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The Pittsburgh Pirates - 2003 Season

In Cairns during the off-season, Brett concentrated on his conditioning and weight work.
During January, he started hitting and throwing which intensified towards the end of the month.

His hitting was great!!!
and again cleared the fences and trees beyond centrefield at the Trinity Beach Baseball Complex!!!
One of his 'bombs' went about twenty feet further than
this one he hit during the 2001/2 off-season!!!

He departed Cairns on Monday 10th February 2003.

Pre Spring Training

Brett likes to do his final preparations in the United States.
His Spring Training reporting date is Sunday 2nd March 2003.
He will spend the three weeks living and working out at the Pirate City Training Facility

Map of Florida - showing the city of Bradenton where the Pirates training facilty is situated

A few details on the facility, along with two photos - sounds like a fantastic place!!!

McKechnie Field - the Pirates Spring Training Ballpark - details and photos

Brett 'participated' in a Spring Training game!!! - the Prates were playing the Boston Red Sox - page includes a brief report from Flintoff and Dunn's Australian Major League Baseball web site - and an email from Brett with a few highlights of the day - Sunday 16th March 2003

On the bench during a Pirates v Yankees game - "an awesome experience!!!" - email from Brett after the game, and replies from Geoff and Sharon - and includes a note from Diane Renner - Friday 21st March 2003

Played for the Pirates against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays - played first base and had one at-bat!!! - and we were able to listen to the game LIVE on internet radio!!! - page includes a notice from Flintoff and Dunn's Australian Major League Baseball web site - and an email to Brett after the game - Saturday 22nd March 2003

Had another "spot appearance" for the Pirates - in their Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins - page includes a short comment from Flintoff and Dunn's Australian Major League web site - and an email from Brett "standing at first base"!!! - plus a "congrats" email from David Malamut (Kane County Cougars) - Wednesday 26th March 2003

Brett's 2003 Season Team


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