Former Pirate Joe Musgrove pens emotional, hand-written letter to Pittsburgh

The right-hander was traded to his hometown Padres earlier this week
Joe Musgrove
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Former Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Joe Musgrove has penned a hand-written note to his “Pittsburgh Famalee.”

The 28-year-old righty was traded earlier this week to his hometown San Diego Padres as part of a three-team deal that also involved the New York Mets.

The letter reads in full:

I feel so honored to have been part of such a historic organization. To wear the same uniform as greats like Clemente, Maz, Blass, Sanguillén, Stargell, Parker… The list goes on.

There’s a certain standard that the City of Pittsburgh expects out of you. Not only as a ballplayer, but as a human being as well.

A certain level of grittiness and toughness. If you need someone to hold your hand and tell you everything’s gonna be okay, this isn’t the city for you, but that’s what I love about this city.

You get out of it, what you put into it, and I put in all that I had. I’m sorry that we weren’t able to win more while I was there but this city and my teammates over the past 3 seasons have provided me with so much knowledge and growth that I will carry with me for the rest of my career.

I want to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to continue to do what I love and for providing me with everything necessary to do it well. I want to thank my teammates for holding me accountable every day, and for never backing down from a fight. You guys will always have my love and respect.

If that’s the last time I put on a Pirates uniform, I hope this letter can help express just how grateful I am for the opportunity.

Thanks for the peace!
Take care Yinz

Love,
Big Joe

Fellow pitcher Jameson Taillon responded to the Tweet, hoping to meet up after COVID.

While Musgrove wasn't able to give Pirates fans a win every time he took the mound, he was a Pirate through and through. His Twitter handle is "ItsbuccnJoe59"!

Musgrove was 1-5 last year with little run support for his 3.86 ERA. Musgrove was part of the Gerrit Cole trade and started 58 games for the Pirates with a 4.23 ERA and was expected to be a part of their future.

The return for the Pirates is outfielder Hudson Head, 26-year-old righty and Mars HS grad David Bednar, 21-year-old lefty pitcher Omar Cruz, 22-year-old right-hander Drake Fellows out of Vanderbilt and 20-year-old catcher Endy Rodriguez from the Mets.