As the “Skipper of the Pirates” he sends daily inspirational and encouraging text messages on his smartphone to his players. Often he quotes Shakespeare or the Beatles. They love him for it. As he once said, “They never care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Here is a quote from John Lennon that Hurdle has framed on the wall in his office at PNC park:
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down, “happy.”
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment.
And I told them they didn’t understand life.
P.S. I’m pulling for my Pirates. Even if they get clobbered by St. Louise in the division playoffs, they at least made it out of the basement. Go Bucs.