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Tuesday Wakeup Call: Special guest James Neal

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest James Neal.

To listen to the show, just click on TribLIVE Radio. It’s free, easy, no registration. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android, we’ve also got the TribLIVE Radio app.

The Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless will the media guest, discussing not only the Eastern Conference playoff map but also the upcoming Penguins-Jets tilt here on Thursday. And, of course, the local Twitter legend @suckmeter will offer, in his own inimitable manner, the Suck of the Week in Pittsburgh sports.

I want you involved, too. Email: sportstalk@tribweb.com or call me at 412-320-7925.

>> The Penguins’ new age, if you will, might or might not begin tonight against visiting Montreal, given the uncertainty of whether Evgeni Malkin or Brenden Morrow will play. But if they do, our Rob Rossi has you covered with a thorough breakdown of what it takes to skate with No. 71.

>> The hockey team’s TV ratings continue to be just insane.

>> Here’s the Trib video from Consol yesterday …

>> James Harrison, nomad. Just imagine if he comes back for less than the Steelers’ original offer.

 >> The Pirates’ leadership? Rob Biertempfel discusses a few. My choice: A.J. Burnett.

>> Robert Morris’ nice season ended last night by coming up short vs. Providence. I’m guessing that the public impact won’t match that of the Colonials’ previous game. Maybe no game they’ll ever play will.

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.

Comments

  1. Ghost says:

    Sure would be nice to get James Harrison back after all. Though he probably left a bit inelegantly, I’m sure Mike Tomlin can tidy that up and place a bow on it. Harrison and Bill Parise rolled the dice, but now they have to get pragmatic. Here’s hoping the Steelers would again extend some kind of offer. If so, while James isn’t exactly “The Dude,” if he can abide …

    DK: I’ll admit to being a fan of your first-in-line posts, my ghostly friend.

  2. Ghost says:

    Oh oh. Now I have to keep it up. I’ll do one of my Ambien-influenced posts tomorrow. That ought to lower the bar again.

  3. Drew71 says:

    I think you scared us of with that good posting.

    I can’t even think of what to write.

    Maybe something about team leadership.

  4. Rossi’s piece today about skating with Malkin is enlightening.

    Good read.

  5. 24/7 has noticeably raised his game this year. Someone like Neil Walker must be whispering good things in his ear.

    Read his piece today that Dejan links above. He measures the immeasurable clubhouse attitude of Pirate leadership in 3 players.

  6. Drew71 says:

    Jack Wilson must be back.

    (Thunder??)

  7. John Lease says:

    The season is less than a week away. Sanchez seems to be a lock.

    Not looking too good.

  8. Mike Prisuta on DVE this morning: “Pirate season starts in less than a week. The groundhog in Puxatawny has predicted their season——6 more months of bad baseball!”

  9. Thundercrack says:

    I hope not. And I don’t wish the wilson-receding hairline on Walker.

    I’m not sure what there is left to write about during this time in Spring Training, but 24/7′s article this morning seemed a bit short….could have used more content.

  10. Thundercrack says:

    Wow, that Prisuta is real original. I guess he is trying to fit in with the rest of the comedians on that show.

    And with all the Penguin news going on I’m surprised he realized the Pirates existed

  11. JAL says:

    JAL’s Say Hey Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UduDreaZq6c

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2013

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Decision Day For Jonathan Sanchez

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-decision-day-for-jonathan-sanchez.html

    Prospect Notebook: Hafner Having Success With New Slider; Kingham and Fuesser Pitch Well

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/prospect-notebook-hafner-having-success-with-new-slider-kingham-and-fuesser-pitch-well.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Rays homer 3 times off Kyle McPherson

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/3/26/4147862/rays-homer-3-times-off-kyle-mcpherson

    7 WHYGAVS

    Do the Pirates have enough pitching to do anything meaningful in 2013?

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/march-2013/do-the-pirates-have-enough-pitching-to-do-anything-meaningful-in-2013.html

    8 Rant Sports

    Will Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Andrew McCutchen Be the 2013 MVP

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/03/26/will-pittsburgh-pirates-outfielder-andrew-mccutchen-be-the-2013-mvp/

    9 Rumbunter

    John McDonald Highlight Videos Are Fun To Watch

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/03/25/john-mcdonald-highlight-videos-are-fun-to-watch/

    10 Green Weenie

    Bucs V Rays

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/03/bucs-v-rays_25.html

  12. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh

    http://www.bradenton.com/2013/03/25/4453631/recap-tampa-bay-vs-pittsburgh.html

    12 Bleacher Report

    2013 MLB Predictions: National League Central Preview

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1575631-2013-mlb-predictions-national-league-central-preview

    13 Fox News

    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Preview

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/03/25/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-preview/

    14 KDKA

    Pirates Gear Up To Leave Sunny Fla. And Face Snowy Pittsburgh

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/25/pirates-gear-up-to-leave-sunny-fla-and-face-snowy-pittsburgh/

    15 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates season preview: A look at the first basemen

    http://cityofchampionssports.com/2013/03/25/pittsburgh-pirates-season-preview-a-look-at-the-first-basemen/

    16 Fayetteville Observer

    30 teams in 30-ish or so days: Pittsburgh Pirates preview and prediction

    http://blogs.fayobserver.com/calledthirdstrike/March-2013/30-teams-in-30-ish-or-so-days–Pittsburgh-Pirates-

    17 Beaver County Times

    Pirates’ Martin still a good catch

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/pirates/pirates-martin-still-a-good-catch/article_41233126-8b28-58c5-83e9-c52d51a859af.html

    18 PBC SITE

    McPherson allows three homers in loss to Rays

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130325&content_id=43297056&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    Inge playing in pain in hopes of making team

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130325&content_id=43287154&notebook_id=43306762&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Why Turning 30 is So Much Better if You Don’t Play Baseball

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19976

    20 Fangraphs

    2013 Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitchers (#1-#15)

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2013-positional-power-rankings-starting-pitchers-1-15/

    2013 Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitchers (#16-#30)

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2013-positional-power-rankings-starting-pitchers-16-30/

  13. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    James Harrison open to return to Steeler

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/3/25/4146834/steelers-free-agency-james-harrison-cut-contract-salary-cap

    NFL free agent crops don’t always result in bountiful harvests

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/3/25/4142624/nfl-free-agency-2013-winners-losers

    22 Steelers Depot

    - Steelers S Ryan Clark Not Upset That The Ravens Traded Away WR Anquan Boldin

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/03/steelers-s-ryan-clark-not-upset-that-the-ravens-traded-away-wr-anquan-boldin/

    Soccer(football)

    23 Daily Telegraph

    Costa Rica protest to Fifa over defeat to USA in World Cup qualifier in snowstorm and demand a replay

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/9952434/Costa-Rica-protest-to-Fifa-over-defeat-to-USA-in-World-Cup-qualifier-in-snowstorm-and-demand-a-replay.html

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 25th March, 2013

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-25th-march-2013

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Early Returns: Shero Takes Control with Deals for Murray, Morrow

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2013/3/25/4145786/early-returns-shero-takes-control-with-deals-for-murray-morrow

  14. JAL says:

    Tuesday Say Hey The Treniers 1955 Group active in 1940s and 50s. Performed in several movies in the late 1950s.

  15. Drew71 says:

    Existentially, do they?

  16. kr70 says:

    A long time ago the Braves had “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” We need a contest to come up with something for AJ, Wandy and Jmac. Did anyone ever have a 3 man rotation? Because until Cole gets here that’s basically what it’s looking like.

  17. Drew71 says:

    I’ve been trying for 10 minutes but I can’t make any of the names of the top of the rotation starters rhyme with Front Office Overhaul.

    Any of their middle names Paul or Saul?

  18. Drew71 says:

    Pittsburgh.

    - Monday April 1. Opening day. 50% chance of showers. 49 degrees.

    - Wednesday April 3. Game two. Showers gone. Sunny. 43 degrees.

    Just here to serve.

  19. Drew71 says:

    I suppose I shoulda asked Spoons if HE was excited about it.

  20. Drew71 says:

    Could be worse. Current temp is 0 F in Winnipeg. That’s -18 C.

    Could be better, though.

  21. Jandy says:

    Try something with “stall” or “Be all and end all” instead ;)

  22. Drew71 says:

    Yes! Whole different direction.

    First place in July
    Then after the fall…

  23. Jandy says:

    An excellent take on the Morrow/Murray acquisitions:
    http://www.faceoff-factor.com/1pittsburgh-penguins/4765/look-out-loretta

  24. Jandy says:

    I knew you could do it, Drewster!

  25. Jandy says:

    Groat, yes it is. I read it too, do ya think Morrow is up to it?

  26. SJB says:

    I liked the take by E.J. Hradek on NHL Live yesterday. Nothing like hearing the NHL’s very own Jay Leno give his wishy-washy, stuck in neutral, non-opinion on things.

  27. Dom says:

    Does anyone know if Costa Rica has any chance at obtaining a rematch with the US?

  28. gregenstein says:

    A rotation Haiku, as done by Yoda:

    AJ and Wandy
    pitch well. J-Mac is Night and
    Day. Then Screwed we are.

  29. Stuart says:

    Jandy, Big like!

    I tried to “like” it there too, but didn’t realize you have to be on face book. Having lived this long without it, I see no reason to change!

    The Pens ate instantly better, and in a really good way.

    Stuart

  30. JAL says:

    Latest I have seen on it is link 23

  31. JAL says:

    Jonathan Sanchez has been told he has made the rotation

  32. Dom says:

    That is depressing.

  33. Arriba Wilver says:

    Has anyone told Neal yet?

  34. It is, but think about McPherson’s over-8 ERA at number 5. At least Sanchez knew how to pitch once.

    Locke has been a little more consistent, but like Milo says, overall he stinks.

  35. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Per Kevin from yesterday… “I didn’t see Brad post yet today. Maybe he’s hiding because TK scored the game winning goal last night. I was looking for his usual TK comment like “the penguins should trade him while his value is high”… that would solve our roster situation”

    I’m disappointed, Kevin. I’ve NEVER once put “Tyler Kennedy” and “high trade value” seriously in the same sentence. :-) It wouldn’t solve a roster situation, but it would ease my personal angst.

    I wasn’t hiding. I was giving Kennedy an off day since he scored the GWG. It’s amazing how a human can cringe and cheer at the same time.

  36. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    So what IS the rotation looking like as of right now?

  37. TJ says:

    Made what rotation? Is he next in line of rotating wings for Malkin and Neal?

    Surely you can’t mean the Pirates rotation…

  38. Dom says:

    If Sanchez is #4 and Karstens suppose to start the year on the DL, who will be #4 in our rotation?

  39. TJ says:

    AJ/Wandy/Bad/Worse/Horrible

  40. TJ says:

    Wait I take that back AJ/Wandy/JMAC/Worse/Horrible

  41. TJ says:

    TK seems like he needs ritilin at times. I just wish they would make the kid happy and send him to Carolina to be reunited with Staal.

    Anyone see that the Hurricanes signed Semin to a 5yr extension

  42. Dom says:

    I meant to say, if Sanchez is our #5 and Karstens suppose to start the year on the DL, who will be #4 in our rotation?

  43. TJ says:

    Maybe the Pirates should consider starting the season with their 4th and 5th starters since the weather will be crap. Save AJ and Wandy for hopefully a better day.

  44. TJ says:

    While I understand and agree with the decision there is no way in the world NH could honestly say today that Gerrit Cole is not good enough to be in this rotation.

  45. Jandy says:

    Thanks, Stuart :) I agree…these trades add to the team, they don’t change it.

  46. Jandy says:

    ZING!

  47. Jandy says:

    Double ZIng!

  48. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I just think Kennedy is way overrated. Flash in the pan. No sense at all of how to play D. I like a shot-happy offense, but he’s beyond extreme with shot selection, meaning there is none. Plus he’s just not as effective as he used to be.

    5years?! For 8 goals and 22 assists? Wow. Rutherford’s not holding back, is he. Between the Staals and Semin that’s like 40 years of hockey in 3 guys. Not sure those are the 3 I’d invest that much in.

  49. Jandy says:

    Hey guys, if you click on the link I posted just up there, it mentions TK, and not in a good light. lol

  50. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Oh man. I was asking seriously (for once). But that was heartwarming lol. Do they even have one in mind at this point with all the injuries?

  51. Thundercrack says:

    Kyle Stark told Neal the news….with a “you gotta problem with that?” look

  52. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I’m on that like a pack of dogs on a 3-legged cat…

  53. Jandy says:

    Any team that would sign Semin beyond 2 years is insane. He’s inconsistency defined.

  54. Jandy says:

    Zing on Zing!

  55. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    big + a bunch to that guy. Although he forgot to mention that Kennedy also leads the league in MSS (most-stoppable shots) and S%per48 (shooting % per 48square feet rather than 24). Ok I made those up, but if someone kept track of it I’m sure he’d be a leader.

  56. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  57. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Yeah, but there was that classic photo of his slogan during the Caps series in 09 from the near top of the Igloo. That alone warrants an extra year.

  58. Drew71 says:

    Very good, mr stein. Love the Yoda influence.

    My fear and my haiku…

    AJ and Wandy
    AJ and Wandy again
    Again and again

  59. tdb1977 says:

    You mean, they didn’t think outside the box. With 2 first round picks, and only loosing the 14th pick, they didn’t sign Lohse, so the Opening Day rotation isn’t Burnett/Wandy/Lohse/Cole/JMac? Damn, depressing.

  60. Drew71 says:

    Doesn’t that leave out, like, all but six weeks each year?

  61. TJ says:

    I think Kennedy also leads the league in shots from impossible angles.

  62. Thundercrack says:

    Was listening to MLB XM on the way in this morning. They told the story that Buck Showalter was asked the other day about his starting rotation. I can’t remember his exact reply but it basically was ” I have confidence, or am comfortable, with 3 guys”.

  63. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    And he has 2 first names just like Dejan Kovace….. nevermind. Bad example.

  64. Thundercrack says:

    I guess the optimistic side of me isn’t freaking out about the rotation. Because I know that it won’t stay this way for the entire year. And I am trying to be optimistic about Morton, Liriano, and Karstens returning.

    I never thought that my optimistic side was my best side.

  65. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Yeah I’m no physicist, but the ol’ 180 degree angle shot doesn’t seem to work out so well that often.

  66. Arriba Wilver says:

    Pat Lackey in Link #7 has an interesting optimistic/pessimistic view on the rotation.

  67. Drew71 says:

    YES! Best thing about these trades…

    First, Do No Harm.

    The best is the worst. Meaning, worst case scenario? Both fail, both sit, and they have EXACTLY the same team that had won 12 straight.

    (Well. Except Malkin will be back. He’s not bad, I hear.)

    So ANYthing they get from EITHER acquisition is a Net Add without any short term offsetting risk.

    I think at least one of these is just bound to work as envisioned, so yes, I think it will be a positive.

    But that’s not my point.

    My point: no risk; why NOT?

  68. Thundercrack says:

    I thought I read a story the other day that had reports from “scouts” that said Cole really isn’t ready yet – and NH was right to send him down. They said that he is still too much of just a power pitcher.

    If at this point we only want him to be better than Sanchez, Locke, or McPherson, then I think the bar is set too low. I can wait for him.

  69. Dom says:

    He certainly is. I believe the logic is to keep in the minors for a few months to extend his arbitration by a year.

  70. Truly, though, he’s barely sniffed AAA unless you count ST right now. The arb stuff and super 2 stuff is in play obviously but he really just dominated AA and nothing higher.

  71. Jandy says:

    “That guy” is my son-in-law :)

  72. John Lease says:

    IF, he works out, it’ll be a big steal. He actually has talent, but his implosion last year was super ugly.

    And if he keeps Jeanmar out of the rotation, so much the better.

  73. Never thought I’d be pining away for Charlie Morton, but it’s almost come to that.

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    Huntington says that Charlie Morton & Francisco Liriano will not be put on the 60 day DL. Good news for them but bad news for non roster invitees trying to make the team. They’re already going to have to boot someone off the 40 man to make room for Jonathan Sanchez. The chances for guys like Brandon Inge, Felix Pie & Mike Zagurski just got worse.

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just as I say that, Brandon Inge has been told he’s on the team. He might start the season on the DL. Look for trade(s). Someone’s gotta go.

  76. Drew71 says:

    Because of two scheduled days off in the first 11 days of the season, they only need a fifth starter the second and fourth times through the rotation, April 10 and 19. So if they treat April 10 as a fire drill start, meaning pull the alarm and bring up whoever from Indy you set up to start the same date, you can otherwise make it through until the fourth time through the rotation before truly naming a fifth starter. That provides time to see if Karstens or Liriano can get there.

    A weather postponement, common in April, either allows you to avoid the fire drill or wait until the 24th to pick a fifth starter.

    I would name four, set up the Indy rotation to be ready if necessary to cover the 10th, and let it play out.

  77. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think that’s right. He’s one of the best 25, but truly isn’t quite ready. Neal, as is his pattern, stupidly said recently if he was one of the best 25 he would go north with the team.

  78. Milo Hamilton says:

    They need a fifth starter April 7th.

  79. Thundercrack says:

    I doubt Zagurski makes the team.

  80. TJ says:

    Gabby Sanchez; if Inge and Mcdonald are on the roster Sanchez only plays 1B and is in a platoon situation I could see him being dealt

  81. TJ says:

    I agree Lucky; its the right move. But do you think Cole would do better or worse than Sanchez and which ever left over we get for the 5th spot?

  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    His name has been floating around.

  83. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I’m sure you’re a prouder mother-in-law than mine.

  84. NMR says:

    Good lord. I don’t know who to be mad at, the addict or the enabler.

  85. He hasn’t done anything to make it other than throw left-handed.

  86. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    “And I’ll wait… for you… with or without you…”

    I tried.

  87. Arriba Wilver says:

    I like Jones, but at this point, I’d rather see him dealt over Gaby. I think there’s more upside with Gaby.

  88. JohninOshkosh says:

    People here think Lohse put the Brewers in the wild card mix.

    Silly people.

  89. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    But he gives us portly guys some hope. :-)

  90. TJ says:

    And by no means am I saying that Inge or Mcdonald should be on the roster over Sanchez the way he has hit this spring

  91. Jandy says:

    He’s a good guy, Brad. Couldn’t ask for anyone better. Plus, he loves the Pens :)

  92. Cole will be infinitely better later on. Right now, hard to tell. Cole is the real deal, per all who have seen him and should know. McP, Locke et al have a ways to go.

    Sanchez may make it under Searage, but it’s still a roll of the dice.

  93. Jandy says:

    Oh. Remember I told you he works at the Mount as a student recruiter.

  94. I can relate, but Neal ain’t portly. :(

  95. Bizrow says:

    I’ve been to worse opening days, weather wise…..

  96. Thundercrack says:

    I agree with Arriba.

    And Sanchez is not tall.

    I really wonder what happens with Inge when he gets off the DL.
    He hasn’t looked all that good

  97. RobertoForever says:

    I guess that is the definition of ‘all in’ by shero?

  98. NMR says:

    Gailardo, Lohse, Estrada, Fiers, Peralta?

    Loooootta unknown after the first two.

  99. TJ says:

    ESPN rumor central lists the Pirates as a team the Dodgers may approach about trading a SP with Karstens going on the DL.

  100. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gaby Sanchez for Capuano, what’s so hard about that ?

  101. Thundercrack says:

    I saw it listed on mlbtraderumors that the Bucs had a scout at Capuano’s start against some minor leaguers. ( I think it was him)

  102. Thundercrack says:

    I am not impressed with the Brewers. The Cubs stink and have injury issues with their pitching staff too. And the Cardinals have some injury issues as well.

  103. They’ve been enamored with Capuano for a long time.

  104. stuart66 says:

    I agree Drew. I’d include Jonathon in the four. Neither Locke or McPherson impressed me. Did you see either of them pitch?

    Stuart

  105. NMR says:

    Thanks for laying this out.

    When you look the situation in terms of number of starts, this really isn’t terrible. The 4th and 5th starters will combine for what, six starts in the first month of the season?

    Figure the team is good enough, at best, to win about half its games and you can make a reasonable guess that this rotation mess will cost them only 2 or 3 wins in the worst case scenario.

    What will be terrible is if the guys coming off injury and out of the minors don’t end up being an improvement over the first months rotation.

  106. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    That’s right I forgot. I’m only on campus 2 days a week and my one class is in the evening so I don’t see many people other than my students.

  107. Jandy says:

    Too bad, you guys could have a TK bashing party lol

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    I just bought an alternative home Pirates jersey (replica, of course). Per your previous post, that makes me both an addict and an enabler.

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    The 5th starter alone has to make 5 starts by May 1st.

  110. Thundercrack says:

    And I don’t understand that either.

  111. NMR says:

    I prefer Drew’s math, kind sir.

  112. Milo Hamilton says:

    So do I, except he’s wrong.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    The 5th starter makes his 1st start April 7th & then can only be skipped once until May 1st.

  114. NMR says:

    Ha, I think you misinterpreted my comment, which was in response to Brandon Inge making the team.

    The addict in this case is Clint Hurdle who is clearly hooked on crafty veteraness that oozes out of guys like Inge, Chad Qualls, Hisinori Takanashi, Rod Barajas, and Clint Barmes.

    The enbaler is Neal Huntington who continues to give his manager what he wants.

  115. TJ says:

    We all know how NH gets his man crushes; Stolmy is an example of that.

    But even though he’s another mid 30′s pitcher I think I’d be more comfortable with him in the #3 spot than JMAC.

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    Agreed. The Pirates have a chance this year to seriously compete in this division. Jeff Samardzija as OD pitcher? Gotta make hay there. Gallardo is solid but I’m not sold at all on Lohse and NMR points out the huge questions in the rest of the rotation.

    I learned a long time ago, though, never to dismiss the Cardinals..

  117. NMR says:

    la la la la la la la la la….

  118. Thundercrack says:

    I think the team could use a veteran or two off of the bench. Especially for pinch hitting.

    The enabler just gotta find better stuff for the addict

  119. TJ says:

    Pierre LeBrun reporting that the Pens are still very active in the Iginla chase despite Morrow and Murray additions. Perhaps even trying to make a deal before the deadline. Stated Pens see this as an all in year with the additional cap space they won’t have in the future.

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thank God they’ve flooded the system. :)

  121. TJ says:

    When you look at the Brewers they had their chances when they dealt for CC and then dealt for Greinke but were never able to get it done. That team with Fielder, Antler Sniffer and CC were their best shot to win it all

  122. Arriba Wilver says:

    Nope, the story says the Steelers are done with Harrison. There is a difference.

  123. NMR says:

    Agreed, John. Still surprises me more people aren’t picking the Cards over the Reds.

    Might not make sense on paper, but the Reds core has yet to show they can step up in the post season.

  124. TJ says:

    I wonder if John Vander Wal is available. No one could pinch hit like him.

  125. TJ says:

    Kind of like saying I quit after you were told your fired

  126. NMR says:

    Or you can play the younger, more athletic, more talented people you already have in the system.

    Crazy thought, right?

  127. Jandy says:

    Huge difference

  128. Just a question for all you puck heads from a non-hockey expert.

    If the Pens get Iginla, does that make us last season’s Dodgers who went overboard and got great names but no results or last season’s Giants who got great names and went on to grab the big prize?

    Just asking. Maybe the answer is neither, but I hope it’s the Giants.

  129. Arriba Wilver says:

    Now that’s a funny way to look at things — Neal Huntington.

  130. NMR says:

    I personally think Gaby is our first baseman next year. I’d rather hold on to as many talented players for the next GM to work with.

    Freakin’ Dodgers giving Brandon Freakin’ League $20m to be a below average closer still infuriates me.

    Hanny for Cap was gift wrapped for both teams.

  131. Milo Hamilton says:

    I never criticized the Dodgers when they made all those moves. I just laughed at them when they tanked.

  132. Jandy says:

    Neither Spunky, it makes the Pens favorites to win Lord Stanley. With a little bit of luck, a lot of hard work, and some scheming, it could be done!

  133. TJ says:

    I don’t think so at all Lucky.

    The Dodgers went out and acquired big names with ridiculous long term contracts. Every player that the Pens have acquired and if Iginla was acquired would fit in with the idea that they are FA’s at years end and not eating cap space for the next 5 years.

    Now if Shero bumps his head and acquires Dipietro then thats a different story

  134. Dom says:

    Woops.

  135. Jandy says:

    Teddy Bear, Mr. Shero isn’t dumb. DiPietro as a Pen won’t happen. You so funny!

  136. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t disagree with you at all. I was channeling my inner Neal. Hanrahan for Porcello was there for them also.

  137. Jandy says:

    That’s cuz you’re MEAN, Milo! :P

  138. +1

    That’s like telling some of my clients here to seek employment. They just look at you like “You’re not from here, right?”

    Well, Brother NMR, you are from here, right?

  139. Bizrow says:

    I can understand not putting Liriano on the 60 day, but what is the logic in not putting Morton on it?

  140. Thanks to all for your responses. I was just wondering.

  141. Bizrow says:

    Gaby cost us too much, they better get a real nice package for him,

    Just sayin

  142. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    It’s not like we’re dismantling the ’27 Yankees or anything.

  143. Arriba Wilver says:

    We need to convince you-know-who NOT to make a proclamation about the Cup, or Shero’s work will go for naught.

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  145. TJ says:

    Trying to figure out where TK would have fit in the 27 yankees

  146. AJ, Wandy, and JMac!
    Then we have a heart attack!

  147. Drew71 says:

    You are right. But then the fire drill (from Indy) start becomes April 7 instead of the 10th. Fourth starter goes on the 10th, and an off day follows on the 11th. And the next date a fifth starter is needed after the 7th is April 16 (I had listed the 19th earlier).

    So I was taking credit for three more days than they had to play with, but the theory still holds. The don’t need a starter on the first and third time thru the rotation. So if they handle the second time with a guy from Indy, they don’t need to name a fifth starter until the fourth time thru.

    So I wouldn’t. See how it plays out.

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    You talking about that draft pick they would have whiffed on ? :)

  149. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    After Drew’s Wonderful Weekly Weather Update, I don’t know why we’re even worrying about 5th starters. With all these early home games we may not need one until mid-May.

  150. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Peanut guy.

  151. Remember watching an Opening Day at Three Rivers from the outfield . . . . where I could not see the infield because of the snow showers falling!

    Walked to Three Rivers uphill both ways in my bare feet!

  152. TJ says:

    More from ESPN. Stating that the Patriots are likely waiting to offer Sanders a contract until the Steelers make their own moves to fill some other holes and eat into what little cap space they have which would only make matching an offer for Sanders that much more difficult. The Pats have until the 19th to make Sanders an offer.

  153. John Lease says:

    Exactly. He’s shown nothing other than he is old, and a ‘veteran’.

    Bring back Kevin Young, he also once played third.

  154. John Lease says:

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  155. TJ says:

    Asking price for iginla is evidently a first round pick and 2 prospects.

  156. John Lease says:

    That did make me ill.

  157. TJ says:

    No one would ever see their Peanuts coming; he’d be throwing them at such horrible angles

  158. NMR says:

    Gaby has THREE more years on his contract. If he comes close to his 2010/2011 numbers he’ll be a steal.

    Mid 30′s draft pick in a week draft year is nothing for a major league player.

  159. NMR says:

    Haha, bourn and raised, my friend. Shoulda known better.

  160. Thundercrack says:

    Who would those guys be NMR?

    Harrison? Mercer? Presley?

  161. TJ says:

    If anyone is an expert on being corrupt it would be Boras

  162. Dom says:

    I wouldn’t mind at all if the Pats signed him. I really don’t think there is much a variance between Sanders and Cotchery plus we get their 3rd round pick.

    I can’t imagine the Pats would do that as they’d end up with just 4 picks in this year’s draft and two of them are in the 7th round.

  163. Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

    Take it outside!

  164. Arriba Wilver says:

    Just Boras explaining to his clients why they didn’t get more. Trouble for him is it was collectively bargained, so it’s the rule of the land until December 1, 2016. He can b#t%h all he wants until then.

  165. Thundercrack says:

    On MLB XM this morning they had on a reporter from St Louis.

    Freese has a bad back and they aren’t sure what the problem is. Beltran with a bad toe. Some questions at short stop, Motte won’t start the season. (and Carpenter is gone).
    They do have a deep farm system and I wouldn’t count them out. But I am not as afraid of them as I was before.

    I still the Reds are going to be good. They can win this division.

  166. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    That’s awesome. Visual spoof ideas are flowing. Right now I’m picturing John Goodman in “The Babe” getting plunked with a bag of peanuts and chasing the peanut guy with a baseball bat.

  167. NMR says:

    No way Inge is a better baseball player at this point in his career than de Jesus or Mercer. Just no way.

    Tell me, Thunder, what decision has Clint Hurdle made, personel wise, that has worked out well? Why does he deserve the benefit of the doubt?

    Pedro Ciriaco riding the pine? Qualls and Takanashi over McP, Wilson, and Morris?

  168. If the whole Pirate pitching staff is kidnapped by terrorists or Scott Boras [same thing!], Gerrit Cole would still spend 2 weeks in AAA to gain an extra season of playing time!

  169. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  170. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I’d offer the pick, mid-level prospect, Tyler Kennedy and a bag of peanuts. 2 prospects is a bit steep.

  171. Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like.

    But he didn’t have to listen to Neal Huntington’s botched excuses.

  172. TJ says:

    Agreed. But with as many teams in the mix for him someone will over pay and it won’t be the Pens. I have a feeling they will end up picking up someone that no one expected.

  173. Arriba Wilver says:

    Where is the evidence Neal got Qualls and Takanashi because Clint wanted them?

  174. Jandy says:

    Oh Lord, here’s hoping the Angels keep him silent!

  175. NMR says:

    Crazy how much people take this guy’s words as facts. It is his OPINION that the system reduced the market for his clients.

    Still have yet to see a single entity do some actual analysis of what his clients would’ve been expecting pre-CBA and what they actually got.

    Just because it took longer for a couple guys to sign doesn’t automatically mean it was because of the draft rules. How can people accept that while ignoring the fact that Boras was asking upwards of $45m for Lohse’s services just two weeks ago? That was insane.

  176. Jandy says:

    Good job Groat!

  177. Jandy says:

    I totally believe the snow part…the bare feet…ehhh….we all know you wore galoshes, Groat!

  178. Wilver Dornel,

    And I previously always had so much respect for your opinions!

    Gaby Sanchez has yet to hit even 20 homers in a season! He is inconsistent at driving in runs!

    Garrett Jones has twice topped 21 HRs and twice 80 RBIs. He is much better at his job than Sanchez ever has been.

    Especially with the up-and-down performances of Pedro, Garrett Jones is needed as a consistent bopper and run producer.

  179. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought Gaby was on a one year contract, still eligible for arbitration next year and 2015, and a free agent in 2016.

  180. NMR says:

    That’s not my argument, AW.

    Neal acquired those players. Hurdle used them when better options were available.

    Thus, my comment above. I don’t know who to be mad at, the addict or the enabler.

  181. Jandy says:

    Didn’t anyone ever tell you guys it’s not nice to make fun of old people?

  182. NMR says:

    Exactly. Three years of control.

  183. Thundercrack says:

    NMR,
    I tend to agree with you to a degree. I would like younger guys to get a chance. I wanted Mercer to get more playing time last year – but know I think they may know something about his talent level. I would like more playing time to prove that out.

    But I am mainly talking about pinch hitting. A key spot late in the game where a hit gets you a win or ties the game up – I’ll feel more comfortable with a veteran than Mercer or DeJesus at this point.

    Hurdle is not unlike many managers – they will look towards the veteran. As much as I wanted Mercer to play more during last year’s slide, there was no way he was going to bench Barmes for Mercer. (and I’m not saying I am happy with the results)

  184. Jandy says:

    Are you losted yet? ;)

  185. Jandy says:

    dying here LOL!

  186. Jandy says:

    That’s not always a bad thing!

  187. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sure, it’s his opinion, just like it would be someone else’s opinion that they wouldn’t have gotten more. The thing that kind of supports his opinion is that the whole point of everything that the owners have done since the institution of free agency is to try to reduce the increase in salaries. And that includes the new comp rules (although probably more players benefited by getting rid of the A and B system).

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s only talking from his perspective in terms of his clients, and it’s silly to call it “corrupt” but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t affected his ability to get more money for his clients.

  188. Milo Hamilton says:

    Red Sox release Lyle Overbay. I’m never going to get rid of that ball. :(

  189. Arriba Wilver says:

    Don’t tell NMR that theory about more teams in the mix driving up prices. :-)

  190. Drew71 says:

    So over the last few days, released or demoted;
    Lyle Overbay
    Matt Capps
    Brad Lincoln
    Give us Barrabbad

    Hey. You could put together the core of a pretty good team.

    Well maybe not.

  191. Dom says:

    Did you catch a foul ball of his?

  192. Pat4PGH says:

    Neal, the bad deal seal, might still try to add any or all of the above to his exceptional and widely coveted 40 man roster….

  193. Thundercrack says:

    Much, much more likely than catching a home run ball from Overbay.

  194. Ronny Cedeno signed by Astros to be starting shortstop.

    More proof that Jeff Luhnow has gone over to the Dark Side!

    Astros must be trying to lock up the #1 draft pick by 4th of July. Cardinals would not even keep him as backup, and Furcal is out for the year.

  195. Bizrow says:

    Opening day maybe 65 or 66, snowing all day, Hammering Hank ends the agony with a drive over the clock on the scoreboard late in the game.

    Its like golf though, no such thing as a bad day there….

  196. Bizrow says:

    Xavier Nady just got let go as well.

  197. Milo won that ball. That’s like winning a case of Tylenol or something like that. Handy, but you don’t really want it.

  198. Arriba Wilver says:

    “Gaby has THREE more years on his contract.”

    Just sayin’.

  199. JohninOshkosh says:

    Anybody think the Astros will lose 120 games?

    Like their new old unis, though.

  200. Milo Hamilton says:

    I actually won a Lyle Overbay autographed ball from the Pirates. It was delivered to my house three days after he was released. True story.

  201. buffalo_bob says:

    you heard about the three legged dog that walks into a bar and says, “I’m lookin’ for the man who shot my paw!

  202. I will repeat here what I reported 2 weeks ago——when I was in Pirate City, where you can stand 8 feet behind catcher while pitchers get their work——no pitcher’s ball had as much movement, sharp and quick and decisive, as Jonathan Sanchez. And the catcher would put his mitt anywhere, and Sanchez, even with movement, would almost always hit it. With pop!!

    I said at the time that he obviously was having trouble translating that control and movement with a live batter in the box . . . . . his last two times out he has had that Pirate City control and movement in real games.

    He could go BOOM like Erik Bedard——but I really like my good friend Neal Huntington’s signing of Jonathan Sanchez.

    Excuse me now while I close my eyes and try to walk through this mine field.

  203. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  204. I’ve also read that the Flames are looking for a first round pick, a top-tier prospect, and a second-tier prospect for Iginla. I’m a big fan of Iginla and have been a vocal supporter of Shero trying to bring him here, but that’s too high a price to pay for any rental that doesn’t come with a Stanley Cup guarantee. That being said, I expect Boston to pay that price… especially since they lost out on Brenden Morrow.

    I don’t think the Pens are necessarily done. Morrow and Murray are more fortifications to the lineup rather than true upgrades, providing additional depth and grit for a sustained cup run. I’m sure Shero would love to add one or two difference makers (one forward, one defense), but he may have to affect the current lineup more than he’s comfortable with just to make that happen.

    We’ll see. Shero is certainly loaded for bruin… pun intended.

  205. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Phillies have released Aaron Cook & there are Hurdle connections there. I saw him pitch about 10 days ago against the Pirates. He only allowed 1 hit in 3 innings. I thought he threw the ball pretty well – for Aaron Cook.

  206. Bizrow says:

    Well, they have to be scrambling starting pitching wise right now, unless they go with the lesser of two evils and keep Locke, who, and I know its only ST stats, had better stats than McPherson.

  207. Milo Hamilton says:

    Chris Young released also.

  208. Didn’t we try to get him a couple years ago or almost trade for him? Might be the right time now. McP could use a little more grooming in the Hoosier state.

  209. Milo Hamilton says:

    You know what’s funny Biz ? that same day that Cook pitched for the Phillies, McPherson pitched for the Pirates & was easily the most impressive guy I saw in my week down there. Apparently, that was the only good game he pitched.

  210. Jandy says:

    ::groan::
    lol

  211. NMR says:

    Hey hey hey!

  212. NMR says:

    Wow, nitpick much? :)

  213. TJ says:

    Lucky are you referring to Cook or Young?

  214. NMR says:

    And the biggest surprise out of all these moves may be that Jason Bay still HAS a job.

  215. Arriba Wilver says:

    Gaby has 78 and 85 RBI years, so that’s kind of a wash. I think that while he definitely doesn’t have the homerun potential of Garrett, he is a better full time player. He does better against lefties, but the splits aren’t as drastic as Garrett’s. and he’s a better defender. I hope they keep them both, but if push comes to shove, I’d go with Gaby.

    Oh, and I took your eyes on observation of the other Sanchez to heart, and am a lot more optimistic about him, especially in light of his last couple starts. Of course, he’ll probably crash and burn today. :-)

  216. Jandy says:

    Shero certainly upped the ante for the Bruins. I like that.
    I’m not so sure the Pens need “true” upgrades. I like what Shero brought in. Maybe a good fourth line player would be sufficient.
    Shero is making moves that fortify our weak spots. He’s not done yet.
    I can’t wait to see what the next move is.

  217. kr70 says:

    May have a winner here

  218. TJ says:

    Red Sox going all out to keep the fans coming. Dropping the price of beer from $8.50 to $5, hot dogs are buy one get one and kids eat for free.

  219. Jandy says:

    ::whistling::

  220. CWalton_67 says:

    Penguins TV ratings are insane. So glad to see a great fan response to this great organization. I remember days in the early 80′s yelling at friends across a near empty Civic Arena. The legend of Mario Lemieux continues.

    Hockey Tahn.

  221. kr70 says:

    Is anyone working today???? Is this a record for the blog?

  222. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Mets 2 highest paid outfielders this year are Jason Bay & Bobby Bonilla. And the Wilpon’s think Bernie Madoff ripped them off.

  223. Bizrow says:

    Young was an overslot draft choice out of an Ivy League school by the PBC, cost the club 2 million or so, then Littlefield trades the guy for Matt Herges who gets cut in ST.

  224. TJ says:

    You guys missed some other great players for the Pirates:

    Drew Sutton reassigned
    Jason Jaramillo reassigned
    Brian Bixler reassigned
    Daniel Mccutchen reassigned

    One name I could see the Pirates exploring is Dice-K since he was released by the Indians. For some reason NH likes a taste of the Orient every so often.

  225. Bizrow says:

    Milo, I read McPherson had some nasty stuff in the early innings last night, then lost it.

    You never know, and its only ST.

    And as noted, maybe by you, there is a connection between Cook and Hurdle.

  226. TJ says:

    Heck I even missed Yamaico Navarro who was reassigned.

    Pirates might have more current and former players over the age of 25 in the minors than any other organization.

  227. Only takes a minute to type and read. :P

  228. Dom says:

    Certainly the greatest American hockey town.

  229. Arriba Wilver says:

    After all his b$t@hing in 1991 about his pay, is there anyone in the history of baseball who didn’t land in a softer place financially than Bobby Bonilla?

  230. TJ says:

    Doug Waddell the Pens scout was in Chicago to watch the Kings and Blackhawks last night; the Blackhawks coincidently take on the Flames tonight

  231. TJ says:

    Its even better if you have speak and spell

  232. Jandy says:

    BOOM!!!!

  233. I thought that was a toy. ;)

  234. TJ says:

    Milo; how do you win an autographed Lyle Overbay baseball? Was that like a boobie prize? You should autograph one and send it to him.

  235. TJ says:

    I’m a talking teddy bear; you think I know how to use a computer?

  236. Yeah, that was painful.

  237. Jandy says:

    ZING!

  238. TJ says:

    I believe closing your eyes and walking through a mine field is part of the SEALS training

  239. Jandy says:

    POTD

  240. Sorry, I lost it for a moment.

  241. Jandy says:

    Speak n spell…that was a toy, wasn’t it? sheesh I’m gettin old

  242. Naterosboro says:

    Some thoughts on the Pirates as we draw closer to OPENING DAY…

    * I guess I’m in the minority (from comments I’ve seen recently), but I’m not all that concerned with our 4th & 5th starter spots. I’m more concerned with AJ & James. And not that I’m concerned that they’ll be terrible, but can they repeat the success they saw last season? Can Burnett be the anchor again? Can James pitch as he did in last year’s 1st half, all season? These are the questions that I think are the biggest for our pitching staff, and what will have the biggest affect on our W/L record…not how Locke & McPherson throw.

    * Looks like Jonathon Sanchez is the #4 (or #5, however you want to look at it) to start the season. Just try and keep the walks to a minimum, that’s all I ask. Maybe he can have an AJ-esque “bounce back” season for us, but I’m not holding my breath on that 1. He just needs to pitch well enough to keep us in ball games for the 1st month or two. By then, Karstens, Liriano, Morton, and maybe Gerritt Cole will all be ready to get into the rotation.

    * I think it serves this team better if Jose Tabata can win the starting RF job. And it strictly from the stand point that he can lead off. If there’s 1 area that GM Huntington can be criticized, it’s the failure to secure a lead off hitter for this season. Hoping that Tabata can do it, or that Marte can do it really isn’t the best plan.

    * Also looks now as if Brandon Inge has made the team. I guess he goes into the “veteran leadership” category, as well as the “good clubhouse guy”. I look at our bench guys, in the same way I look at the 4th & 5th starter spots. They just need to be OK. The team isn’t going to live and die by these players, and if they are, then that means the guys we were counting on (our starters) didn’t get it done, and then that becomes the real issue.

    * I think all of the teams in the NL Central have major question marks with their pitching staffs heading into this season. The Cubs have Jeff Samardzja penciled in as their #1 which is an unproven (he’s pitched in the majors for sometime now, but does he have the stuff to be a #1?) We’ll see if Wainwright can stay healthy in St. Louis. Past Yovanni Gallardo in Milwaukee there’s question marks. In Cincinnati, Cueto is solid and Latos pitched well last season, but what will Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey do? Will Chapman have any adverse effects to being moved back to the bullpen? So while we have a few issues of our own to deal with, I also don’t think it’s sunshine & lollipops around the rest of the division.

    * This team needs to win at least 82 games this season, and Andrew McCutchen has to be the horse for just about all 162. This team goes as he goes. We’ve seen it in the past that he’s the catalyst for this group’s play.

    * Prediction: I’m still sticking with my 86-76. If they do that, it probably still wouldn’t be good enough to get 1 of the 2 wild cards, so don’t think playoffs are in the stars for this season.

    * Slogan: I’m going with…”2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. It NEEDS to happen.” Sometimes a sense of urgency can spurn greatness. Let’s hope so….

    ENJOY YOUR DAY EVERYONE! SUNSHINE & LOLLIPOPS!

  243. JRay3 says:

    I come back from vacation to find Jonathan Sanchez has made the rotation not as the 5th starter but as the Pirates 4th starter?

    Karstens hurt again (I will give NH credit on this one as he stated publicly Jeff’s body not holding up), our AAAA pitchers seem incapable of stepping up when given the opportunity, Morton and Liriano signed knowing full well they would not be ready for a couple of months and our best pitcher was shipped to Indianapolis.

    Appears it is going to be a bumpy ride in April, I just hope this team can gut in out and are still playing meaningful baseball when I head out to Anaheim in late June to see them play a series.

  244. Arriba Wilver says:

    But he’s not still getting paid today. He got 2 years.

  245. I know. I was just being a smart aleck, if you can imagine that. :)

  246. Jandy says:

    You???? Never Spunky! :P

  247. AL says:

    You can talk about Shero’s trades all you want but nothing, nothing will ever top the one Craig Patrick made to get Ulf Samuelsson, Grant Jennings and Ron Francis. Not only did they win the cup with them but these guys actually stayed around for a few years…..not just one and done!

  248. Bizrow says:

    + 1, and while also carrying a telephone pole

  249. Dom says:

    How can you hold tight at 86 wins if Sanchez is #4 and #5 is MIA?

  250. Drew71 says:

    I’ve always thought that winning organizations make younger guys EARN a chance…force their way onto the 25 man, force their way onto the starting lineup.

    Rather than give them a chance, make em earn it.

  251. Jandy says:

    From the Pens’ site:
    Morrow WILL play tonight. Fleury will start in goal.
    All else is game time decision.

  252. Jandy says:

    Smart little girl:
    When Brenden Morrow had to decide whether or not to waive his no trade clause and come to Pittsburgh, he got some good advice from his 8-year-old daughter Bryelle…

    “I had an early flight this morning and got up and gave a kiss to my 8-year-old and said I was taking off,” Morrow said. “She handled it pretty well. We had the talk the night before. I got a text when I landed in Atlanta from my wife. She said, ‘Bryelle came into the room two minutes after you left and saw me crying. And she said, ‘Mom, it’s going to be OK. It’s only a couple months and he’s got a chance to win a Cup.’”

  253. I agree with you, the Pens don’t necessarily “need” upgrades…

    But, Shero seems determined to end this string of playoff disappointments. Coupled with the fact that the Pens have the cap space to take on additional salary and an enviable amount of assets to move means Shero is in a position to go big, should he desire.

  254. Drew71 says:

    I see Sanchez as the first baseman THIS year. And Jones as the right fielder.

    But what do EYE know? I haven’t fielded teams as successfully as the Pirates have.

  255. Drew71 says:

    That’s just for inside the clubhouse.

  256. I hate to crush a little girl’s hopes, but I have a feeling that Morrow is going to stick around. I really think he’s going to have an impact: on the ice, in the locker room, and in the hearts of the fans. Morrow-Sutter-Cooke could become the best third line in hockey next season…

  257. JohninOshkosh says:

    273 posts by 11:30 CDT.

    Pens must be doing good and the baseball season must be approaching.

  258. SJB says:

    Never know, if Morrow is a good fit and the Pens win the cup – or even if they don’t – the family may be moving to Pittsburgh to join him.

    Regardless; if he winds up playing for at least a couple more years, they’ll probably have to relocate anyway, since I highly doubt he’ll be rejoining the Stars.

  259. Jandy says:

    that’s a good option, move to DaBurgh…and join the best sports team around :)

  260. Naterosboro says:

    Well, I think we can give Hurdle credit for plucking Grilli from AAA Lehigh Valley.

  261. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    MAJOR ANNOUCEMENT regarding “The Window” for the 2013 season. Hopefully on the radio today. That is if DK takes my call…

  262. JaxBuc says:

    THAT is so funny, I can’t concentrate on my work.

  263. TJ says:

    “The window”? Is that a new TV series on NBC?

  264. TJ says:

    Craig Patrick didn’t have to deal with a salary cap and had an owner that made them bankrupt.

    I’d say Shero and Mario are doing just fine considering the different circumstances.

    But yes the Francis and Ulf deal was one of the best; the one to get Tocchet wasn’t bad either.

  265. JohninOshkosh says:

    Weren’t your around here last year, Seth.

    “The Window” is playoffs alter-ego. He ran a highly addictive and popular over/under last year for Pirates game.

    Hopefully, the announcement is that he will be doing it again this year and not announcing that he is taking his talents to South Beach.

  266. TJ says:

    You don’t just move to DaBurgh. You become part of DaBurgh. Just ask Bill Guerin

  267. JAL says:

    Sanchez gets a one-year deal worth $1,375,000, and Inge a deal for $1.25 million. The pair must be put on the 40-man roster by Sunday.–From AP

  268. Bizrow says:

    This new format on the site will help Playoffs immensely.

    We can help too by not giving him any hassles

    It was a lot of fun and greatly appreciated.

  269. Jandy says:

    Amen!

  270. Jandy says:

    Teddy Bear, if you’re a wagering man, you’ll love “the Window”

  271. Naterosboro says:

    That’s the prediction I made earlier this spring training, so I’m just going to stay with it.

    Easy Peasy Japaneasy.

  272. John Lease says:

    Bixler? I’d love to know what on earth that guy has that keeps him employed.

    I’d take Sutton over Inge…

  273. SJB says:

    I remember once as a teen, one morning after a party with my friends the night before, getting kinda lost in the Wilkinsburg area. We stopped to ask a responsible looking young man ;) where exactly we were, and he just said: “Yo man, you in DaBuuurgh!” We just laughed and drove away…Still not sure if he meant DaBurgh as in Pittsburgh, or DaBurg as Wilkinsburg.

  274. John Lease says:

    That is flushing $1.25 million down the toilet.

  275. kr70 says:

    Nice recap, hope you’re right

  276. tdb1977 says:

    DK. Take his call! I want to finish in last place, where I was heading last year before the window was closed.

  277. Naterosboro says:

    In case some of you guys have a few minutes….

    I found this story this morning on my favorite news site, and it shows that sportsmanship is still alive and well in the USofA.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299364/High-school-girls-basketball-players-poured-cup-urine-rival-teams-water-cooler-game.html

  278. kr70 says:

    With all the big a$$es we have in the front office you need a bunch of TP

  279. Jandy says:

    SJB, DaBurgh is Pittsburgh, it’s a “Burgh” thang ;)

  280. Jandy says:

    Wow, just wow

  281. SJB says:

    Yup, but it’s still a lot cheaper than $216 million. Badoomp-Tch!

  282. SJB says:

    I know, that’s why we were laughing. We were just thinking he was all about Wilkinsburg…just hoping he could be a little more specific is all. Too bad we weren’t in Wilmerding. “Yo man, you in DaDing!”

  283. SJB says:

    I know, right? You’d think that kinda immaturity would show itself only at Pens/Flyers games. “Hey Briere, your water taste funny?”

  284. Jandy says:

    I don’t even think the guys are that disgusting.

  285. SJB says:

    Don’t know about that. I’ve heard of players doing unspeakable things inside another players skate.

  286. Kevin says:

    Ha! Well, high for Kennedy. Definitely a high point for him this season.

  287. buffalo_bob says:

    keep his mouth filled with spoons!

  288. Jandy says:

    Yeah but that’s not DRINKING it! :/

  289. buffalo_bob says:

    Don’t forget Rod Barajas…let go by Phoenix

  290. Dom says:

    Hey, it’s better to flush it down the toilet than to pour it into an opposing team’s water cooler.

  291. Dom says:

    I don’t think 1.25 million for Inge is that bad. He has decent numbers for a bench player.

  292. Kevin says:

    I laughed (out loud)… my coworkers gave me a funny look. :D

    not wanting to jinx anything but I wonder what a team with Morrow AND Iginla would look like. Is it as simple as Dupuis getting bumped to the 3rd line? And who’s out… bennett, glass, kennedy?

  293. Jandy says:

    another one bites the dust

  294. Patrick says:

    I think thats more rumor by Calgary so they can still keep other teams interested in Iginla. The more people they have at the table the better the package they can get in return. I sincerly doubt Shero would go after TWO high price veterans that are both rentals.

    He would almost HAVE to give up despres or bennett to get Iginal. He’s already going to have tough choices about roster moves when Letang and Geno come back. I suppose he could send both back down, or try and expose Bortuzzo or Glass to waivers.

    But it is nice to think about:

    Kunitz/Crosby/Iginla
    Neal/Malkin/Morrow
    Cooke/Sutter/Dupuis

    Damn thats nice.

  295. Patrick says:

    This is one of the deepest WR draft pools in recent years. If he goes, no worries.

  296. Dom says:

    Rod Barajas has been cut.

  297. An overflowing horn-of-plenty options of comments available.

  298. Pat4PGH says:

    There have been a series, no not that series, of players Neal brings in that only cost us $1 or so here and there and all of them have been basically wasted money. Would rather save all the “change” and get some real bench players…

    Fire Neal Huntington! Had to get it out of my system.

 
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