BRISTOL, Va. -

The brand new Pittsburgh Pirates rookie league affiliate Bristol Pirates open the season Thursday at Princeton.

The 1979 Pirates used the hit song "We Are Family" as their theme on their way to winning the World Series.

Wednesday evening the Pirates were a big hit with their new fans at their "Meet The Pirates" event at Devault Stadium in Bristol.

Several players referenced the already tight-knit family aspect of the team and the support they've received from the community,

"It's amazing," Daniel Arribas told News 5 WCYB.

"We got to the airport and already had fans receive us there. It is great to feel like family."

The Appalachian League season starts Thursday with five games.