Ann Arbor – Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been a Michigan fan for as long as he can remember, and he and his father, Clint Hurdle Sr., made a father-son trip to Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
For his father, who lives in Big Rapids, it has been 70 years since he watched a Michigan game in the stadium.
“I was a Boy Scout, I was 12 years old, so it’s been 70 years,” Clint Hurdle Sr. said. “I’ve been (a Michigan fan) forever. I watch them on TV all the time.”
Hurdle said he and his father visited with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh – Harbaugh was first-base coach for the Pirates during a spring training game in March while the Wolverines were in spring practice at IMG in Florida – and met Jack Harbaugh for the first time.
“We both said to Jack, ‘It’s too bad your sons didn’t grow up to be anything,’” Hurdle said, laughing.