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Monday Wakeup Call: More columns about baseball

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Morning, lunatics …

>> The Monday column is about baseball. Specifically, it’s about the two players I identify as what I’m calling the swing votes for the 2013 Pirates. You’ll see I didn’t exactly go out on a limb with either choice.

At the same time, I’d welcome hearing your choices in the comments.

Here’s some of my talk yesterday with Pedro Alvarez

>> Actual exchange, just before that, inside clubhouse …

Me: “Hey, Pedro, got a minute?”

Pedro: “No!” (then smiles) “Ah, I’m kidding.”

Neil Walker and Brandon Inge are amused nearby.

Walker: “See, this is what happens when you only come around once in a while because you’re out covering all that hockey.”

Touche, les hommes de baseball.

>> Also, here’s my news notebook for the day, focusing on the more dynamic Jose Tabata.

>> If you missed the first two pieces from down here, the Friday column looked at the seemingly long lost concept of hope in this corner of the sporting world, and the Sunday column asked Clint Hurdle, in a one-on-one interview, if he feels he lost the clubhouse last summer.

>> From reading about and watching highlights of Pitt-Villanova, sure looks like all concerned had themselves quite the experience at the Pete yesterday …

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That’s Dante Taylor above, of course. He and Tray Woodall, the other senior, really rose to the occasion on the court. But they went a little further in this moving press conference, courtesy of Chris Peak’s PantherLair.com site.

>> Evgeni Malkin cleared for contact? Yes, absolutely.

>> Willie Gay back to the Steelers? Sure, why not at the right price?

>> The Duquesne women are off to the A-10 tourney with high hopes. And those hopes are making the NCAA tournament, which I’m seeing as extremely difficult if they don’t have win at least a couple in Philly.

>> I’ll be on TribLIVE Radio today at 10:45 a.m. for a half-hour of baseball talk with our Ken Laird, who’s also here on site. My own show tomorrow also will be heavy on ball.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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