By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Brief and to the Point …
>> The Wednesday column is a collection of parting thoughts on Pittsburgh sports as I pack up for the big trip today. Had a bunch of stuff I wanted to get out, then the Wandy Rodriguez trade broke late at night, so this format worked out for the best in the end.
Since the column is in a similar format to this daily entry, I’ll keep this one short.
>> Here’s the Astros’ perspective on the trade, from the Houston Chronicle’s site. Rodriguez took the trade pretty hard. But for those unfamiliar with team sports, that’s what you want in a player. The Penguins experienced that recently when acquiring Brandon Sutter, who had become deeply attached to the Hurricanes. Those types of people truly commit.
>> Here’s Rodriguez’s official page.
>> Here’s a full-length feature in Sports Illustrated from 2010 on Rodriguez, including background on how he faked his name at one point.
>> If you missed it on the game thread, this was my talk with Evan Meek before first pitch yesterday …
>> Reader Jeff DeBaldo came through with a firm answer regarding my question yesterday about vacating victories as applied to statistics. This is the full NCAA form.
>> The chat has to be pushed back to Friday because of the travel. We’ll still go at the usual time — noon — live from London’s new Olympic Stadium before the Opening Ceremony.