Q & A with Pirates’ All-Star Infielder Josh Harrison • Latino Sports


Q & A with Pirates’ All-Star Infielder Josh Harrison


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Credit: Danny Torres

FLUSHING – Seeing this Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman for the very first time, your immediate reaction may be, “For a baseball player, this guy is quite small in stature.”

But inside the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field, Josh Harrison, the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award nominee, has such a huge heart and gregarious smile. I can easily see how the Pirates’ faithful would be quick to “Raise the Jolly Roger!” and cheer his name throughout PNC Park.

Whether it’s after one of his acrobatic plays in the infield, a timely base hit or even a dramatic, game-winning homer (On August 23, 2017, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harrison became the first player in MLB history to break up a no-hitter in extra innings with a walk-off home run), he totally understands how fortunate he is to play the sport he’s enjoyed his entire life.

A native of Cincinnati, Harrison was quick to point out that not every Ohioan is an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He said, “I went to the University of Cincinnati and I’m a Bearcat (laughter).”

Yet, I must credit Josh’s baseball acumen, which at an early age was already crushing homers with a kitchen utensil and a balled-up piece of paper.

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About Danny Torres

Bronx native, Danny Torres is a high school teacher, an avid baseball fan and freelance sports journalist. Besides his work with Latinosports.com, he has written for MLB.com, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, the N.Y. Mets, the Puerto Rico Daily Sun and Manhattan Times. He was a frequent guest on 'Solamente Pelota', a now-defunct sports program on XM/Sirius satellite radio. In 2010, he contributed to an updated prologue for the re-released book, 'Clemente, the Enduring Legacy' by Kal Wagenheim. In 2011, as part of a series commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month on MLB.com, he contributed to a five-part series saluting the greatest Latino pitchers in baseball. Finally, in December, 2011, he participated in a panel discussion connected with the Smithsonian exhibition, 'Beyond Baseball, The Life of Roberto Clemente' in Baltimore, Maryland. In December, 2012, he appeared on the front page of 'El Diario/La Prensa', a NY Spanish daily newspaper and was featured in a five-part series dedicated to the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player, Roberto Clemente who tragically died 40 years ago.

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