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Wakeup Call: Cheers, London

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LONDON — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column is my farewell to this world-class city, country and Olympics. And I have a piece for the news section wrapping up the Games.

Oh, and in that column, the truth about ‘Lisa’ is finally revealed.

>> If you missed the Sunday column, it covered an issue I’ve been thinking about for a long time, that being the need for women athletes to be criticized.

>> If there’s a singular trademark to these Pirates, it’s not consistent offense, it’s no longer consistent pitching or even defense.

It’s resiliency.

Back when they were squeezing out those one-run victories in April, they showed it. Again yesterday, they showed it. That’s why all this collapse talk is so ill-founded (and paranoid). Some facets will dip, but this team is made of much tougher stuff than the Jerry Meals collapse.

If this team has proven anything to this point, it’s that it doesn’t deserve to constantly get linked to the past.

>> I don’t spend a lot of time parsing lineups, but seeing Pedro Alvarez constantly at sixth or seventh strikes me as wrong.

Let’s be real: If this team’s making the playoffs, its best players have to be its best players. That’s the only route. Not hoping for Gaby Sanchez to recover. Certainly not by protecting Pedro. When he’s on, he’s a big-time run producer. He must be that for these Pirates.

Put him back in the heart of the order, and get on with it.

>> I’ll be flying home all day Monday. I formally dub JAL as arbitrator of all debates down in the comments. He can be really mean, so be good.

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