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Wakeup Call: Dan and Dave, move over

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column brings the first of my two-part Reporter’s Decathlon. I’ve done this in past Olympics. Basically, it’s just cover 10 random – preferably off-the-beaten-path – sports, then offer a few observations of each. It can be fun and, from a purely selfish perspective, gives a fuller feel for the Games.

Hope you like it. If so, the second part – the other five sports – will run tomorrow.

Below is my snap shot of the gold-medal men’s track cycling finish …

>> I also hope you enjoy our Alan Robinson asking the Steelers for today’s feature if they could take on Usain Bolt. Really telling stuff in there from Antonio Brown.

>> I won’t profess to know any more about how David DeCastro and Mike Adams have fared in Latrobe than what’s been written. But I do know that anyone passing judgment – good or bad – on rookie offensive linemen in their first camp who weren’t able to participate in OTAs … that’s pretty wild.

Maurkice Pouncey was an instant hit. Maybe that’s what some expected. Pouncey was rare.

>> When one of your best players costs you the game, you just move on. It happens. Nothing of value to analyze or dissect. That’s it.

>> Starling Marte does special things.

>> Having heard what amounts to my iPod played at the Opening Ceremony — Clash, Sex Pistols, New Order — it’s hardly surprising to find that the music scene here is as vibrant and vital as ever.

The Olympic Park embraces that with a concept called Park Live for major acts to perform, and a smaller stage near the cycling velodrome is home to the more offbeat stuff. I’ve spent a decent amount of time at the latter, including taking in a full set by a riveting punk/folk/ska/whatever group called Tankus the Henge.

But it can found everywhere. Three young men with a guitar, bass and drums set up shop outside the busy London Bridge rail station the other night. Totally spontaneous but drew a nice little crowd.

The next Smiths?


  1. Thundercrack says:

    I turned on The Fan this morning and Ed Bouchette was on. I didn’t hear the whole interview with him but it sounded like he was unimpressed so far with DeCastro.

    He did say it was very early in camp. Sounded like he felt that someone who does that well at Stanford and gets drafted in the first round —shouldn’t cause panic. But he did go on to mention past offensive linemen that were first round busts for the Steelers.

  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    DK — In keeping with the British music scene of years gone past, rate these bands according to YOUR listening preference:
    The Beat
    The Specials

    DK: Madness, Specials, English Beat.

  3. CWalton_67 says:

    Really enjoyed the column. Amusing, informative, and fun. Great tidbits on some of the lesser known sports whose athletes compete just as hard those in the more glamorous events.

    On a separate note, did you ever catch the Ramones at the Syria Mosque Ballroom, Dejan? Some great shows. My ears might still be ringing from back then.

    DK: Thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Never saw the Ramones. Not my thing.

  4. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    One good thing is that most of the teams fighting the Pirates, whether for the division or the wildcards, lost tonight as well. Cincinnati, Atlanta, & St Louis all lost. Dodgers are losing to Colorado 1-0 in the 5th. Only the Giants won, but they beat the Cardinals.

  5. JohninOshkosh says:

    Really glad that you reported on the London music scene. Truly remarkable what that small island has contributed to music.

    Nice story about the three lads. Puts me at mind to what the late D Boon and mate Mike Watt would often say, “Our band could be your life.”

    Glad to hear three kids and a dream still lives on. G C D Now go start a band.

    DK: Thanks.

  6. Curt says:

    I guess Grilli gets a mulligan for his epic collapse.
    I don’t like giving games away especially when Cincy loses.

    Trying to decide where to go from here since college football practices have started and I am without a team due to a scandal and refusing to root for that program now. Any suggestions for my new college football team?

    Have a great Wednesday everyone!

  7. Tim says:

    Dig your music choices. Dying here in the states with the crap that is put out now. Agree about DeCastro. Smizik needs to be put out to pasture.

  8. Jandy says:

    Curt, it’s not the team’s fault Sandusky is a child molester. Stick with your team, man.

  9. JAL says:

    JAL’s Arkansas Traveler Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)


    4—Pirates Prospects

    Pirates Notebook: Marte is as Advertised; Correia Adjusting to New Role

    Prospect Watch: Another Great Start For Holmes, Allie Hits His Third Homer

    Knights Run Down Indians; Holt Makes His AAA Debut

    Chris Leroux and Jeff Locke Could Fill Roles in Pittsburgh

    First Pitch: Wilson is Better in Relief This Year, Better as a Starter Long Term

    5 Bucs Dugout

    Chris Johnson’s Pair Of Homers Sink Pirates, 10-4

    6 Rumbunter

    I Hate Burnt Cheese, Pirates Fall 10-4 to Dangerous Diamondbacks

    7 McEffect

    Pence/Victorino vs. Snider/Sanchez Volume 1

    Monday 8/7 Minor League Roundup

    8 The Green Weenie

    Chris Johnson Bombs Blast Bucs 10-4

    9 Raise the Jolly Roger


    10 WHY GAVS

    Game 109: Diamondbacks 10 Pirates 4

    Erik Bedard’s roller coaster season

  10. Curt,

    Did you consider discontinuing your support of America when sick people like John Wilkes Booth and Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray took the lives of innocents?!? When the sick idiots killed innocents recently attending a movie with their families or going to worship?!?

    None of those players or present coaches at Penn State had anything to do with sick Jerry Sandusky’s actions. He’s in jail, the coach is dead, and the apparent cover-uppers are going to trial.

    I am not a Penn State guy, but it seems as if you are punishing and/or speaking out against the innocents still. There are all forms of innocents.

    Stay supportive as they try to overcome obstacles not in any way of their making, instead of punishing more innocents. That will actually be more helpful.

    My 2 cents.

  11. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 CBS Sports

    Pirates-Diamondbacks game Preview

    12 Patriot News

    Have the Pittsburgh Pirates shortened your Steelers attention span?

    13 Chicago Tribune

    Pirates Report,0,2084474.story

    14 KDKA

    Pitching Coach Talks Impact Of Starters A.J. Burnett, Erik Bedard

    15 USA Today

    Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen showcases mettle in Steel City

    16 Arizona Republic

    Chris Johnson’s homers lead Arizona Diamondbacks over Pittsburgh Pirates

    17 Beaver County Times

    Grilli burned but not panicking


    18 PBC Site

    Bucs take rare loss after taking lead into eighth

    Notebook: Wilson may provide relief down the stretch

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    7 Questions for the Stretch Drive

    20 Fangraphs

    Q&A: Andrew McCutchen, Thoughtful Superstar

  12. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    2012 Steelers Training Camp Observations: Part Three

    Replacement Officials Might Get Some Calls Wrong During NFL Games

    22 Steelers Depot

    -Training camp Updates Day 14

    23 Steelers Gab

    Getting to Know the 2012 Steelers: WR Jerricho Cotchery

    24 Nice Pick Cower

    Tainted Love: Steelers Should Deal Wallace

    Pitt Blogs

    25 Pitt Blather

    Looking at the Defensive Challenges

    26 Cardiac Hill

    Mike Young’s Commitment To Pitt Fills Position Of Need

    WVU Blogs

    27 Metro News

    Preparing For The Worst

    28 WV Illustrated

    Quotes from Coach: Depth, Competition Defining WVU Camp


    29 Sky Sports

    Transfer Clockwatch

    30 Daily Telegraph

    Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says last season’s lessons learned after title loss to City rivals

    31 World Soccer Daily

    10 Ten stories you need to read, August 7th, 2012


    32 Pensburgh

    Season in Review: Kris Letang

  13. JAL says:

    Arkansas Traveler Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys”The Arkansas Traveler” was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963; it has been the state historical song since 1987.

  14. JAL says:

    Also word is that Jeff Locke is coming up but no word who will go down or to the DL

  15. Jandy says:

    This is well-deserved.

    • Andrew McCutchen will receive the Major League Baseball Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle Award on Wednesday. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and embody the values and tradition of the game. Kent Tekulve will present the award in a pregame ceremony.

    — Rob Biertempfel

  16. The Gunner says:

    @ JAL – 15

    Could be McDonald going on the DL or Mercer, who must be rusty as all get-out, going down to Indy to get some playing time.

    Tonight’s game is a must win for the Bucs. And, Garrett Jones & young Snider should be in the lineup tonight since the Arizona pitcher is a righty.

  17. Jandy says:

    I have to say, I’m very happy with Travis Snider. The kid has heart, and has been producing.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    Calling Locke up may not be injury related. Using 6 starters makes them 1 man short in the pen to begin with. And since Correia hasn’t started a game in 2 weeks, you can’t really expect to get any length out of him. He’s been only a 5 or 6 inning pitcher to begin with.

  19. Did any of you get to hear Kevin Correia interviewed on the Pregame last night?

    Greg Brown asked him about Rob Biertempfel’s report (the only one to report this), using Biertempfel’s name, that Correia had asked to be traded. Correia said emphatically that he had NEVER asked to be traded. He only said that he preferred to be a starter and that he was disappointed when removed from the rotation. Correia then went on to say that he wanted to help this team win, he wanted to help finish the task with this team this year, and he would do whatever asked to help this team win.

    Creative writing by 24/7? Needs his hearing aids upgraded? Correia lying? 24/7 did the interview on his private time while looking for a parking space? You decide.

  20. Jandy says:

    G2M2S, I’d be willing to bet Correia isn’t lying. You can decide the rest from there. Even if hearing aids need replaced, there’s always lip-reading to fall back on ;)

  21. You are a wise person, JandyGirl!

  22. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You can count on Jordy going down. He’s the least used of any player on the team. Hurdle said he’d see some action, but did he say where?

  23. NMR says:

    Fantastic wit, Dejan. Truly an enjoyable read. Just next time, lead with the story about the guys neck being crushed by an overhead 400 pound weight and close with Ding a Ling and Dong Dong. Yikes!

    DK: Glad you liked it. The events were told in the order I covered them.

  24. NMR says:

    Thanks for that, Groat.

    Hard to tell where the truth falls. Either way, lets hope Kevin finds peace and can help the ball club.

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    Experience tells me to side with the writer in these cases. And particularly in this case. What reason would he have to make something up ? When has he ever made something up ? You all saw how Correia was acting. He’s just trying to cover his butt.

  26. JAL,

    Thanks for the info on Locke. I couldn’t find that anywhere else here or across the river. Keep us updated.

    Perplexing move: don’t need an untested starter with Correia here and available. I see this 6-man rotation as a one shot deal.

    Since Hurdle just announced yesterday that Justin Wilson was being moved to the bullpen to help the Bucs THIS YEAR, one would think either he or Bryan Morris would be the logical one to come up and fill innings if needed. Wilson is certainly stretched out.

    August 8 not the right time to use Convenience List——someone must actually be hurting.

  27. Jandy says:

    Milo, I’d side with MOST writers, but not in this case….just sayin…

  28. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo—I didn’t see how Correia was acting. What I saw was 24/7’s report and a lot of speculation here. It’s no secret he wasn’t happy about being taken out of the rotation, but the rest of the stuff, at least to me, seemed like it was overblown, and based on a story growing as it was passed along.

  29. Milo Hamilton says:


    Bob Walk, who says nothing bad about anyone, called Correia’s act “childish”. And followed that up by saying that he “wished Kevin had handled it more like a man.”

    If you didn’t see the pouting act that weekend in Houston, you just weren’t watching.

  30. Milo Hamilton says:

    Greg Brown also said that Correia had completely removed himself from the team & his teammates and wasn’t talking to anyone. Obviously he’s finally gotten over it. I guess getting the ball will do that for a guy.

  31. PhillyJake says:

    Love the Dan & Dave reference!

  32. Milo,

    Usually I agree with you that writers report what they hear. Usually.

    It’s just that no one else——Dejan, Perrotto, the two rookies across the river, Singer, or the announcers——confirmed hearing anything at all like this. And 24/7 got a lot of name recognition/play on MLB Rumors and in the baseball blogs. Jus’ sayin’.

    Sometimes . . . . athletes tell the truth.

    And maybe I am just prejudiced against folks who don’t hustle . . . . . whether it’s Tabata or a baseball writer. I never write the term “24/7″ out of affection. I am still ticked that he went there.

  33. The very next game after Greg Brown said that Correia was not talking to anyone, Correia was shown on TV talking and laughing with Hanrahan in the bullpen.

    Gossip! It grows! This all plays out like the old “telephone” game we played in 1st grade, passing down a secret by whispering in the ear of the person next to us. Never came out close to the original.

  34. Thundercrack says:

    I heard the interview last night. My reaction was that someone either didn’t hear correctly or isn’t exactly telling the truth.

    When I brought up the point as to whether Correia asked or demanded to be traded, DK pointed out that the player can always not say anything.

    I don’t really have a problem with what Correia did. He was upset – and I can see why. Then he got over it. If a starting pitcher is sent to the pen (especially after winning 6 in a row…no matter how much run support he got) and started high-fiving everyone because of that ‘demotion’, I would think the guy is a phoney.

  35. NMR says:

    I’ll second Groat’s stance on “24/7″ not exactly being a term of endearment.

    And Milo’s thought that Correia sure looked like the kind’ve guy who wanted to be gone.

    Tough one to judge.

    In the end, its good that Kevin came around and the only damage is a few tire tracks on 24/7’s rear.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    Last word on this from me. First off, I respect all of your opinions on this. My beef with Correia isn’t if he did or didn’t ask to be traded. It’s with the unprofessional way he acted in Houston after he was pulled from the rotation. He had every right to be upset, I sure would have been. But you just have to do a better job of hiding it.

  37. Cracker,

    I agree with you. And I heard your interaction with Dejan a few days ago about that. You asked a good question. It sounded as if Dejan was defending one of “his boys” rather than confirming through his sources that Correia had made such demands.

    Hey, I’m defensive for “my boys” too.

  38. NMR says:

    “I don’t really have a problem with what Correia did. He was upset – and I can see why. Then he got over it. If a starting pitcher is sent to the pen (especially after winning 6 in a row…no matter how much run support he got) and started high-fiving everyone because of that ‘demotion’, I would think the guy is a phoney.”

    For an explanation on how a starting pitcher takes a demotion to the pen with class and professionalism, see Lincoln, Brad.

    Correia acted immaturely and let his emotions get the best of him. Period.

  39. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo–I was not watching. I was getting ready for, and then driving 20 hours to see my daughter in Charleston, SC, and then on to Florida, where I stopped in Bradenton to see McKechnie, and had a late dinner at a table next to who I believe was Donnie Robinson. So I missed those games. Even from your description, however, like I said, I knew he was unhappy, but a lot got made out of that, maybe only some of which was true. I’m sure he could have handled it better.

  40. Thundercrack says:

    I wish DK was here to provide the link to RB’s story (you know how he likes to provide links ). I don’t recall Correia saying “I want to be traded”. Or demanding it. I don’t recall those quotes.
    I do recall him saying “I want to be a starter”.

  41. Milo Hamilton says:


    I envy you guys whose kids move to these awesome places. Sounds like a good time. With my luck, mine will move to Buffalo.

  42. Wilver Dornel,

    I read your note early this morning about receiving your Willie stamps. I smiled.

    I bought $600 worth, and every time I go to use one, I ask myself, “Is this envelope worthy to have Willie’s visage on it?!”

    Still haven’t used one to pay bills.

  43. NMR says:

    I was just thinking the same, Milo. Jealous.

  44. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Speaking of Lincoln, he’s not been scored upon in his 2 outings in Toronto. 4 2/3, 1 hit, 2 BB’s 3 K’s. I know Snider has been good, too, but it would be nice to have Lincoln. The ultimate “just sayin'”.

  45. Jandy says:

    Well, you guys know I’m from little “Tuna Town” Altoona. My oldest daughter moved to the Burgh. Sorry, but I love to visit the Burgh, no way do I want to live there.

  46. My daughter and her Methodist College Chaplain husband moved to Huntington, West Virginia [Marshall Un]. Makes Buffalo seem like Charleston, SC!

  47. Thundercrack says:

    Thanks JAL. When you provide links, you do it in a nice way.

    It looks like Correia did ask to be traded: I want to start / For me to do that I’ll have to go somewhere else. Still not sure that is a demand.

    Let’s hope that malcontent pitches our Bucs to victory tonight.

  48. LuckyNKentucky says:


    At least it doesn’t snow from September to June in Huntington. Buffalo probably has a winter storm watch out today.

  49. Who was the wise guy who last night stated that Garrett Jones would soon be going in for defense in right field in late innings? Or, maybe I imagined that.

    We have to give Snider time to adjust to right field in PNC, but so far on the road and at home, Snider has proven he can play “Ring Around the Rosie” in right with the best of them.

  50. Kentuck Knob,

    In Huntington you can look across the river and see the Promised Land——Kentucky!

    Or, you can walk across that river!

  51. Milo Hamilton says:


    That was me. Garrett Jones is our best defensive rightfielder. Period.

  52. Milo, that was a GREAT call!!! I wish I had thought of it first!

  53. tdb1977 says:


    What a great perspective of the games. Great job with each sport. I’ve tried to catch different sports on TV that you normally don’t see much off. Took in some archery the opening weekend. Some handball a couple of days ago. Weight lifting recently. Even sat through a boxing match. But I cannot phatom what it is like to be at each one of these sports. I cannot wait to read tomorrow’s final 5.

    As for the Pirates last night, you win some, you lose some, and your bullpen completely gets shredded. At least the other teams that we are battling all lost, so no ground was lost. Will be interested to see what KC does tonight when he takes the hill. Will also be interested to see how the bullpen plays tonight when they are given the ball. Will last night’s collapse be just a blip on the radar or will it be the start of some bigger kinks to show up.

    DK: Thank you.

  54. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I’m not so sure who this land was promised to. Illegal aliens, possibly. Not the kind from outer space either. The only walking on water here is a ferry (boat) we have here that’s still active.

    Did Snider butcher another play last night? Maybe he can play first.

  55. Jandy says:

    Lucky, good crack on the storm watch in Buffalo LOL!

  56. Jandy says:

    Hey now, Snider did fine last night. Grrrr!!

  57. NMR says:

    Sanchez did hit the ball hard last night, as requested. It just so happened to land directly in the center fielders glove without moving more than a few feet.

    I would love to turn Snider into a first baseman…as long as that means he and Tabby both have earned starting ML roles.

    Last night’s game is one that makes you feel grateful.

    The team was 53-0 when leading after 8 innings. Very, very impressive.

  58. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo–it was a good time, and my 15 year old son was with me, and my father at the destination in Florida. Only bad thing was I got Dejaned after stopping in Bradenton—I got a speeding ticket on 75, an hour and a half from my destination.

  59. Jandy says:

    AW….ewwww that really sucks…sorry about the ticket…I really can’t stand cops lol

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sounds like Jandy’s got a budding Letang thing going with Snider ?

  61. Leefoo says:

    Jandy….next time I go to a Curve game, would you want to get together? I’ll leave my wife behind, you leave your hubby behind and….oh wait….that wouldn’t be nice would it?

    Seriously, if you ever do (not this year….we’re all tripped out), let me know.


    Last night upset me, but let me put this out there. We are 59-1 when leading after 7 innings. I bet EVERY team in the Majors would take that!


    Not sure why Locke is being brought up. Maybe to piggyback on KC? However, I’d rather see him start than KC. If KC was still in the regular rotation, I’d be more confident.

    As for KC wanting to be traded, I honestly don’t blame him IF he WAS ticked. He’d only won SIX in a row. Say what you will about the batters picking him up, but I sure didn’t see Bedard winning six in a row!!!

    Clint, having two players on his bench that he is loathe to use up in the game, his backup catcher and ‘backup’ SS (why is he so anal on that?) is really hurting our Pinch hitting. JHay is now 3-21, almost Xavier Paul like futility.

    Exhaustive Foo (free from the reign of terror that is the dog!)


  62. Leefoo says:

    Clay Holmes pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday at State College as he lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.83 over nine starts and 43.1 innings.

    Not bad for a 19 yr old!!

    Keep those young pitchers coming, Neal.

    Minor League Foo


  63. Ah-h-h, a new standard term has appeared here——”got Dejaned” when being stopped for speeding!

    Few things worse than getting Dejaned!

  64. Jandy says:

    Milo, sure I enjoy eye candy, I’ve admitted it. But honestly, the kid has good composure, he has been very good defensively, he’s hitting the ball, getting on base, and driving in runs. What more can one ask for?

    Quixote Foo, Oh my! Man, I almost fell off my seat. Seriously tho, we can try to do a foursome at a Curve game..or threesome if your better half isn’t interested. Hubby loved it when I dragged him there a few weeks ago.

    All: last night WAS upsetting. But, the pitching wasn’t there for any of our guys. The batting was hit and miss. We left too many stranded on base. Tonight is another game.

  65. Leefoo says:

    This is from Kristy R:

    “According to a source, Jeff Locke is headed to Pittsburgh to join the club.

    Kevin Correia is slated to spot start on Wednesday for the Pirates. Locke, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A, was promoted likely as insurance arm.

    The move is not yet official. No word yet on the corresponding roster move.”

  66. Leefoo says:



  67. Jason81 says:

    @ Groat (#51)

    Look at it this way, at least you aren’t watching J-Hay or DREWSUTTON butcher plays in RF anymore.

    You could have pulled Derek Bell off of his boat to play RF and it would have been less adventurous than those two.

  68. National Mart of Records

    Snider’s only 24. Let’s let him settle in in right field for a while before we start moving him around to try other positions. When you start discussing the moving of positions, it only leads to frustration. See “Alvarez, Pedro” for multiple frustrations expressed about moving to 1st.

    Plus, Snider can get better . . . . . look at Garrett Jones: he in short order has become the best fielding rightfielder on the team. Jones keeps improving magically every day!

  69. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kristy Robinson keeps getting these scoops on call-ups. Where are the beat writers from the 2 daily Pittsburgh newspapers on these ? Makes you wonder.

  70. Leefoo says:

    Milo…have you ever seen Kristy? Who would you give the scoop to…her or an ugly guy like Dejan?

    :) :) :)

  71. Leefoo says:

    Jandy….on # 8 with Curt!

    Preach it, sis!! The team needs us Penn Staters more than ever!!

    PSU Foo


  72. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Jandy and Fooster,

    Did I see something about a 3-some or a 4-some in a post above? Don’t forget, DK’s kids read this blog. This is a family blog. Just kidding.


    Our minors are pitching rich and should be for years to come. Neal’s hair will be white when he retires from the FO. Just ask Roberto, his secretary and coffee-getter.

  73. NMR says:

    By all means, Groatskie, I’m not trying to pull a fast one on Snider. I’d be more than happy for him to settle into an outfield spot for the next four years.

    Just leaving out hope that Tabby can fit in there at some point as well. Have my cake and eat it, too.

  74. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Kristy is from my home town. Yes, something good can come out of there and it’s not Lou Holtz or fine china.

  75. I concur, Milo.

    This Kristy Robinson is a piece of work. She showed up at Pirate City in Spring Training this year, and went out on the field to interview players, wearing a backless sundress and 5 inch heels. She had to walk slowly because her heels kept sinking in the grass.

    Very unprofessional, even ridiculous to try walking out on the grass——but it got her attention and interviews!

  76. NMR says:


    I’m pretty sure I inadvertently started a “who-broke-the-story-first” argument on the blog by suggesting once that Dejan would get way more stories if he looked half as good as Kristy.

    Completely, 100% joking, mind you.

  77. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was going to comment on the threesome/foursome, but got beat by the resident preacher. Go figure. :-)

  78. Milo Hamilton says:


    Yes, I have seen Kristy. Your point is well taken. Seems from reading her twitter she was up for Lacee’s spot on Root but didn’t get it. Looks like they’ll be missing out on some inside info.

  79. Jandy says:

    OK guys, SOME of you are bouncing me for Letang and Snider “preferences” and here you guys (some of you) are drooling over Kristy….sure…sure..double standards.
    :p :p :p :p

  80. Jandy says:

    Lucky and AW, now look, boys, don’t be starting rumors in here ;)

  81. National Mart of Records,

    Nothing wrong with cake! We’ll all get thin tomorrow.

  82. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo–have they named a replacement for Lacee? And did they ever say why she left/was fired? Did she wear 5 inch heels?

  83. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Paul told Timothy, a young preacher, to be “instant in season and out.” Just doing my part. Have to be quick on the draw to get any over on ya’all. (yunz)

  84. “Rode hard and put to barn wet” if you ask me.

    I prefer Dejan, in a manly sort of way.

  85. Milo Hamilton says:


    I haven’t heard about a Lacee replacement. Shouldn’t be too hard to step into those shoes, whatever kind. Kinda the opposite of replacing a legend. Like I said before, the person that hired her should be fired.

  86. Justin says:

    Great article DK! That was a lot of fun, almost like I was there with you. Looking forward to day 2!

  87. Arriba Wilver says:

    I always thought the same guy who decided the crowd was more important hired Lacee. She wasnt bad at the crowd interview stuff. But she tried to act like a sports reporter and would ask things like, “So, does it feel better to go 4-4 instead of 0-20?”

  88. JAL says:

    53-1 when leading after 7

  89. JAL,

    If you come across any more info on the Jeff Locke thing, let us know.

    I am perplexed by it.

  90. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Astros have won 4 games since June 28th.

  91. Leefoo says:

    I don’t care….I LOVED Lacee!!!!!!!


    From MLB Rumors:

    “The Angels released catcher Robinzon Diaz from their Triple-A team, according to the Pacific Coast League. Diaz, who last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2009, has a 285/.309/.437 batting line in 166 plate appearances at Triple-A this year.”

    Maybe we can pick him up and trade him to Toronto for some guy named Jose?

    Too soon?


    Good talking to all, here….out for the most of the day. Gonna go do some errands, get some fish for the grill and other stuff. Where did I EVER find the time to work for a living!!! :)

    BBQ Foo



  92. Leefoo says:

    Almost foogot….Ohlie won a game last night and is 4-2 for the Padres!!! Petco can make almost ANY pitcher look good (except Kip Wells who got DFA’d…)



  93. By the way, I am not a Penn State guy but I have usually watched their games.

    I’m glad they will have names on the back of their uni’s this year. I WANT to know the names of the guys who are innocents and remained loyal to their school.

    Whether O’Brien’s announcement was hokie or real, I like it.

    And I like it that the whole team will wear the ribbons symbolizing protection of young children. Let’s see if Syracuse does than, or will their rug continue to have a lump!

  94. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Ohlie already has 3 more wins than he did in his 2.17 million dollar season. Petco forever.

  95. Dejan,

    I know nothing beats cycledromes and handball games that have to be explained . . . . .

    Actually I do envy you!

    However, I am sorry you are not getting to see firsthand that young colt running around in left field——throwing out runners at 2nd with a laser that never gets more than 5 feet off the ground, turning obvious doubles into singles by his quickness, and his “Bombs Away” when he hits that ball! And his steals . . . . !

    There will be ample joy for you to see when you return to the North Side——er, I mean, Shore!

    DK: You feel sorry for someone covering the World’s greatest sporting event?

    Because I’m missing six home games of a baseball regular season which will still have six weeks to go when I get back?

    What do I do with that, Groat?

    Not even sure how to answer.

  96. Milo Hamilton says:

    If Ohlendorf pitches against Bedard Sunday I’d better cancel dinner plans.

  97. Jandy says:

    Why don’t you just rub it in, Groat? ;)

  98. Milo,

    Just imagine how wet the mound would be with the sweat coming off of those two! For fours hours!

  99. You winked at me, JandyGirl! I feel slightly flushed . . . . .

  100. Jandy says:

    Man, it’s gettin’ sticky in here….

  101. Milo Hamilton says:

    I know I enjoy watching “the world’s greatest sporting event” during commercials & pitching changes of what’s really important.

  102. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Charleston and Brandenton are awesome places. I’ve lived by both and visited both multiple times.

    Love it

  103. JAL says:

    Heading to Baltimore for the rest of the week. Should be able to do the morning links but won’t be around the blog that much.

  104. Jandy says:

    hey Ryan, what’s for breakfast? lol

  105. Dejan,

    As Billy said, “Methinks thou dost . . . . . . ”

    No, as I said above, I envy you. However, I’m letting you know there’s something mighty great going on RIGHT NOW here that you will enjoy when you’re done hugging the wife and kiddies.

    Starling steals bases easily the way I thought McCutch would.

  106. Jandy says:

    Yup, Groat’s rubbing it in! ;) :) :)

  107. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Nothing. I’m not a breakfast eater!!!!

  108. Milo,

    It was only IN A COMMERCIAL that I got to see Bolt run the 100!!!

    Thanks to Oshkosh b’ Gosh, I did see one other thing!

    I can’t stand the constant hugging in Girls’ Tumbling!

    Since everything is tape-delayed anyway, I’m waiting for the DVD.

  109. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Yea, I hate watching the girls hug also…….drives me nuts

  110. Milo Hamilton says:

    My heart goes out to Andy Reid. We’re supposed to bury our parents, not our kids. There’s no handbook for this.

  111. LuckyNKentucky says:


    DK’s wife is with him this week. They probably farmed the poor kiddies out to grandparents while they honeymooned in merry old England.

  112. Jandy says:

    Milo, was that suicide? Drug related?

  113. Kentuck Knob,


    He is probably seeing more of his wife in London than he ever does in Pittsburgh, especially with his insomnia here.

    Dejan, stay as long as you want in London. Take your wife to see the women play The Sport That Must Not Be Named! Introduce yourself to her. She’s probably been wondering whatever happened to that guy that gave her that funny last name.

    Now we know why you consider this “the World’s greatest sporting event!” This should salve your sarcasm for a while!

    Marte’s really not that good anyway!!!

  114. Milo Hamilton says:


    I don’t think an official cause of death has been determined. The way Reid was talking, it sure sounded drug related. Very sad.

  115. Jandy says:

    Groat,you’re killing me! lol

    Milo, you’re right, there is no handbook for it .

  116. Definitely not suicide. Waiting for tox reports for final determination. Happened AT Eagles’ Training Camp in dorms. 29 years old.

    As Milo said, “Really sad.”

  117. Jandy says:

    Groat, I had read that it was at the Training Camp, but no other details….weird…

  118. Ya know . . . . .

    . . . . . Dejan has made it a point to tell us that he has access to the Olympic Athletes’ Village
    . . . . . and he did speak so highly and familiarly of that Judo athlete who was suspended
    . . . . . We all know that Dejan does not drink. But he never told us that he doesn’t have a sweet tooth for brownies.

    Maybe Dejan’s giddiness about “the World’s greatest sporting event” is not just because his beautiful wife is now traveling with him! Brownies, anyone?

  119. Jandy says:

    OMG Groat! LMAO!

  120. djpirates says:

    Per the US athlete who was booted for testing positive for marijuana – a quote from his father.

    “I don’t understand it,” said Delpopolo’s father, Dominic. “You know what? Most of those athletes do that stuff. I don’t do it. I don’t recommend it. But if you take the whole population, it’s pretty normal.”

  121. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Reid’s son died over the weekend. He does have the history of drug related issues. Sad deal.

    Andy Reid had employed his son as the Asst. Strength and Training Coordinator and was reportedly doing well.

    He died in his dorm room. He was 29 years old.

    My son had a football teammate die on Monday. Cause of death has yet to be determined, but it was a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Not sure if it was suicide or accidental. Parents just went through nasty divorce and has one older brother.

    The kid was 13 years old. The gun was not locked up.

    My son, who is also 13 knew the kid. Weren’t best friends, but knew him well enough to be affected by the incident. I was unable to attend the practice last night when the coaching staff, all of whom were choked up, told the parents and team.

    Football is a lifelong community. If any sport/team can overcome such tragedy, its the football nation.

    I dealt with similiar situations when I was 13 and again when I was in High School. Death of a friend and teammate is never easy.

    But I couldn’t bear the thought of losing my sons……….I have 4.

    I’m not a huge prayer, but I have been all week.

    The kid was 13 years old.

  122. Thundercrack says:

    Unprofessional?!! Have you ever seen DK in heels? Yuck.

  123. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Love the column, extremely funny.

    One observation though: “It’s not the handball you play with your boss at the Racquet Club.”

    Who do you think reads your columns mostly? LOL

    DK: Glad you liked it, Ryan.

  124. Jandy says:

    Ryan, I can fully comprehend the sentiment regarding your sons. I feel the same about my two daughters and step-son. Anyone even think of hurting them, I’ll either go to jail for killing THEM or die trying.

    TC *heels* ;)

  125. buggee says:

    Hands down, Dejan, one of the funniest lines I’ve read from you in awhile is this one: “”inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana.”

    Absolutely priceless. How could you keep a straight face after hearing that?

  126. Jandy says:

    wait now…I could have sworn that said Heals…wth?

  127. pants-n-at says:

    @ djpirates: Thanks for the link. I think its ironic he is from Burnt Hills, NJ.

  128. NMR says:

    I’ll second the thanks for that link.

    Good read, and good points.

    Another case where the punishment far, far outweighs the crime.

  129. Reading says:

    “World’s greatest Sporting Event?” Apparently, somebody has never been to a Clown Rodeo.

  130. JohninOshkosh says:

    Now it is all coming together. Dejan proudly tweeted a picture before embarking across the pond of his half full carry on boasting that was all he needed to pack for 18 days. I was quasi impressed even with full knowledge that, as we all know, he didn’t have to make room for socks. Did not know his better half was with him. She probably brought one of those grand piano size pieces of luggage that had ample space for his pocket t-shirts and Winnipeg Jets attire.

    Also, no Pirate prospects to act as photographer as in Mexico so I guess no postings of the happy couple in London.

  131. LuckyNKentucky says:


    There was a nice pix DK tweeted of Dali at Picadilly Circus in front of a double-decker bus. Didn’t see Mr. K, so I assume he snapped it.

  132. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks Lucky:

    I have to admit, my twitter allegiance is lukewarm. Certainly don’t see everything posted on it.

  133. MSC says:

    DK – funniest column you have ever written.

    The undersized female Korean goon….Cannot wait for tomorrow!

  134. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I know what you’re saying. Only ones I follow are DK, 24/7 and Cutch. I never tweet. Some great London pix he’s provided on there.

  135. RobertoForever says:


    Great article. My dream is to take my two boys with me to a Summer Olympics. I was rooting for Chicago last time. I love team handball, unfortunately, neither of the two U.S. teams qualified for it this year.

  136. Drew71 says:

    Are you going to take that, Dejan?

    I think they just called you a heal.

  137. RobertoForever says:

    Speaking of team handball, great quarterfinal match between Sweden and Denmark.

    Some serious Scandinavian on Scandinavian crime in this match.

  138. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    This is one of DK’s best…….but not the funniest.

    The funniest one was the one when he was talking to……..Oh someone help me out with this one.

    He was talking to the typical Yinzer I think…something like that. Now THAT was funny.

  139. NMR says:

    Speaking of Twitter, anyone following Dejans rant on this new Pirates “fan” site?

    Is there even a shred of doubt this was the brain child of the biggest idiot in Pittsburgh sports?

    Frank Coonely makes the Port Authority Executive Board look like Americas founding fathers in terms of competency.

    If Frank Coonely were named CEO of Google, the company would be reduced to personal adds in the back of the City Paper by the end of the year.

    Frank Coonely is to the Pittsburgh Pirates as George Costanza was to the New York Yankees.

    Frank Coonely uses the NCAA as a character reference.

    In five years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, I have not read a single compliment about this man that didn’t originate from Seligs office.

    That may be the ultimate definition of damning with faint praise.

  140. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I never was a twitter fan, until I actually started using it.

    Twitter is awesome and very addictive. I tweet all the time, but doesn’t mean you get a response.

    Though DK has “favorited” a couple of mine…….I get lucky every once in awhile.

  141. Jandy says:

    I’m not touching that one again…

  142. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Could you slip next door to Neal’s office and see what’s up with Jeff Locke? We’re all curious. Thanks.

  143. RobertoForever says:


    Sorry, still dreaming up ways to get Jamey Carroll traded to the Bucs.

  144. RobertoForever says:


    I found out what’s up with Locke. But I can only tell you if you join

  145. LuckyNKentucky says:




    That can’t be real, can it? Just seeing Dennis Quaid Coonelly’s face on there is enough for me to avoid it.

  146. RobertoForever says:

    Seriously though, Neal told me that Alex Presley is headed to Indy. Locke officially up

  147. LuckyNKentucky says:


  148. NMR says:


    I truly, truly thought it was fake when DK linked the homepage.

    When he verified its authenticity, I was, I don’t even know the word.

    If this doesn’t get Coonely fired, the man is made out of teflon.

  149. RobertoForever says:

    Can’t confirm this officially, and I’ll deny if it asked, but expect to see Tabata up when Locke goes down.

  150. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Amen and double amen.

  151. NMR says:

    Repeat after me:

    •I don’t just like the Pirates, I am a zealot who follows them religiously and passionately.
    •I am willing and able to look at team issues from the perspectives of Pirates ownership, management, players and fans.
    •I will embrace my advisory role and understand that the Pirates front office will determine how best to utilize the information provided by the weekly Pirate Fan Advisor reports.
    •I am committed to answering the weekly advisory question on a regular basis and understand that my status as a Pirate Fan Advisor can be revoked as a result of me not providing feedback at a minimal level.
    •I feel that I understand baseball more than the average fan.
    •I do not believe in “easy answers” and acknowledge that many issues upon which I will be asked to provide feedback are difficult.
    •I am eager to assist the Pirates be a winning organization over the long haul.
    •I want to help the Pirates succeed, but am independent in my thinking from both players and management.
    •I can think about Pirates team issues objectively and at times agree with front office decisions and other times disagree.
    •I recognize that there are times when my opinion is not shared by the majority of other Pirates fans

  152. NMR,

    What is the address to DK’s twitter? When I tried Dejan Kovacevic, I got some guy in Servia!

  153. LuckyNKentucky says:


    He may have earned it. He’s well up over .300. Maybe he’s showing some hustle. Hope so, for his sake and the Bucs.

  154. JMB says:

    I don’t know. This could be NH. He is a New Englander, so the Red Sox reference leads me to him. Frank is a Phil.

    From DK’s sulia, “One of their top people a good while back (I won’t say who) wondered why I couldn’t do a better job of educating the fan base about baseball. If I did, the thought continued, Pittsburgh fans could be as savvy as Red Sox fans. This in a year the Pirates lost 105 games!”

  155. NMR says:


  156. NMR says:


    There are zero similiarities between the way Huntington and Cherington manage and put together their teams.

    I highly doubt Neal wants fans to expect a Red Sox, major market style of management.

  157. The Gunner says:

    @ RobertoForever – 151

    Looking forward to Scabata’s return

  158. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    At this rate, I think JT has earned his promotion. He’s done well as of late.

    Maybe returned his fire for the game and the appreciation for the next level.

  159. Arriba Wilver says:

    NMR–I don’t think being as “savvy” is the same as thinking we should be doing the same things as the Red Sox. It is kind of condescending in any event. And as much as I agree with your comments about FC, Even I think he’s more “savvy” than to make that stupid comment. He goes out of his way to suck up to the fans. Sounds like Kyle Stark to me.

  160. JRay3 says:

    Sorry I’m late to this party I was too busy signing up to be an “official” Pirates Fan Advisor. I have advised Mr. Nutting to remove Frank Coonely from his post immediately.

    In addition I have advised NH to shore up the team’s bench and not wait until the September 1 call ups. I have advised him to take a look at what is down in Indy as there maybe some help in those ranks.

    I have advised Clint Hurdle to let the Fort play in more games and ride the hot bat and to give Clint Barmes a few more days off.

    Busy morning.

    Brewers – Reds 0-0 B2 can the Brew Crew deliver a sweep?

  161. JohninOshkosh says:

    2-0 Reds

  162. radio wave says:

    Reds take 2-0 lead on Navarro homer.

  163. NMR says:


    Could be. I guess I just assumed Neal would be giving self-serving advice.

    It’s depressing that the first three people have three different guesses as to which of the village idiots this can be attributed to.

    Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR Pittsburgh Pirates!

  164. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Alright. I guess I gotta check out that linnk you guys are talking about.

  165. buggee says:

    >>> What’s that game where dudes in kilts chuck telephone poles? THAT should be in the Olympics!

    Raise IT ya dayummed shuttlecock

  166. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Or not…… won’t let me see it.

  167. Jandy says:


  168. RobertoForever says:

    Lineup is out

    vs RHP Ian Kennedy

    Marte LF, Snider RF, Cutch CF, Jones 1B, Walker 2B, Alvarez 3B, Barajas C, Mercer SS, Correia P

    The obligatory 1x per week start for Jordy.

  169. LuckyNKentucky says:

    24/7 just tweeted the Locke call-up. Now we know Roberto is “Rob”.

  170. Arriba Wilver says:

    I hope all the guys on Smizik’s blog join the Fan Advisor Network, toot sweet.

  171. NMR says:

    That might take the PG’s site down for days when they get their hands on it.

    Coonely’s DUI was a daily topic with 200+ posts for a week.

  172. buggee says:

    Hiya Jandylicious . Not EVEN believable that you have kids that might be old enough to vote. Yowza!

    Nice lineup, except for the catcher position. The Line today should be interesting.

    “Turn your head and cough”

  173. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Told you the #FREEJORDYMERCER deal would work.

    Let’s see what he can do.

    Probably an 0-4…..

  174. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    The Locke callup was made last night as well…….

    2 other people to follow on twitter: Tim Williams and Kristy Robinson.

  175. Jandy says:

    buggee, lol…my oldest will be 30 in December. I have a grand daughter :)

    I prefer Fort for sure…FREE THE FORT!

  176. RobertoForever says:


    Don’t insult me like that. Kristy Robinson was the first to tweet it. I gave the scoop to her. As you know, Kristy always beats Lisa and 24/7 to scoops, including daily lineups.

  177. RobertoForever says:


    but I was the first to CONFIRM it.

    signed, Lisa

  178. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Make sure you put the hashtag (#) in front…….its a twitter thing…

  179. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I’m fan of Kristy Robinson………

  180. Thundercrack says:

    Has anyone reported what the other part of the roster move is -if Locke was called up?

    I have nothing against twitter & sulia….but what happened to getting info to your website-quickly?

  181. Cracker,

    I’m with you. Only 8% have/use twitter!!

    Must be the 8% that Frank Coonnelly is angling for on his Fan Network!

  182. Jandy says:

    Ryan, oops! you can see I’m not a twit, as I don’t tweet or twitter…or what you want to call it ;)


  183. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    No spacing either……’ll get it sooner or later.

  184. Jandy says:

    LOL! I kill me!

    third time is the charm:


  185. Jandy says:


  186. JRay3 says:

    Dbacks Lineup tonight:

    Drew SS, Bloomquist 2B, Johnson 3B, Goldy 1B, Upton RF, Montero C, Young CF, Parra LF, Kennedy P

    Hopefully we can tame Johnson a bit tonight.

  187. Thundercrack says:

    I clicked on the Fan Advisor link and looked at the homepage. Not my cup of tea, and I doubt that “Free This Player” will really come to fruition faster because it was coming from the Fan Advisors.

    But don’t a lot of sports teams have these types of ‘insider clubs’?
    I thought it is usually a way to make a few extra bucks….and is usually geared towards kids.

  188. JAL says:

    From Baltimore–Presley down for Locke

  189. JRay3 says:

    @ Thundercrack – Alex Presely has been optioned to Indy.

  190. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Nailed it.

  191. Arriba Wilver says:

    Gotta take a look at the subscription plans to FAN. From $9.95 a month to get a lapel pin to $23.95 a month to $600 a year.

  192. Thundercrack says:

    Thank you JAL and JRay3

  193. Jandy says:

    Subscription fee????? Why would anyone want to do that when they can come here???

  194. JRay3 says:

    Now the question turns to who will be recalled when the Pirates no longer have the need to carry the extra arm?

    Tabata 1-3 with a double this afternoon as Indy hosts Charlotte. Nice effort from Kyle McPherson who in first AAA start goes 6 innings, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s.

  195. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Probably Tabby or AP again.

  196. JAL says:


    Playing 20 games in 20 days, by end of that will close to roster expansion time so may not see any changes until then. Of course they could make changes tomorrow

  197. Jandy says:

    OK, I am off to the dentist. I’ll catch you all later or tomorrow. Meantime…
    Goooo Buccos!

  198. Stickyweb says:

    Some advice for Playoffs on tonight’s over/under

    How quickly is taken down? Over or Under – Friday at noon

  199. NMR says:

    Dejan just tweeted the Pirates official response. Amazing how quickly they caught wind of this.

    Also amazing that a trained lawyer and President of an MLB franchise would give an inteview for such a ridiculous site without first viewing and authorizing it’s intended use.

    What an idiot.

  200. wow says:

    Re: Pirates Comment on Being More Like Red Sox Fans

    In my opinion the bigger issue with this is the fact that DK had to add the part where they insulted his work. Im sorry but i have a real issue with someone that is paid to give us his opinion having what appears to be a grudge against one of the teams he follows. DK may be considered a true professional but I see it as impossible for him to do his job if he has a personal issue with the organization.

    DK: Nice try, new guy. That was 2 1/2 years ago. And if you think it’s impossible for a columnist to criticize a team he covers … wow, where’s the starting point for THAT conversation?

    So, yeah, it’s impossible. In fact, it’s so impossible that when the Pirates wanted to set the record straight on this story, they contacted me over here in London with their statement.

    Welcome to the forum, anyway!

  201. Boise Bucco says:

    So Correia vs. Ian Kennedy tonight…how’s our chances?

  202. LuckyNKentucky says:

    That explains a lot. Now Groat can get his $600 back.

  203. DemonDachshund says:

    Only down side to Tabby, other than the history of not hustling, is that most of his hits have been singles. No homers, no triples, 6 doubles… SLG just 50 points higher than his BA.

    Wasn’t that part of the problem when he was in Pittsburgh? Lots of weak grounders and such?

  204. JRay3 says:

    @ Boise Bucco – Hopefully we see the same starter that KC was in the month of July and not the reliever KC we saw in Houston to have a chance.

    Carlos Gomez homer for Milwaukee, now 2-1 B 6.

  205. Thundercrack says:

    So since I can’t follow twitter here at work…maybe someone can fill me in.

    I guess that it wasn’t a site owned by the Pirates?

  206. RobertoForever says:

    Kyle McPherson has a fantastic debut at Triple-A Indy today.

    6 innings pitched, only 3 hits, 1 run, no walks and 6 strikeouts.

  207. RobertoForever says:

    Also, 24/7 just tweeted that the Pirates were taking the official team photo today.

    Locke squeaks into the photo, Presley with bad luck timing and will miss out, even though he has almost as many AB’s as Jones. (Methinks that also means we have been underutilizing Jones this year. Surprised we couldn’t find more AB’s for a guy with .271 BA and .806 OPS)

  208. Leefoo says:

    Why send down Presley who has been our BEST PH and keep Mercer gathering cobwebs on the bench??

    Mr Hurdle, you continue to baffle me!


  209. Thundercrack says:

    I’d have to check the stats, but it seems like every time Presley pinch hits he strikes out or hits into a ground out.

  210. scapper says:

    @NMR…What? Never heard a compliment about FC? Why, I’m sure I remember the police saying he was a cooperative and friendly when they busted him for boozin’ and drivin’.

  211. Leefoo says:

    TC…Last time Presley PH, they showed a graphic that he was 5-15 and then I think he walked.


    From that Fan Advisor site. For $600 you get some stuff and this “Receive a fleece jacket with name and Fan Advisor Network logo**”

    That’s right…you get ‘fleeced’.

    Whadda crock of bunch or something like that.


  212. scapper says:

    Aw c’mon…I just looked at that site? That is for real?

    Then I have to go now, because the apocalypse is indeed upon us, and I want to catch those beach volleyballers one more time in the gold medal game.

    Seriously, you couldn’t get a brilliant professional satirist to come up with something like that. Stunning.

  213. Arriba Wilver says:

    It’s not, but it was endorsed by FC in a video. He “encouraged” people to join. DK’s Sulia had a discussion with the Pirates VP of Communications, (or maybe a statement) which basically said they derived no financial benefit from it and would ask that the FC video be taken down. He did say they were approached by a longtime fan to do it. You should look at the video before it is taken down. There’s a bit of a disconnect from what FC says in the video and what the VP says the purpose was (he at least implied it was only to get feedback to improve the experience at PNC).

  214. Boise Bucco says:

    I just read the writeup about the Fan Advisor Network on Deadspin…for $600/year, I BETTER be able to set a lineup, at least against a last place team…and you BEST BELIEVE I’m batting the pitcher cleanup just ’cause I can!


    $600 a year you gotta be kidding me…

  215. Arriba Wilver says:

    That was in response to TC at # 206.

  216. RobertoForever says:

    Presley’s PH stats:

    4 for 15 with 4 BB’s and 3 K’s. Also 2 HR’s.

  217. Thundercrack says:

    I am shocked at Presley’s PH stats. Maybe it is his regular at bats that I am thinking of.


  218. Thundercrack says:

    Seems like a dumb move by FC. Real dumb

  219. Arriba Wilver says:

    Presley has pinch hit 11 times, got 2 hits, one a home run, walked and struck out twice each.

  220. Arriba Wilver says:

    The stats I was referring to are from this year, Baseball Reference.

  221. RobertoForever says:


    The long and short of the story is that this Fan Advisory Network was not set up by the Pirates. It is a private person, trying to run a pay for participation site.

    The Pirates did make a video for the purpose of saying they welcome feedback. The Pirates did not promote this, nor did they announce it. They have put out a statement clarifying that they receive no revenue from it. Seems like people rushing to judgement so they can push their typical conclusions about the FO.

    You can read the Pirates PR response and the site’s founder’s email on the site at if you can get to that site.

  222. pattonbb says:

    So I just went to this pirates fan adviser ripoff, er…website, and I get a message that the site is “under redesign”.

    Is this some kind of joke?

  223. Arriba Wilver says:

    BR also says Presley has hit one home run in his career as a PH.

  224. RobertoForever says:


    You had the correct PH stats for Presley. I read the wrong line and put up the Substitute stats.

  225. twentytwo22 says:

    Presley and McGehee were probably their best PH from each side. Their career PH and Sub numbers were good.

    What are you gonna do? *shrugs*

  226. twentytwo22 says:

    Maybe they’ll see what Tabata has so they can go to an all-righty starting lineup if they choose.

  227. RobertoForever says:


    I am sure the founder of the site took it down until he can replace the video of Coonelly, as the Pirates asked him to do.

    Personally, I don’t see the hubbub. A private person is trying to set up a pay for participation site. I fail to see how that is much different than the Postgazette pay site, or the Trib trying to get you to subscribe to their online pub.

  228. Thundercrack says:

    It seems like the Pirates thought it was going to be feedback about attending games at PNC Park…and the guy who set up the site made it seem like you could make suggestions on the roster. Ha!

    Free Clement! Institute a 41 man roster instead of 40.

  229. twentytwo22 says:

    Broxton gave up the tying run. 2-2 bottom 8.

  230. RobertoForever says:

    I wonder if Lisa will make a statement at least implying he was mistaken about the Pirates running this site. He sure stirred up a hornet’s nest without even confirming anything. That’s 24/7 style reporting, right there.

  231. twentytwo22 says:

    Snider’s PH numbers aren’t terrible – 2-10 with 2 doubles.

  232. Thundercrack says:

    Uh-o Roberto.

  233. Stickyweb says:

    Love them Brewers. 3 – 2 top of the 9th! Get out the brooms!

  234. twentytwo22 says:

    The Brewers scored two runs after two were out in the 8th inning. 3-2 Brewers top 9.

  235. twentytwo22 says:

    It’s a shame the Pirates weren’t able to take advantage of Cueto losing a start last night. Tonight would be a huge win, especially with Correia going. San Francisco-St. Louis on ESPN at 8.

  236. Stickyweb says:

    And it’s a final. Time to make up a game tonight, Buccos!

  237. twentytwo22 says:

    Cincinnati plays at Chicago this weekend. Friday and Saturday will be just like today. The Reds will play in the afternoon and the Pirates will play at night.

  238. Boise Bucco says:

    @22–well, maybe they’ll win tonight and take advantage of Milwaukee’s gift today. Best we can hope for! This year Ian Kennedy hasn’t been the Cy Young contender that he was last year so hopefully the Bucs can get a few runs off him.

  239. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Not a big fan of Correia starting tonight. He’ll give up 4-5 runs, hoping the Pirate score more.

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