CLEVELAND – Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My column this morning calls for the Pirates’ front office to step up. No more selloffs, no more standing on the sideline. This team has done its part by exceeding expectations. The same needs to happen from the top.
I am interested, as always, in your views in the comments. I know there is hardly a universal consensus on the topic.
>> Paul Maholm pitched better than his line, got no support, and on and on and on. Apparently, Maholm wasn’t all that happy with his work.
>> Want to know why Joel Hanrahan is one of the game’s best closers?
By the way, we’re also working on getting these videos embedded right on the blog. For now, I hope you’ll bear with me and do the extra click. The Hanrahan one is certainly worth it.
>> Why would the Indians invite Donnie Iris to perform in a postgame concert, and the Pirates haven’t done that?
Don’t get me wrong: I was delighted to see and hear the audience really getting into the show. But it seemed like it should have been happening in Pittsburgh.
>> Going to keep it a bit brief tonight. Quick turnaround in the morning.