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Wakeup Call: On Correia, curse-killing

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column is about the Steelers’ rather surprising spate of takeaways last night at Heinz Field against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Really nice to be around the football team. Been a while.

>> Chris Rainey is going to be a blast. One of those rare players that brings you to the edge with every touch. And so much of Todd Haley’s offense looks like it’s going to be built around him.

But it’s fair to ask this: Why did Rainey go back into that game?

Anyone who saw the helmet-first hit he absorbed on the Steelers’ first drive would have taken him out then and there. Once it was decided he’d be seen by doctors — as announced to the press box — then it became a no-brainer.

But he returned.

Not only that. He played into the fourth quarter.

I asked Mike Tomlin after the game if Rainey was tested for concussion or if he’d shown any concussion symptoms. After initially offering a rather odd reply that that he didn’t administer tests himself, Tomlin said that the doctors “cleared” Rainey to return and, so, “I put him back out here.”

Football’s got a long, long way to go on preventing concussions.

>> All kinds of goodness emerged from St. Louis yesterday. Here’s beat writer Rob Biertempfel’s account from the scene at Busch.

Only thing I want to add is this email I got very late last night from someone very close to Kevin Correia, a first-hand account of something that happened after the game …

“After being demoted to the pen (again), a 19-inning game in which he threw, want to take a guess who volunteered to start tomorrow? If that isn’t heart and a vet stepping up in a pennant race … then I don’t know what is.”

Point taken. Mega-kudos to Correia for pitching well and being a team-first player.

>> With that assignment, I’m now going to take that post-Olympics break. I’ll have threads up here for you guys, but that’s it between now and the column for Monday, Aug. 27. I’ll be going into Twitter silence, too, until next weekend, though I’ll occasionallly put up something on my other three social media: Facebook, InstaGram and Sulia.

About to find out if the kids remember who I am!


  1. Arriba Wilver says:

    Have a nice time off, DK. And don’t pop up here, and forget about Twitter and Sulia. Have to ask, though, was the E-mail about Correia from Cutch or JMac? Just kidding, take a well deserved rest.

  2. RobertoForever says:

    GREAT win by the Buccos. So many contributors, hard to name them all.

    I have a feeling this series win, highlighted by the guys fighting thru that marathon, will start a good run.

  3. JRay3 says:

    Thanks for sharing that email account @ DK…it is that type of selflessness that winning/championship level teams need. Certainly puts Correia in a different light for me and if I get a chance to yell out or speak to him while in SD I will be thrilled to express that.

  4. twentytwo22 says:

    Tom Bradley sounds good doing post-game on DVE with Joe Bendel.

  5. Baywatch says:

    Puts Correia in a different light for me, too. Glad to hear that.

  6. Boise Bucco says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Correia throw a few innings tomorrow, I think P2 has a feature up about who some of the possibilities from Indy could be, one of which could be Justin Wilson. Reading about Wilson, though, is that he tends to have trouble finding the plate. Kyle McPherson would be another option, but he was in AA for a lot of the year…Correia would definitely come in handy. Nice of him to step up like that.

    Once I got home today, I went back thru the Twitter feed and I’m trying to go through the game as if it was happening live…man, must’ve been exciting to see it live. It exploded at Pedro’s HR, and for most of it you couldn’t even tell that the Steelers were playing.

    If Mr. Nutting was ever curious as to how a winning Pirates team would do in Pittsburgh financially, I’m not sure if Twitter would be an accurate barometer, but he could do worse…way to go Pedro, way to go Cutch, Jay-Hay, KC, GFJ, Barmes, Fort (who caught all 19 innings of BOTH games) JMac, Wandy, and everybody else who came up big in this game! LETS GO BUCS

  7. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    From someone who was AT the Jerry Meals game last year (yes the wife and I sat thru that debacle at Turner Field) the siliarities to this game were eerie.

    Karstens started the Jerry Meals game
    The Pirates went down by a few runs early in the Jerry Meals game
    The Pirates came back to tie the Jerry Meals game
    The Fort caught all 19 innings of the Jerry Meals game as well

    What few remember about that game is that poor Daniel McCucthen ended up throwing 90+ pitches and Hanrahan was never used. Daniel McCutchen hasn’t been the same pitcher since that game. Glad to see Hurdle learned his lesson this time around, and didn’t keep one pitcher out there til the very end.

  8. JoeBucco says:

    Since my articles usually don’t make JAL’s links just yet, I figured I’d post this one here on the Buccos having, by a large margin, the easiest remaining schedule of all NL playoff contenders.

    Enjoy, then buy your playoff tickets…

  9. Dave says:

    I don’t like Correia, but give the man the ball. Promote Morris and Wilson from from AAA and send down Hughes and Navarro. Only use Wilson in an emergency (injury/Correia getting torched/extra innings) and send him back to AAA Tuesday and bring Hague back up.

  10. JoeBucco says:

    Surely the decision has been made and this is just kept from being official because of the competitive nature in an effort to keep San Diego from knowing who they are facing tomorrow night. Anyone from Indy would have had to fly from Syracuse to San Diego tonight, so that’s not something they would wait around to make a decision on. The team knew before Wandy went in to pitch who was getting on the plane to San Diego tonight. I’m banking on Justin Wilson, in an ideal setting for him. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get his third no hitter of the year tomorrow night as well. Some debut that would be, eh?

  11. Scott says:

    I like Correia, but it strikes me as ironic that a month ago we were blasting him for wanting the ball; now, he volunteers to take the mound one day after throwing 24 pitches and it’s viewed as some sort of grand selfless gesture.

    And something really rubs me the wrong way about that email, almost as if Correia specifically wanted to make sure his generous offer got press coverage.

  12. radio wave says:

    At playoffs:
    Great post.

  13. pattonbb says:

    Thanks for the continued great coverage Dejan. Enjoy your family time. It feels good to “un-plug” every now and again. By the time you come back, Buccos will be up 3 or 4 games in the Wild Card race!

  14. Curt says:

    Football in Pittsburgh, nothing greater to me and feels like fall is here. Love the fall season and meaningful baseball to add to that. Wow!

    About yesterday’s game just re-read playoffs post. Great thoughts.

    Happy Monday to all.

  15. scapper says:

    I think the most encouraging thing we learned from yesterday’s game is that Wandy CAN run hard to first base.

  16. diehard says:

    Thanks for sharing the Correia thing – definitely a move worthy of respect, whether they take him up on it or not. I would think, even if he doesn’t start, he may be on for a few innings tonight anyway.
    After watching (albeit on tv) the entire Meals affair last year, it was a relief to win this one. I never even thought about McKenry catching all 19 of both those games. His legs must have taken as much abuse as his batting average did. (Kidding there Fort – stellar job behind the plate man)

  17. Drew71 says:

    I know.

    We’re supposed to say enjoy your time off, you deserve it, with a cherry on top.

    Yeah, yeah.

    EYE say Send The Work Police

    Send him some of those crappy ice coffees and get him back to work


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  19. JAL says:

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  21. JAL says:

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  22. Jandy says:

    @ Scott ~ c’mon man, give credit where credit is due. Correia deserves some kudos.

    scapper LOL! (#15)

    Drew, EYE think DK should just give EWE the keys and leave EWE in charge (emoticon omitted just for Drew).

  23. JAL says:

    Unconfirmed sources say McPherson coming up to start tonight

  24. I can’t imagine why it’s not Justin Wilson coming!
    He is on his 5th day and he could stick around to relieve if he shows well.

    I’m perplexed that McPherson, who was in AA 2 weeks ago, would be the call-up.

  25. Jandy says:

    It’s all about the Moneyball, Groat!

  26. JandyGirl,

    You are too-oo smart, JandyGirl! $ is definitely involved. Maybe Kyle Stark saw the movie.

  27. Jandy says:

    C’mon now Groat, dahling, you’re gonna make me blush ;)

  28. Drew71 says:

    Yes, Jandy, my Evil Queen.

    EYE’m in charge.

    Cake For Everybody
    (don’t tell Biz)

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    I would have been more impressed with Correia if he had volunteered to relieve.

  30. Jandy says:

    “Between the timing of that touchdown and the ovation for the Pirates, I was half expecting a new winger for Sidney Crosby to rush out of the tunnel.”

    Just priceless, DK, just priceless…

  31. Jandy says:

    Drew, I want it all, I want ice cream with mine.

    Milo, but that would have defeated the purpose. It’s a starter that’s needed. Not a reliever.

  32. JAL says:


    As I posted, that is unconfirmed but McPherson scheduled to start for Indy so he is also on regular rest.

  33. Drew71 says:

    Yes, my Queen

  34. LuckyNKentucky says:

    McPherson would be the logical pick. Keep Correia in the pen, since he only threw 24 pitches Sunday. Locke is out of the picture, as he started Sunday and threw 88 pitches over 6 innings. I don’t think they’re enamored with Wilson starting, even though he has all year.

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think Ben & Ashley should name the baby Benjamin Anthony Roethlisberger. That way they can call him B.A..

  36. Arriba Wilver says:

    Andrew Luck was very impressive.

    Pedro hit that homer off a lefty off a breaking ball (I think, it wasn’t a fastball)..

  37. Jandy says:

    AW I read somewhere it was a slider? I dunno tho…in any case, he did it!!!!

  38. GlassHalfFull says:

    fyEYE-The four letter network had on the crawl this morning todays probables for the Bucs…”Wilson 0-0″

  39. Arriba Wilver says:

    Then it MUST be McPherson.

  40. Jandy says:

    AW the St. Louis AP said slider…but then I don’t care just so long as he did it lol

  41. Jandy says:

    I’ll laugh if Correia starts

  42. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks, Jandy.

  43. Jandy says:

    I’m not sure what’s harder to hit…a fast ball or a slider?

  44. TJA says:

    If anyone gets a chance…go on-line to the “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” and read their accounts of the contest yesterday. As happy as we all are in Pittsburgh this morning, they are giving the Cardinals an earful in their articles in St. Louis.

  45. JAL says:

    Extra Morning Link

    Extra morning link

    Has the following paragraph in it

    “Overall, the Pirates own a .720 defensive efficiency, meaning they turn 72 percent of batted balls in play into outs. Only Washington, Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim own better marks, with Washington’s .723 leading the league. Last year, the Pirates’ squad finished 25th in baseball at .700, roughly 10 points below the league average. ”


    19 innings no problem for Pirates this time

  46. JAL says:

    Post Dispatch article in link 15, post 19

  47. JAL says:

    As for McPherson or Wilson, guess later we know whether my source or ESPN’s source is more on top of things.

  48. Jandy says:

    That St. Louis Post Disptach stresses how evenly matched the two teams are. Amazing.

  49. redus says:

    Mark Madden – Please go away – and clear your throat for goodness sake.

  50. scapper says:

    Yes, DK’s last line in the column was one of his all-time best.

    Jandy…Mike Schmidt, who knew a little bit about hitting, was once asked what the most challenging pitch to hit was. Interviewer was thinking it would be a choice among curve/slider/knuckler/splitter/etc. He just laughed and said, “It’s still that 96-mph fastball right down the heart of the plate.” Just one guy’s answer.

  51. Jandy says:

    thanks for the input scapper. I was wondering if anyone saw that question lol

  52. Jandy says:

    I just thought of something. Today and tomorrow’s games start on the east coast at 10pm. Since I get up at 4am no way I can watch. BUMMER!

  53. pghboyinca says:

    Was busy yesterday anddidn’t follow the blog but didn’t see a mention of the Tababta comedy central audition.Could not bunt, picked off, and caught stealing all in exta innings. No matter what physical gifts this guy has he is an absolute airhead. He will not be in major league baseball 3 years from now.

  54. radio wave says:

    The websites I’m finding list Wilson as the starter.

  55. JAL says:


    I have read the caught stealing was actually an missed hit and run, so maybe he can be excused for that one–the other two are on him.

  56. JohninOshkosh says:


    Why in God’s name do you get up at 4 AM? You are not a dairy farmer that needs to milk the cows are you? :)

  57. JAL says:


    they do but i’ll stick with my source who says he spoke with McPherson

  58. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Doesn’t it take your wife 3 hours to get ready in the AM?

  59. Jandy says:

    LOL OshKoshB’Gosh! No, I’m just a morning person. I know, I know. What can I say? So I get my coffee, let the dog out, put in laundry, read my e-mail and I’m at the office at 6am. I love working early morning hours before the phones go crazy. So, come 4pm I already have in overtime and I’m ready to get home. Then I help hubby with HIS stuff (he’s a sub-contractor) before or after I cook. So many days I’m at it until 7, 8, or 9pm. He keeps me going! lol

  60. Jandy says:

    Lucky, you’re cruisin for a bruisin, buster ;)

  61. NMR says:

    As one of the few Tabata supporters left on planet earth, I can honestly say after yesterdays game that I want him nowhere near this team.

    The guy is just a bad baseball player right now.

    Even the play where he was caught stealing on the hit and run, the pitch was in the dirt and Tabby was still out by 10 feet. Inexusably dogging it.

    The best thing you can say about Tabby’s game yesterday is that he ran full speed and made a few catches. When the bare minimum effort is an improvement, its a sad indictment of a guys play.

  62. TJA says:

    @JAL – #46

    Thanks…I hadn’t seen it on your post.

    It’s sure nice to see the spotlight on Pirates,

  63. cmat0829 says:

    What a great win for the Pirates… not great in terms of being unable to mount much offense but AWESOME pitching and defense and great to win (a loss would have been devastating, especially with Snider being hurt, Mchenry being unusable today, and burning Wandy who was supposed to start today, etc.)….don’t want to think about having lost that game…. winning it changes everything…. team bonds tightly, it was truly all hands on deck, etc.

    What is interesting is today it is very likely the Bucs won’t be able to use Hughes (if he isn’t optioned to AAA), Cruz, Resop, and possibly Correia. And Walker probably won’t play and Fort won’t either.

    Will take some deft maneuvering… I can see Wilson being called up to start taking Mercer’s place on roster… Qualls is back from bereavement, not sure what corresponding move is… probably has to be Hughes back to Indy….. then the Bucs can recall Leroux when Wilson goes back down after the game….

  64. JAL says:


    I always try to get the stories from the other team’s paper in the links, since this is a new series day also have the San Diego paper, link 17

  65. JohninOshkosh says:


    I was reading SI this weekend and the Big 10 has 5 schools in the preseason top 25. WVU is ranked 10. I’ll have to figure out a way to follow closely both football and baseball in September-have not had to do that in 2 decades. (It’s safe to talk about colleges because Dejan is on vacay).

    Jandy: No comprende morning person.

    NMR: Sorry I joined you in the admiration for Melky Cabrera’s taking responsibility for PEDs.

  66. cmat0829 says:

    I am pretty subjective as it comes on most if not all topics, so to weigh in on the Tabby matter…. I like the fact that he laced two hits yesterday (hit em HARD)…and on this offense that stood out to me as hardly anyone else even hit balls hard all 19 innings…..

    the bunt and the pickoff were inexcusable… but if the talent is there, then it is worth it to continue to try to get the player to GROW UP in whatever means necessary… Leyland was a master of this, at least it appeared to me…sometimes players need to be screamed at but that won’t work on all players….

    I think if the Pirates cut Tabby today a number of ML teams would jump at the chance to sign him…that tells me patience is a virtue in this case…… it isn’t like the Bucs have a ton of better options, and yes that includes Alex Presley who some are unbelievably infatuated with.

    Let me ask the asylum this…. would you embrace Hanley Ramirez in Bucs uniform? Do you recall him loafing during games, outwardly dissing his manager and teammates, etc? The Fish ran out of patience on Hanley and the Dodgers are benefitting… I know Hanley has more talent than Tabby but I give you Exhibit A in my case for patience.

  67. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Leroux just threw 92 pitches Friday night, so he probably won’t be available until Wednesday.

  68. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I didn’t see Ohio State in any pre-season polls, much to the chagrin of everyone on this blog, I’m sure. Did you?

  69. JohninOshkosh says:


    SI has them 22.

    Some polls won’t rank teams ineligible for bowls.

  70. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    One glaring thing (not trying to be negative, but this was ridiculous) that struck me yesterday was Tabata getting caught stealing after a near wild pitch- by a mile! He still looks like he really doesn’t care. There was a single to left in inning 57 that dropped in front of him (probably a hit no matter what) but he fielded it like it was a foul ball! It looked like it was going to get turned into a double like Mercer had, and Cutch would have probably gone for 2 on that play if he were running. Yeah, I may Tabata under a microscope, but It’s deserved on his part. Barmes may be a bad hitter most of the time, but at least that guy shows emotion and you can tell he cares. He also at least has some defensive prowess to compensate. Tabata’s only compensation is gained weight in the midsection.

  71. JAL says:


    The CS was a missed hit and run play. That is the usual result when the hit and run misfires.

  72. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I thought maybe that was the case. I’ll take 22 right now, especially after 6-7 last season and another bowl loss to the SEC.

  73. NMR says:


    Trust me, I’m not giving up on Tabby. I agree with every single point you made, and have previously made the same ones myself. With that being said, theres no doubt that Alex Presley is CURRENTLY a better option.


    Did you actually see the caught stealing or just read about it? There was nothing usual about how Tabata executed his portion.


    I had to laugh over the weekend when reading about Melky’s ridiculous fake-product website stunt. So much for manning up to a mistake, right?

  74. DemonDachshund says:

    The Bucs finish their tougher 17 game stretch yesterday with a record of 7-10. 14 of those games were against teams with a winning record. Not the 9-8 I had hoped for, but not the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination. (Though it did look kind of dark at 4-9)

    The Pirates play 6 against the Cards and 6 against the Reds, plus 3 against the Braves to end the season.

    The next best team in terms of record that the Bucs face on the schedule the rest of the year is the Mets, at 57-64.

    The division is looking awfully tough, but the door to the wild card is at least unlocked, if not open.

  75. JAL says:


    Saw it and read about it, one game story–“JT was caught on an aborted hit and run, followed too late by a Harrison single.”

  76. DemonDachshund says:

    One other thing to note… With 40 games remaining in the season, the Pirates WILL have a playoff spot all to themselves. At least a tie for one is guaranteed with 39 left, barring rainouts. Would you have taken that in March? Or in early May?

  77. Thundercrack says:

    I’m back in town.

    Do the Pirates still stink? Are they still sliding?

    Did we sign Jesse Chavez yet?

    Will DK & Cutch ever meet for coffee? Downtown Starbucks of course, everything is cool Downtown.

  78. cmat0829 says:

    TC: Great post (#77)… can we dust off the win-loss projections of the asylum and compare to the basic tone of each person’s daily posts? Perspective is a bitch I know.

  79. Jandy says:

    Welcome home, TC…you missed all the fun ;)

  80. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I figured JT’s CS was supposed to be a hit and run, though I admit I couldn’t tell for sure when it happened from the camera angle. Either way, he was nailed by a mile on a pitch way outside in the dirt. I think Molina was catching and I know he’s as big of a defensive stud at catcher as you can find, but a hit and run without the hit in that equation should have at least made for a close play at second. If HotRod was running, I’d be more sympathetic. Tabata rubs me the wrong way. I have much more sympathy and understanding for guys who struggle but at least put forth a great effort.

  81. Arriba Wilver says:

    Perspective? Sounds pretty subjective to me.

  82. Thundercrack says:

    What is our longest losing streak of the season? That is one major thing that sticks our for me this year: no long losing streaks.

    Yesterday’s game is a game we usually lose.
    Friday’s game where we only score on a wild pitch and pass ball ….that usually happened to us.

  83. The Gunner says:

    @ NMR – 61

    I, too, want Scabata nowhere near this team / there is something seriously wrong with this guy. I heard from a reliable source, that Ronny Cedeno was his best friend.

    @ Brad – 70

    Scabata definitely does not appear to be totally “engaged”. He stinks!!

  84. JAL says:


    longest losing streak 5–April 10 to 14

  85. Thundercrack says:

    I just watched the video of Tabata getting picked off first base.

    Fake steal if you want. But you don’t put your head down and not keep track of the ball…ESPECIALLY with Molina as the catcher.

  86. Thundercrack says:

    Thanks JAL.

    That used to be our losing streak for a week.

  87. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m a littlee confused (not something new). There were a couple baserunning things involving Tabata. Is the one where he took off for second and then turned around and tried to dive back to first the ” pick off” or the “failed hit and run?”

  88. The Gunner says:

    @ AW – 87
    @ TC – 85

    It is only a matter of time until Scabata’s shortcomings bite us in the backside. Presley is a much better choice and I predict it is only a matter of time until Scabby is either on the pine or back in Indy.

  89. Jandy says:

    A person with a bad attitude, and/or work ethic is a cancer and will only cause problems in the clubhouse. Need to get rid of the cancer before it spreads. Just my humble opinion.

  90. Thundercrack says:

    If Tabata was a cancer or had a bad attitude / work ethic, do you really think Clint would allow him back in the clubhouse?

    I am beginning to believe that it isn’t his work ethic or attitude, but Tabata is just not a smart player. He doesn’t seem to realize the magnitude of game situations and that this this is the Big Leagues –everyone is good up here.

  91. Arriba Wilver says:

    . . . Or the “caught stealing?”

  92. The Gunner says:

    @ TC – 90

    I agree that Hurryin’ Jose is not a very smart player. Now that Snider & Marte are both hurt, I’m afraid we are going to be seeing a lot of this bum.

    In a pennant race, we don’t need a player like this!

  93. Bizrow says:

    Any word on Snider yet?

  94. JB says:

    did anyone else think that the near strike him out throw him out when the Fort almost nailed Beltran was interference?

    the batter lunged at a pitch down and away and then continued to walk across the plate after missing, causing the Fort to have to release the ball higher and making it sail on him. never got a good replay of it, but it looked to me like the batter was almost in the left handed batters box by when the throw was being made.

  95. Jandy says:

    JB, yup I was wondering that too, but sometimes I can be overzealous, so I just dropped it lol

  96. Thundercrack says:

    AW, this is the video I say. The caption says he was ‘bluffing a stolen base’

  97. Matt says:


    Yes, it was definitely interference. Even the cardinals announcers on Fox midwest said the Cardinals caught a break there.

  98. Bizrow says:

    Well, all I can think is Tabata might be all we have out there for a while, hopefully the lightbulb will go on

  99. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I was referring to the failed hit and run in the 13th-16th inning (honesty can’t remember which one at this point- everything kinda ran together after a while) where he was thrown out at 2nd. Not sure that I see Tabata as having the influence to be a cancer, but certainly think he’s done. Just doesn’t seem to get it and don’t think he ever will. Saw a lot of his potential when he first came up and I liked him, but that’s long faded. Maybe he’d come through for another team, but I don’t think it will be this one. Not sure Presley is the answer, but would take him over the Scab any day. Appreciate Correia’s “enthusiasm”, just not sure I believe it- hope he just had a whiny spell at the deadline.

  100. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    … especially since KC might get some starts if Wanderful and Bedarned don’t pick it up soon.

  101. Boise Bucco says:

    If Kyle McPherson makes a good start tonight, do we start calling him Randy Tomlin 2.0?

  102. JB says:

    Jandy, I felt the same way. thought it might have just been me being hopeful since Walk and Neverett didn’t bring it up.

    Matt, thanks for that insight. if the Cards announcers saw it i guess they did catch a break. almost cost us big time.

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    Roger Clemens has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters, an Independent League team. He’s pitching Saturday. He’s 50 & hit 87 on the gun. I bet he’s still better than Kyle McPherson or Justin Wilson.

  104. Jandy says:

    Milo, is that a REAL name for a REAL league? lol!

  105. Matt says:

    Is there any official word on the starter tonight? If it was posted earlier, then apologies ahead of time.

  106. cmat0829 says:

    YES, good catch on the batters interference that should have been called on the Cards… glad it didn’t end up costing us a crucial game.

    I know that the umpiring is getting a lot of attention and overreaction (see Oquendo, Jose and Mattingly, Don) but I have to say the home plate umpire yesterday was very poor. Joyce was good, he had a lot of bang-bang plays but I felt he was good and fair. the home plate umpire gave a lot of leeway to Matt Holliday that he didn’t afford the Pirates hitters, at least in my objective opinion.

  107. JohninOshkosh says:

    I did enjoy the Steelers take aways last night, including the pick six. Kind of a football equivalent to Cole Hamels plunking of Bryce Harper. Welcome to the League, Andrew! You are not playing a team in Pullman, Washington anymore!

  108. Bizrow says:

    With any changes, it seems as though the PBC will not make any announcements till a couple of hours before gametime. Or a reporter sees someone in the locker room.

  109. NMR says:


    I don’t buy that Tabby’s mistakes yesterday weren’t about attitude. Were they lazy? No. But they were careless.

    You really think Tabby is so stupid that he doesn’t know to bunt the ball to 3rd and not right at the charging 1st baseman? Honestly man, thats a worse indictment than just admitting the guy doesn’t have his head in the game.

    Again, I’m a huge Tabby defender. I was excited to see him get the chance yesterday. But the guy stuck out like a sore thumb. He just doesn’t belong right now.

  110. Milo Hamilton says:


    Just saw it MLB Trade Rumors.

  111. JohninOshkosh says:

    Looks like Roger has some legal bills to pay.

  112. Bizrow says:

    Supposedly McPherson and Wilson are coming up tonight, KC could start

  113. Bizrow says:

    Clemens figures that leagues Hall of Fame might be the only one he can get into? ;-)

  114. Jandy says:

    NMR I tend to agree with you on Tabata. I was also excited to see him come back up, thinking he would earned it, but he sure didn’t impress me a bit. I’d much rather see Pressley. He tries harder and he gives a chit.

    Milo, that absolutely cracks me up. Sugar Land Skeeters LOL!

  115. Thundercrack says:

    I didn’t see yesterday’s game.

    But I have seen plenty of sacrifice bunts go the wrong direction…or not even put down at all.

  116. Jandy says:

    I kinda like not giving out the starting pitcher until last minute…let the other guys stew over it ;)

  117. NMR says:


    OK, so Tabby isn’t lazy, stupid, or careless. Then he’s just plain bad.

    What exactly are you defending?

  118. Thundercrack says:

    I’m not really defending anything.

    But I do wonder how people can say he is a cancer, has a bad attitude and poor work ethic by watching him on TV or in person? Isn’t that something that the manager, coaches and fellow players would be best to detect?

    And if he were all those things, would Clint Hurdle let him be in that clubhouse and on the team?

  119. JohninOshkosh says:


    If you out there, could you kindly give the Yahoo league info again. Put it on my to do list for today.

  120. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Sugar Land Skeeters. What part of KY are they based in? Sounds like a HS mascot here. EX. Somerset Briar Jumpers. Wouldn’t you like to carry that with you all your adult life? “Once a Jumper, always a Jumper”.

    BTW, why DOES Hurdle allow Tabata in the clubhouse?

  121. Jandy says:

    TC, maybe I’m to blame for the cancer, bad attitude remarks. You’re right, i don’t know that for sure. But honestly, there is SOMETHING up with Tabata. And it’s not good. I just worry that you have a player around, who isn’t giving 100% and it rubs the other guys the wrong way. I guess I should keep it cool if I’m not sure what I’m talking about, eh?

  122. NMR says:


    So we’re not even talking about the game anymore? Just fans perception?

    Like I said, twice, I’m not that fan who’s saying he has a bad attitude or work ethic. I’m saying he doesn’t belong on this team, because of performance. Whether thats because he’s dumb, lazy, or just bad at baseball, I don’t care.

    And lets not talk about Clint Hurdle as though he’s infallible.

  123. NMR says:

    If the choice was between Presley and Tabata, I would’ve given Tabby the benefit of the doubt.

    The guy not only lost his starting job, but also his spot on the 25-man. If that doesn’t kick him into gear, I don’t know what would.

    It obviously didn’t work. I don’t care about potential. Presley is not a better baseball player than Tabata right now.

  124. NMR says:

    scratch that “not”.

  125. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Seems like there are other alternatives at Indy other than Tabata. Just not ones signed long-term.

  126. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll say he’s got a bad attitude & work ethic. Has anyone mentioned he’s overweight yet ?

  127. Thundercrack says:

    You are entitled to your opinion. Everyone here is.
    I think the problem with Tabata is that he has talent, but may not have ‘baseball’ smarts.

    I see your point. But maybe they believed that his performance in the minor leagues made him belong on the team now.

    I am not defending Hurdle. But why would any manager fighting for a playoff spot in the middle of August want a ‘cancer’ player in his clubhouse.

  128. Thundercrack says:

    I will be going back to the video clips to see how he is wearing his hat.

  129. Milo Hamilton says:


    If that would have made at least a modicum of sense I would respond to it.

  130. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I’d think in past years they’d force Tabata into the lineup because they traded for him and they signed him, but there’s too much at stake this season for that kind of nonsense. Too many guys out there willing to give 100%. I’d rather see a positionally challenged, less talented JHay in the lineup than some guy with potential that makes every stupid, lazy play you can imagine.

  131. NMR says:


    You’re literally taking the blog comments you don’t like and forcing it on a situation you admittedly didn’t watch and know nothing about.

    Just stop.

  132. Arriba Wilver says:

    TC–I don’t know what Tabata’s problem is. And you may be right about one of them being that he doesn’t have “baseball smarts.” But he wasn’t sent back to the minors because he doesn’t have baseball smarts. He didn’t not try to catch that ball in St. Louis in right field when the temperature was 100+ (I believe Karstens started that game, too) earlier in the season, and his teammates finally got upset with him, because he didn’t have baseball smarts. Like I said, I don’t know if he’s lazy, a cancer or what, but to put it off to lack of baseball smarts seems like a big oversimplification. Garrett Jones doesn’t have a lot of baseball smarts at times, but he’s still a key player.

    Welcome back!

  133. Jandy says:

    NMR no I called him a cancer, I take responsibility for that!

  134. Thundercrack says:

    Please see post #90. I never said you called him a cancer.

    And your point could very well be the correct one: Tabata’s performance shouldn’t allow him to be on the team.

    But my comments were in response to other comments. And I ask the question how can you watch the game and figure out the guy is lazy or has a bad attitude…or is a cancer? Shouldn’t that come from someone much closer to him?

  135. Jandy says:

    Oh man…you guys are worse than a bunch of women! ::grin::

  136. Thundercrack says:

    Great to be back…. I think.

    You are correct. He did dog that ball in St Louis earlier this year.

  137. Jandy says:

    I remembered there being talk about guys being resentful of him not trying hard to make plays. To me, that’s a cancer. Sorry, guys. Should I reword that?

  138. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I resemble that remark.

  139. Jandy says:

    LOL Lucky, I’ve been in that situation before :p

  140. Bizrow says:

    @ JohninOshkosh

    I’ll post the league information from home, forget the ID No and can’t access it from work.

  141. cmat0829 says:

    So, question… If tabby bunts that ball to 3rd base and goes ahead with the steal attempt (not the hit and run but the one he got “picked off” of first by Yadier) does that alter the opinions of those in the anti-tabata camp? He did get 2 hits yesterday…. I know, “Ifs ands and buts”, but still….

  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    Phyllis Diller has died. Condolences to Fang.

  143. cmat0829 says:

    and I repeat my Hanley Ramirez question…. would he be welcome on the pirates today despite past transgressions in Florida?

  144. Boise Bucco says:

    Tabata isn’t the answer. We only have to put up with him literally until Marte comes back from the DL in 14 days. Unless Tabata can prove he belongs, he can go back to Indy. And by “prove he belongs” I mean not get picked off twice in a super-meaningful game, while at the same time not being able to lay down a key bunt. Whether it’s fair or not, it happened.

    Now where’s that starter…

  145. twentytwo22 says:

    It’s the offense’s job to win tonight’s game. Burnett on Tuesday, McDonald on Wednesday. Winning this series means they get to .500 on the road. Day off on Thursday.

  146. twentytwo22 says:

    A sweep would make the Pirates 10-10 during this 20/20 stretch. 2-1 against San Diego would be fine though.

  147. NMR says:


    You’re asking if I would change my opinion if Tabby performed the correct baseball plays yesterday?

    Um, isn’t that kind of an obvious question?

    And I’ll entertain your Hanley question…sometimes it’s not always all on the player. Kevin Youkilis was rumored to be a bad teamate in Boston, yet I don’t hear anyone complaining in Chicago. AJ Burnett came with similar baggage and we all know how he’s been in Pittsburgh.

    After seeing how big of a mess that entire team is in south Florida, I’d pay much more attention to how Hanley is acting with the Dodgers. I haven’t heard anything but praise.

  148. Jandy says:

    wow, Phyllis Diller was 95!

  149. LuckyNKentucky says:


    That’s something. She didn’t look a day over 105. She’s even older than Bob Hasis and me.

  150. The Gunner says:

    I see lotsa criticism of Scabata on this thread today. The guy has only played one game since he’s been back and everyone (including me) is in an uproar.

    Unfortunately, he is about all we have at this point. I just hope he doesn’t screw up too many things until Marte comes back.

  151. Jandy says:

    Lucky, now, be nice, she’s deceased. lol

    Gunner, where is Pressley? He’d be fine by me.

  152. Milo Hamilton says:

    If it’s true that McPherson & Wilson are the callups, then Kristy Robinson is 1st out of the gate again. Wonder how she gets all this stuff ? A mole in the Indianapolis front office perhaps ? Is she adhering to the new dress code ?

    DK: Yep. Every single call-up all year.

  153. pants-n-at says:

    @ NMR. I don’t think AJ would welcome Hanley. He wasn’t too pleased with his antics in last week’s game after hitting one out against him.

  154. The Gunner says:

    Hi Jandy

    Presley is still in Indy but I suspect Snider is going on the DL and the Bucs will probably call him up.

    Scabata is just plain awful and a huge liability for the Bucs especially in a pennant race. I am starting to think the guy is nuts!

  155. Jandy says:

    Gunner, Tabata sure has issues of some sort. Until someone figures out how to solve them, he’s going to be a liability. Just my opinion, of course ;)

    Later all, gotta get more done…hope the boys win tonite!

  156. Tom P. says:

    Milo (103), Jandy (104) and Lucky (120),

    The Sugar Land Skeeters play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an 8 team independent league. I saw a game in Lancaster PA earlier this month. From what I can tell from the game program, it is a primarily AA or AAA equivalent for players who have been released by their MLB organizations. Butch Hobson (of the Red Sox) has managed in Lancaster for a number of years, and Gary Gaetti (of the Twins) manages another team, so there is pedigree there. The game I saw was entertaining and well played.

  157. NMR says:


    I’m far from saying Hanley is an ideal player, but think about who the source is in those comments.

    I’d rather have Hanley playing on my team than Ozzie coaching it.

  158. pants-n-at says:

    @NMR. Very good point!

  159. bobhasis says:

    With the startling news coming out of Augusta, GA today, I called and immediately cancelled my membership, and for them not to look for me and my 20-man entourage next April.

    Nothing is sacred anymore!

  160. pants-n-at says:

    Maybe Tabata is still worried he’s going to injure himself! ;-)

  161. Matt says:

    I was at the series in St. Louis with my wife and even she was upset watching Tabata’s effort. He hit the ball well that series, but it is difficult to watch him in the field. The first time the ball landed in front of him, I thought maybe he just didn’t get a good read on the ball off the bat, but the next two times were quite noticable. Enough so that the Cardinal fans around me laughed and asked me if he always was like that? Lack of effort is tough to stomach. But I am hoping that maybe he will see the error of his ways.

  162. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Tom and pants,

    The Rocket has landed. He’s only a few years younger than Gunner and me. Maybe we could hook on with an independent league team. Other than a lousy arm, slow of foot and a slow bat, I’d be a great ball player. 87 MPH fastball at his age is OK. That’s around Paul Maholm speed and look at the year he’s having.

  163. Milo Hamilton says:

    When told of The Rocket’s comeback, Suzyn Waldman wondered why he wasn’t in George Steinbrenner’s box & Ryota Igarashi was “shocked”.

  164. cmat0829 says:

    I guess I’m not making my point well enough… I’m moving beyond defending Tabata for his earlier transgressions on the field and for some bonehead plays yesterday… I’m posing a question as to “what do you do about it now”? Options: give up on him, ship him out (as the Fish did Hanley)…. play him and hope the light switch clicks back on…. send “a message” to him and dump him to AA…..

    try putting yourself in Clint’s shoes right now… is Presley really a better option for the Pirates at this point? Is there anyone else who is a better option than Tabata? I’m not answering those questions, just posing them. Maybe others can see more clearly on this than I can, but I really don’t think the answers to those questions are that obvious. I’m inclined to support the Pirates if they continue to play Tabata…just like I’d support them if they cut him today.

  165. pattonbb says:

    @ NMR – #158

    Ozzie got some respect from me during the 2006 all star game. Remember when they did the Clemente tribute? He was crying his eyes out.

    That said, I wouldn’t want him managing my favorite team. But I wouldn’t have Hanley either. Birds of a feather….

  166. Boise Bucco says:

    Yeah, but it’s not like you can really ship him out at this point either…5 years and the better part of at least $14 million left on his contract for what amounts to a bench player with sub-par defense. At this point they’re better off holding on to him and hoping that he gets it together. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, really. And now the Bucs have options in LF, even if it’s just Presley with Marte out, and $14 million spread out over the next 5 years isn’t that horrible.

    Who knows, maybe next year Tabata comes into Spring Training with a little extra “gas in the tank” (see: Cabrera, Melky) and the Bucs can ship him off for some prospects mwahahaha NO THAT’S AWFUL STOP IT

  167. Matt says:


    I trust the FO knows best on the tabata issue, but you pose a good question. I would send him to AAA until he decides to play hard. I am sure it is more difficult on management seeing their money go down the drain than it is for us fans to swallow a losing effort.

  168. NMR says:


    I think all those options you listed are ones for the future, not present day. There’s no reason to act on any of those options just because of what happened yesterday.

    Right now, I leave Tabby in AAA and bring up Presley instead. At this point, Alex is far less prone to error and isn’t appreciably worse skill-wise. The Pirates don’t need a world beater, just someone who doesn’t beat themselves.

    The beauty of the Pirates situation regarding Tabata in the long term is that they’ve given themselves options. Its up to Tabata to earn his spot. Let him do it.

  169. Matt says:

    It is my opinion that presley is a much better option than Tabata. He does strike out a lot, but he does show some power.

  170. Dan1283 says:


    Not sure if you’re checking blog comments this week, but the new “all DK all the time” page on the Trib site is EXACTLY what we’ve been clamoring for all this time. Live Twitter feed, easy to find the blog, easy to find the columns, and I’m pleasantly surprised at the chat transcript additions.

    Well done to the Trib staff, and THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!

    DK: I’m always checking the blog comments, Dan, and I’m sure they appreciate your note, as well.

  171. cmat0829 says:

    @Matt and others who think Presley is better option right now for the Bucs than Tabata… we can agree to disagree. I saw enough of Presley before they brought up Marte… I saw tabby crush two hits yesterday and so I’m inclined to keep him in the lineup… on a short leash…get your )*#$(*)(#$)(#* head in the game … I think someone other than Clint can deliver that message (AJ can, but would prefer that come from Cutch or Walker).

  172. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I noted the Scab’s weight in post 70… The guy’s play is just plain worthless. Presley not a stud, but def better option. And let’s be honest, the Scab isn’t animated enough to be a cancer. He must be a virgo.

  173. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Scab also has way more CS than anyone else and he’s only played 73 games.

  174. Milo Hamilton says:


    Don’t put words in my mouth. That’s not what I said.

    DK: No, it’s what I said. I was wholly agreeing with you. Can’t think of a single exception.

  175. JRay3 says:

    Well have made it to SD and have taken the wife to far too many boutique shops in the Gaslamp Quarter and now time to focus on baseball. Will say have run into ,any Pirate fans this afternoon and the park within the park at Petco is awesome and got some great shots from CF fence.

    I have seen Justin Wilson listed as starter, Kevin Coreeia listed as starter and read @JAL write a source of his has McPherson as starter, this should be interesting. One question if KC could offer to start after throwing two innings yesterday why not Wandy?
    Wonder if there is any update to Snider as well?

    Anyhow would love to see this series get off on right note with win tonight. Let’s Go Bucs!

  176. Mike Shigley says:

    1. McPherson is still listed as starter in Indianapolis web site.

    2. Justin Wilson is the only fully rested starter available on the 40 man roster.

    3. If you take a look at the outfield situation across the minor leagues, there is no real option. On the 40 man roster it is only Tabata or Presley. I certainly wouldn’t want Drew Sutton or Brandon Boggs, the other two Indianapolis outfielders (neither on the 40 man roster). The intriguing possibility, however, is Adalberto Santos, who hasn’t done anything except hit since he was signed in 2012. He has one year in State College, one in Bradenton, and currently is in Altoona, hitting just under .400 — and always hustles. His OPS is .932 and he has 14 stolen bases in only half the Curve games (because of a long stint on the disabled list). No power, however, at least yet.

  177. Bizrow says:

    Fantasy Football, still 7 slots left


    Dejan’s Lunatics (ID# 362238)

    Password 1203

    @John, hope you get this

  178. Bizrow says:

    Folks, give Tabata some time

    At least he’s taking the blog heat off of Pedro

    Well, that and that big dinger yesterday


  179. Thundercrack says:

    Rob B tweeted that Cruz was DFA’d.

    Why isn’t that info put somewhere on the Trib’s web site, right away?

  180. JohninOshkosh says:


    My snark-o-meter is turned off. Was Dejan sarcastic in his response to you?

  181. JRay3 says:

    @ Thundercrack – thanks for the Cruz news….music to my ears.

  182. Milo Hamilton says:


    I’m afraid I hit a nerve & that wasn’t my intention. I was taking a shot & her and wondering about her methods, that’s all.

    By the way, Correia is starting. Cruz has been DFA’d & Mercer is on daddy leave. McPherson & Wilson are up. No word on Qualls yet.

  183. NMR says:

    I kind’ve feel bad more attention has been paid negatively to Tabata than positively to Correia. Must be a reflection of a bad day at work. My apologies.

    I don’t know what has changed since the first demotion, but Correia seems to have made a complete reversal. Very nice to see.

  184. aglebagel says:


    Time to move me from Manhattan, NY to Provo, UT in your “database.” Thanks. And yeah, just a bit of a change of scenery.

  185. aglebagel says:

    Anyone else see this quote from the Jaguars’ owner in regards to his team’s plans to play in London?

    “The NFL is going to be developing an international fan base. Why shouldn’t it be the Jaguars?” Khan said last year. “In all honesty, internationally, they don’t know the difference between the Jaguars and the Steelers.”

    Uh, not in my international travel experience, albeit limited.

    DK: Sounds like a guy who’s never left the country.

  186. JAL says:


    I beat Kristy on part of it, had McPherson coming up at 7:11 am, post 23.

  187. NMR says:


    Thats one crazy move, albeit a nice one. The entire Salt Lake Valley has a great quality of living.

  188. The Gunner says:

    @ Lucky – 164

    Lucky, although I am still recovering from a rotator cuff injury I incurred while shoveling snow in the February 2009 (or 2010/) blizzard, I am confident I can finesse and demonstrate impeccable command.

    When do we start??

  189. RobertoForever says:

    Lineup out

    Extra inning victories actually HEAL people. Snider with a miraculous recovery. Walker back.

    Tabata LF, Snider RF, Cutch CF, Jones 1B, Walker 2B, Alvarez 3B, Barmes SS, Barajas C

  190. Bizrow says:


    Thanks, Provo added

    Regarding removing Manhattan, once a lunatic lives there, the place is infected ;-)

  191. RobertoForever says:

    And, of course, Correia starting

  192. Bizrow says:

    I’m thinking Snider is a pretty tough bird

    Not to mention PRNW

    Not to mention this club

  193. The Gunner says:

    The Bucs are going to win tonight & it won’t be pretty. Kudos to Correia for stepping up tonight. I suspect they;ll try to get 5 innings out of him and then use Wilson & McPherson. It’ll almost be like a spring training game.

    And Tabata will have a great game and be on Dan Potash’s post game show.

  194. RobertoForever says:

    Game thread up. Ants marching.


  195. aglebagel says:


    I’m surprised to get that response from you about traveling and the Steelers, and to be honest with you, I had one of those “Why don’t you stick a dagger in me” moments in response to the accusation of not being well traveled. :) I’ve been to London, the city the NFL has expanded to, a couple of times, in addition to most of Western Europe, and I’ve always been amazed at how many people know the Steelers when I tell them where I’m from. However, all told, it’s not a huge sample size, so I’ll take your word that you haven’t had the same experience.

    DK: Wow, AB, you TOTALLY misread that. Was agreeing with you completely. My reference was to the Jaguars’ owner.

  196. aglebagel says:


    Oh, Manhattan is plenty infected already…

  197. Boise Bucco says:

    I had the opportunity to watch Super Bowl XLIII in Thailand at a Brit ex-pat bar. Haha me and a bunch of USAF guys, a couple of us actually from the Pittsburgh area, and it was amazing. I looked like a true yinzer, decked out in a Polamalu jersey and Terrible Towel. I can tell you, EVERYBODY there had heard of the Steelers, not a lot of people there had heard of the Cardinals. But I can also tell you, not a lot of people were exactly rooting for the Steelers…maybe it was one of those success breeds contempt kind of things, or maybe it was just one of those underdog things. But they were all cheering for Ben during that last drive. And they all bought us tequila shots after the game was over…at 10 am. Great day.

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