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Wakeup Call: One down, two to go for Pirates

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 …

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6BvMRwlOGY

>> 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.

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