Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pose for a photo Friday at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, center, talks to Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, left, and Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on Friday.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle greets Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.
By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stopped by Pirates camp Friday morning with general manager Kevin Colbert and met with the team in the clubhouse at LECOM Park.
“It’s great to be in the presence of a group that’s really gearing up for the battle,” an energized Tomlin said afterward. “As Pittsburghers, we’re fans. We’re humbled and honored to get on the other side of the wall, and we appreciate them opening up their home to us.”
Unfortunately for Tomlin, Bell blossomed quickly as a baseball player, and his father never let him play football.
“I got a good close-up look at him, and the shoulders on Bell …” said Tomlin, whose had success with another Bell on the Steelers roster. “I’m sure there’s something he could do for us.”
Tomlin said he and his sons attend roughly 15 to 20 games each summer at PNC Park, sitting down the first-base line. He called them “lifetime moments” at the ballpark, one of the few places where Tomlin feels he can relax and not feel his typical competitive angst on game days.
“When [the boys] were younger, I did it for them,” he said. “Now they’re 15 and 16, they act like they’re doing me a favor.”
Tomlin, like many others in the sporting world, receives a daily inspirational email from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Tomlin said he utilizes those life lessons whenever possible.
“As leaders we have somewhat lonely jobs,” Tomlin said regarding his relationship with Hurdle. “We connect on that level. He’s been very helpful to me over the years in terms of his perspective and fighting through some of the things I fight through in my business.”
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