Pirates hold team-building meeting

Pirates hold team-building meeting

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates held a two hour closed-door meeting prior to Thursday night's game with the Chicago Cubs.

The featured speaker was Steve Shenbaum, a former actor and current communications and media specialist for junior and elite athletes. Shenbaum currently oversees all communication, social acclimation and media training programs as president and founder of Game on Media at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.

"We had Steve Shenbaum speak to us," manager John Russell revealed. "It was a great presentation and it was a lot of fun and the players enjoyed it. It was a good two hours spent with a guy that was very energetic and got these guys to communicate with each other a little bit ... it was good."

"We got into team building and getting guys to open up a little bit, but it was fun and very enjoyable."