Do you believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx? (If so that’s bad news for the Pirates) … second-half All-Stars …. and should the Pirates target Matt Garza?

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SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – I don’t believe in curses.

 

But I do believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

 

If you believe in the SI cover jinx then what you saw last night on FOX might portend to more second-half troubles for the Pirates:

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My return from European exile: How to fix the All-Star Game … Another reason Cobra II matters … And some cool things I did while away

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SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – Did you miss me? The Pirates apparently did, posting a 5-7 record while I was on exile in Europe over the last two weeks.

 

But I have some good news: I’m back.

 

I’ve returned from my two-week tour of Europe and I’m looking forward to the second half of the season, which promises to be a compelling story regardless of what transpires. I returned to find a flooded basement and the Pirates hope their last two weeks are not a precursor to another second half of taking on water. We’ll see. But for now let’s talk some All-Star Game….

 

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Monday Morning mop-up duty: mid-season grades … and au revoir (for two weeks)

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SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – Morning folks.

 

Before we get started I wanted to let  you know that my personal All-Star break is starting early and will be extended.

 

Before I interviewed for this position in the spring, I had planned an overseas trip with my wife. Because the excursion was already paid for when I interviewed for this position, because if it didn’t happen I’d sleep on the couch for approximately 1.2 years,  we are going to be gone for two weeks as we tour London, Paris and northern Italy. I’ll return to Pirates coverage after the All-Star break.

 

It’s difficult to give up this story for two weeks, but better to be away now rather than in September when the story could really become interesting.

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