- 33 went to right field
- 33 went to center field
- 33 went to left field
It's too easy to call Walker "a hometown hero." The 26-year-old Walker, a Pittsburgh native who grew up a Pirates fan and quarterbacked his Pine-Richland High School football team to the state championship game, has lived the kind of dream that lots of kids aspire to while playing wiffle ball in the backyard: Play, and be a star player, for his hometown major league team.
Having just concluded a 17-game hitting streak -- and being robbed of a hit in his final at-bat that 18th game -- Walker has played nearly every game this year. He's steady, not particularly flashy, providing rock-solid defense and quiet leadership. He is reliable. Solid. He is excellent at turning the double-play (having been tutored by none other than the all-time great, Bill Mazeroski). He is exactly what you want in a second baseman. He is exactly what the Pirates need.
Hometown hero? Joey Porter's Pit Bulls would rather call him "signed to a long-term contract."