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New Pirates pitcher dresses up like pirate

August 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher John Axford (59) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Brewers 4-1. Photo: Image by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New Pirates pitcher dresses up like pirate

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

John Axford is an original fellow. The former Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians pitcher is a movie buff with a perfect record of picking Oscar winners, and he's also a mustache connoisseur.

Perhaps nothing he's done, however, can top how he greeted fans when he became a Pittsburgh Pirate in a trade this week.

He dressed up in a pirate costume.

No, not a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball jersey costume. An actual pirate costume.

Jay Sorgi

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.