Bill Brink, also of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, had Joe Musgrove’s take on the Astros cheating scandal. Keep in mind that Musgrove was with the team in 2017.

Sure, Musgrove was on the team and I would speculate that he knows more than he’s letting on, but he was still just a rookie just trying to find his way. I would give him the benefit of the doubt here.

Adam Berry, of MLB.com, had this from Colin Moran.

I feel for Moran here. He couldn’t even thrive off of a great cheating scandal.

Other quotes

Frazier could not have given a better answer. He perfectly encapsulates the satisfaction of being a valuable trade asset without throwing his current team under the bus while doing so.

You have to admire the confidence in Reynolds. His success in 2020 will be vital to any sliver of hope the Pirates may have.

The 24-year-old outfielder truly is as cool as a cucumber.

Honestly, the highlight of this year’s PiratesFest may have come from here.

Pitchers and catchers report on Monday, February 10.