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Frank Pastor - Assistant Sports Editor

Assistant Sports Editor

I was spoiled by sports from a young age, growing up in Pittsburgh at a time when the Steelers were winning four Super Bowls in six years and the World Series champion Pirates were a "Family." Heck, even Pitt won a national championship. I'm also a voracious reader. There was a time I subscribed to four different sports magazines (my brother got a fifth) and a daily newspaper and read them all cover to cover. My love of sports and journalism intersected at Notre Dame, where the Irish won the national championship during my sophomore year and my major was, essentially, covering sports for the student paper. Drawn by its reputation as a writer's paper, I've spent the past 20 years at the Tampa Bay Times, working as a reporter, editor and digital editor — and reading some of my favorite writers. I arrived in time for the "Hit Show" and was fortunate to experience the Bucs' two Super Bowl victories, the Lightning's three Stanley Cups and the Rays' magical 2008, '11 and '20 seasons. Almost as fun as watching the games themselves? Reading and writing about them.

  1. Eagles free safety Anthony Harris (28) stops Bucs running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the second half of Thursday's game in Philadelphia.
  2. Ross Colton certainly closed out last season on a high note, scoring the lone goal against the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup clincher.
  3. The Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Danny Santana with the winning run in the ninth inning Monday at Fenway Park.
  4. The Red Sox's Christian Vazquez reacts after hitting a walkoff home run in the 13th inning Sunday at Fenway Park, giving Boston a 6-4 win in Game 3.
  5. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown in the second quarter Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
  6. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) walks off the field after flying out to left field in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56), right, slides into home plate as Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7), center, anticipates the throw while Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (8), left, and umpire Dan Bellino (2) watch the play during the seventh inning in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Arozarena was called safe stealing home. This was the first stolen home base during a postseason game since 2016.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) yells after coming on the field just prior to the Buccaneers game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in Foxborough, MA.
  9. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) loses the ball as he throws under pressure from Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during the second quarter.
  10. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a first-quarter touchdown, one of two for him in the half.
  11. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown (81), left, celebrates his second-quarter touchdown with quarterback Tom Brady.
  12. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during pregame warmups before a preseason game against the Texans Saturday in Houston.
  13. The Lightning traded into the fourth round of the NHL draft to select Dylan Duke.
  14. Gemel Smith (46) battles for space in front of the crease during a game against the Florida Panthers in February at Amalie Arena.
  15. Lightning left wing Ross Colton celebrates his goal, the first of the game, after beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the second period.
  16. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) holds the Stanley Cup while celebrating the Lightning’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Tampa.
  17. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson (44)  checks Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) into the boards during the first period of Game 4.
  18. Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) shoots to score the game-winning goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) in overtime NHL action in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals,  Monday, July 5, 2021 in Montreal.
  19. Lightning defenseman David Savard checks Montreal Canadiens right wing Corey Perry into the boards during the second period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates  with teammate Mathieu Joseph (7) against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during second period action in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals Friday, July 2, 2021 in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/Tampa Bay Times)
  21. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) shuts down a chance by Montreal Canadiens right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) during the third period.
  22. Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates his after beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) to score during second period action in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Tampa.
  23. Brayden Point didn't score in the game, but he handed out three assists and was particularly strong in the neutral zone.