"That was pretty cool," Alvarez said. "I didn't know what to expect. I thought it was very classy on the Pirates' part. I'm not too much of an emotional guy, but that was pretty cool to get that kind of reception from the organization and the fans."
"I think that the fact that it was brought up to me showed a desire to have me around, and I appreciated that conversation last year, and in the same token, it was coming from a good place in his heart, looking out for my career," Alvarez said. "You can never be too versatile, for lack of a better term. That's how I took that conversation, a desire to have me around, and at the same time just looking out for my best interests."