A Major League Baseball home opener is always special. There’s an extra buzz in the air and in the stadium that can be felt by players, coaches and fans alike.
For Pittsburgh Pirates reliever David Bednar, a home opener is even more special. After all, Bednar’s home opener comes in the city he has always called home.
The Pirates acquired Bednar from the San Diego Padres in a three-team trade prior to the start of the 2021 season. This will now be Bednar’s third home opener in the black and gold, but this one feels a little bit different than the others.