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Clint Hurde: Game 5 is privilege, not an obligation

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- The Pirates have been baseball's best storyline in 2013. After two decades of irrelevance, the Bucs have taken their once basement-dwelling franchise and turned it not only into a division contender, but a playoff participant. 

Their skipper, Clint Hurdle, is all but assured the NL's Manager of the Year award, and young center fielder Andrew McCutchen is likely the league's MVP. 

The only thing left for Pittsburgh to accomplish this season is find out is how far the ride goes.

After 167 games of baseball, the Pirates find themselves in a win-or-go-home spot for Game 5 in St. Louis. Despite that, Hurdle says he's enjoying the ride. 

"Every morning I get up, I'm thankful I get to do something I love to do," he said. "We get to have a Game 5 today."

Hurdle says he likes to make sure his team keeps perspective, and Wednesday's crucial series decider is no different. 

"I remind our guys that we get to do this, not we got to do anything. I like changing the lens for them from time to time," he said prior to the game. "We get to do this, we've earned our way." 

The Bucs manager added that after all the back and forth throughout the season, it's not a matter of desire. Explaining that both teams have guts and a will to win, Hurdle said this will come down to execution in front of a sell out crowd in St. Louis. In that respect, he hopes his players will heed his word and enjoy the moment. 

"Play to the size of your heart," he said. "Not the size of your audience." 


JJ Bailey covers the Cardinals for and the BaseballStL app. Follow him on twitter @TheJJBailey and on @baseballstl_app for updates. 

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