CLEVELAND – Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My column this morning examines not so much the Andrew McCutchen scoring fiasco, but much more the snarly reaction to it within the Pirates’ clubhouse. Very neat to see, as I explain in the piece.
>> I offer here a bonus example of these guys being together.
Neil Walker was charged with a throwing error that led to Cleveland’s first run in the third. But Walker never would have had the ball if Ronny Cedeno had fielded the initial hard bouncer cleanly. It ricocheted off his glove to Walker, whose throw in the dirt zipped past Lyle Overbay for his first error in 452 innings.
Cedeno approached me after the game in the clubhouse to tell me he wanted to take blame for the play, not his middle-infield partner.
Duly noted and done.
>> Maybe there will be more Pittsburghers here over the weekend, but I heard and saw very few here Friday night. Long way to go, I guess, before the Pirates develop that type of following.
>> Video of Kevin Correia after the game is at this click. He calls his balk “dumb.”
Really, it’s nuts to analyze pitching gaffes with this team. As Clint Hurdle put it, “It’s no secret: We need to hit.” Bingo.
>> Xavier Paul and Shin-Soo Choo represent “two of the best outfield arms in the game,” Hurdle said, and it was easy to see why Paul meets that criteria with that bullet he threw home in the sixth inning. I swear, from this vantage point in the press box off the third base side, I saw almost no arc to that ball.
>> For those who missed it, this was our chat transcript from yesterday.
>> One point of order this morning, too: I apologize for the blog being down at the start of the game last night. It happened to all the blogs, and the issue was fixed as quickly as possible.
The reason I bring this up is to ask for some patience. There are plans for a significant upgrade to this blog and other related features in the very near future, and I mean a matter of days. Remember, that I made this move only a few days ago, and the good people working on the tech stuff have had only that long to try to address a whole lot of requests that have come from many different directions, including from you.
They’re very excited about this, and they want this to succeed as much as you and I do.