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Wakeup Call: J-Day, Part II

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> Going to keep this one short. Long day, plus some technical issues overnight kept me from posting this until after 2 a.m. My apologies to those used to visiting right away.

This is the Trib’s coverage of the Jaromir Jagr spectacle, by Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and myself. I’m not one to discuss effort on the job very often, but trust me there was an awful lot that went into the reporting, writing and editing of this piece. Crazy day, and I can tell you this was the very best we could give you about it this morning.

Upon participating in the reporting here, I can tell you that I believe Jagr will sign with the Penguins. Not a single person with whom any of us spoke felt otherwise.

But, until it happens …

>> It’s always great talking to the members of the Penguins’ first championship teams, and they never disappoint with any request. I hope you’ll enjoy their thoughts on what adding 68 would mean, on and off the ice.

>> The Pirates were mostly playing on my TV in the background last night because of the Jagr stuff, and I saw just a bit ago — in filling out my scorebook — that they mustered up one run on four hits, none for extra bases, and lost three runners on the basepaths.

All of those shortcomings have happened far too often. And, at the risk of sounding like a wet blanket here, it’s the offense’s unending miseries that keeps me from having any meaningful optimism for this team to make some sort of stirring bid for contention. Not going to happen without bats.

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