PITTSBURGH -- The culture change that has been talked about for months has infused its way into the Pirates clubhouse. And Monday's home opener gave players the first chance to see a refinished clubhouse at PNC Park.
"I don't want to use the term dreary, but it's a little more inviting," left fielder Jason Bay said of the changes. "It just seems a little more professional. It just needed a little tweak here or there."
The changes were bright and evident. With a yellow-painted stripe encircling the clubhouse, the words, "Passion" and "Pride" were painted in bold black letters. The words have both been buzzwords used by management all offseason in an effort to connect the current team with the great Pirates teams of the past.
Black banners denoting each of the five World Series championship teams hang on the wall in the clubhouse. Directly across from them hang replica jerseys of all nine Pirates players who have had their numbers retired.
The Pittsburgh "P" has also made a return. It was the signature logo when the Pirates captured their 1971 World Series championship, and it now has a presence throughout the ballpark.
Specifically inside the clubhouse, the "P" has replaced the Pirates head logo on the carpet at the center. It also lines the back of every player's chair in front of their stalls.
"I think it's pretty cool," Adam LaRoche said. "I think it's a new look, a fresh look for a new year."
Just outside the clubhouse doors, photographs of great moments in the ballclub's history and of Pirates icons line the walls. And as players walk through the tunnel, down the steps and out into the dugout, they will now walk out under a quote from the late Roberto Clemente.
"When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth," reads the banner.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.