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Wakeup Call: Cotchery’s personal call


Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column advises Ben Roethlisberger to get over it.

>> Snapped the pic over to the right with the Instagram app. Not worth $1 billion, but it’s got to be OK if it makes rank amateurs look good.

>> Also spent some time with Jerricho Cotchery, who made one of the more interesting decisions of the NFL offseason by rejoining the Steelers even though he was a free agent and easily could have assured himself starting duty elsewhere.

Why would he do that?

“Look around here,” Cotchery said, motioning toward the South Side field where he and the team just practiced. “This is real. Everything here is down to earth. It’s this team. It’s this organization. In my career, I’m about the Lombardi. I want to win. This was the place I wanted to be.”

Thought he was done there, but he added this: “And you know what? I’m gettin’ on that field.”

Cotchery certainly was good enough last season, especially down the stretch.

>> Troy Polamalu did show up, as our Mark Kaboly reports.

>> No question Andrew McCutchen has been the Pirates’ MVP to date, but allow me to cast a completely irrelevant vote right here for James McDonald as the player who has stepped up his game more than anyone.

He’s gone from a guy who couldn’t get you deep to a guy who does it every night. From having his strikeouts be a hindrance to his pitch counts to simply piling up strikeouts along the way. And now, he’s now gone all year without giving up more than three earned runs in a start.

I’ll say this again: This was Neal Huntington’s best trade by a broad margin.

>> Suzy Kolber called me “Devon” on ESPN last night. Fitting revenge, anyone?

>> Remind me to share with you one of these days how the Pirates’ minor-league people felt about Josh Harrison’s potential someday.

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