North Shore Nine was founded by Ryan Alexander and Anthony DiNardo in the spring of 2016.
Our mission is to provide fans insight and analysis of the daily happenings of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We are driven by our passion for the game of baseball and to counteract the Yinzers lazy thinking that every move the Pirates make is the wrong one while also enjoying the game of baseball and having some fun.
For any questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, here’s our award-winning staff…
It was Ryan Alexander who approached DiNardo in late 2015 about creating a Pirates Blog. While DiNardo was hosting his own MLB Podcast he agreed to the idea away we went. After some time discussing our ideas and thoughts, Ryan came up with the name 'North Shore Nine.' Ryan was instrumental in kicking this entire thing off the ground and launching the site in March of 2016. Through our blogging days, podcasting, live streams, live podcasts, attending spring training as well as the MLB Winter Meetings, Ryan & DiNardo were synonymous when it came to the NS9. Unfortunately in August of 2020, Ryan decided to step away for good. We appreciate and will remember everything Ryan has put into this site. From this day forward he will forever be known as 'The Godfather'
I was born in New Jersey but moved to a town outside of Pittsburgh in the early 90’s. While my family was moving into our new home, I was forced to watch TV on a 7” portable that only received a few stations. Turned out I was able to watch my first dose of baseball those nights, which just so happen to be the ‘92 NLCS. Yes, my introduction to my favorite sports team provided the longest nightmare I ever endured in my life, however through all the turmoil I am here proudly stating I am an avid Pirates fan.
Growing up, basketball was my first love. Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and the rest of the Seattle Sonics were the shiznit to me. You would have no problem trying to find me either. I was probably at the nearest basketball court mastering all the And1 moves (at least that’s the story I’m going to tell you) or having a 3-on-3 tourney in my driveway while Nas was blasting ‘You Can Hate Me Now.’ Fast forward years later and you can find me counting down the days til Pitchers and Catchers report while reminiscing how Dave Stewart dismantled the Diamondbacks.
I now reside in Jacksonville, FL, and love almost every aspect of it. The one thing I truly miss is the city of Pittsburgh. I still make sure I find my way to the North Shore at least once a year to catch the Buccos, while also catching them often at Marlins Park and their Spring Training tour across the sunshine state. Over the years I have truly felt that baseball needs an infusion of young fresh faces. The “good ole boys” mentality is really putting a strain on the sport and its relationship with the audience. Much like many facets of life, change is what brings on forward movement, and I really want to help contribute into that.
I intend to provide a fresh look into all things Pirates and challenge Yinzer Nation to their stale, outdated and complete unoriginal viewpoints. Pittsburgh is certainly one of the most passionate cities when it comes to their sports teams. It’s time a couple of fresh faces provide them the truthful insight to what is now the best team in town (this was written before the 2016 season). Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the North Shore Nine!
I’ve been a Pirates fan for as long as I can remember. I attended my first game at Three Rivers Stadium when I was about 2 weeks old. My parents even had a VHS recording of a Pirates game to put on if I started acting up as a toddler to calm me down. Which is weird, because Pirates games now usually have the opposite effect.
Unfortunately for me, the team I was born to love wasn’t very good. For a long time. Like, a really long time. But throughout all the losing, I’d attend multiple game at Three Rivers and then at PNC Park before leaving the Pittsburgh area for Louisville, KY in 2005 to attend college.
Not being in Pittsburgh made it difficult to get my Pirates fix, especially in the times before sites like Twitter. So at that point, I decided to launch a Pirates blog, North Side Notch. The reason for the site was to give myself an excuse to watch as many games as I could and keep up with everything that was happening throughout the organization. To my surprise, people actually read the website from time to time!
Twitter allowed me to connect even more with Pirates fans not only in Pittsburgh but throughout the country. It became a daily routine to get together with the Pirates community every night while watching the game. I’m still in Louisville but I typically make it back to Pittsburgh for one home stand a year, and I try to catch the team in Cincinnati when they hit the road. I no longer have a Pirates blog, but I still love interacting with Pirates fans on Twitter and have become friends with many of them.
I am excited to join the North Shore Nine to share my thoughts and opinions on the Bucs and hopefully I can provide some value and entertainment to those of you who love the Pirates as much as I do.