Tony Robbins? Wrong. Lance Armstrong? Nope. Bill Cowher? Not even close.
The correct answer is Dick Vitale.
That's right, the schtickiest announcer of all-time brought 15 minutes of in-your-face energy to the Pirates' pitchers and catchers on Tuesday afternoon. He covered a wide range of topics, including Duke vs. North Carolina, North Carolina vs. Duke, the ACC, Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Williams, Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and Michael Jordan.
OK, so he didn't go into depth about Duke-UNC. But he did speak from the heart in an emotional discussion that he volunteered for.
Vitale said: "How many guys feel sorry for themselves ... and pout ... and sulk ... and quit? You can't do that! Do you have any idea how many people would love to be where you are as major-league ballplayers?"
Apparently, Dick doesn't watch much Pirate baseball. We've seen players feel sorry for themselves, pout, sulk, and quit since 1993. In fact, I thought that was the Pirate motto at one point.
That was a nice gesture by Dicky V. But I'm just a little jaded on Pirate optimism at this stage of the game. However, if his talk actually inspires Salomon Torres, Humberto Cota or John Grabow to a great season, then I say bring him back every year.