Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> Nice to be back. I recognize that the break was badly timed but, again, this little trip had been set up with the family months ago. I’m not going anywhere again for a long while.
>> On the next-to-last day of the trip, I drove down to Pirate City to see Luis Heredia pitch and came up with the inspiration for my column this morning, as well as a brief catch-up on Heredia and some accompanying video. (The photo I snapped above is just for you here on the blog.) I have more fun watching him pitch than anyone at any level of the organization.
Anyway, as you’ll see, the column takes on a lot of the concepts — and misconceptions — surrounding the Pirates at trade-deadline time.
>> Here is video of Heredia’s final batter Wednesday. I think you’ll like this.
>> I don’t know that many saw Max Starks’ release coming, but it surely tells you two things: 1. They didn’t like something about his shape, possibly even his recovery from the neck injury. 2. Jonathan Scott had better get the job done at left tackle, not Flozell Adams. With all due respect to the Hotel, he will be 36, and that’s asking a lot to move him into the toughest position on the line.
Bottom line is that, so far, they’ve cut $7 million off the $10 million they need to get under the cap, and this is without having even broached extensions for LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Mike Wallace and/or Troy Polamalu.
>> We will have our weekly chat today at noon, a day later than usual.