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Thursday Wakeup Call: One down, three to go? Or 15?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column pays homage to one seriously determined group of individuals … but also reminds that it was just one game. Many, many laps of the rink left.

Full news coverage by Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe, Jerry DiPaola and Kevin Gorman is on our Penguins page. Nothing compares, of course, to the print product, which has SIX full pages of material, including my selections for three stars, a feature we’ll have all through the postseason.

We’ve also got this video of reaction from goal-scorers Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis

If you still haven’t had enough, the weekly chat will be right here on the blog at noon.

>> The Pirates won in Milwaukee. That happened. That’s 8-46 since 2007.

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.


  1. JD says:

    Great day for Pittsburgh sports!

  2. Mizery says:

    Two great games, and coming of age moments for Marte and Bennett. It was exciting to see.

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    * Penguins got immediate returns from the new players.
    – Murray owned the defensive zone, hammering bodies, and killing penalties
    – Eaton blocked 8 shots, solid defense as usual
    – Jokinen won 58% faceoffs and collected 2 assists
    – Morrow finishing checks all night with 5 hits
    – Iginla was blasting shots all over the ice, 2 assists,
    – Bennett gets first game, first shift, first shot, game winning goal… he’s going to be good
    – Glass with six hits, scored a goal, and active all game… that’s why Shero signed him.
    – Sutter played good D, hustled to loose puck to draw a penalty

    Isles 4th liner Matt Martin had game high 10 hits… he earned his keep, not sure I could say the same of Tavares, Moulson, Boyes, Grabner, and a few others for New York.

  4. Konstantin says:

    What if someone told you a month ago that Jussi Jokinen and James Neal would both get hurt in a playoff game for the Penguins and, if of equal severity, the injury to Jokinen would almost certainly be more harmful to the team’s playoff success?

  5. TK39 says:


    Now that the chats take place on the blog, is there still a way to submit questions in advance? I’m at work when the chat goes live but would still ike to participate. In the past I could submit questions between 6 and 7 AM but it doesnt look like I can do that anymore.


    DK: As soon as the blog post is up, you can submit. I believe that’s been going up at around 8-9 a.m.

  6. Drew71 says:

    I have trouble seeing this opponent taking a game, or ANY Eastern Conference team taking more than one.

    I’ve been writing things like this since before last night’s beat down, so if I’m wrong I don’t get the excuse of having lost my mind in an emotional moment.

    I’ve thought this through BEFORE the playoffs started, so if I’m wrong, it’s not emotion; it’s stooopidity. Fine. That wouldn’t exactly be a stretch.

    The Western Conference has two or three teams that could give ANYbody some trouble, so hopefully they beat the teeth outta each other.

    But for the first 12 victories of this run, I’m not gonna worry.

    Gonna enjoy.

    – stooopid drooo

  7. JoeyBats says:

    Hoka Hey everyone. ;-)

    The correct answer is …1 down 15 to go!


  8. Drew71 says:

    Ok. I just read the column.

    Fine. The PLAYERS have to be smart enough.

    EYE don’t.

    Look up. Read my last post.

    Remember who and what I am.

    – sd

  9. Jandy says:

    You’re not stooped, Drew Dahling, you’re just confident that the Pens are gonna steamroll their way to the SC finals. :)

  10. Jandy says:

    Yes, indeed, what a great day for Pittsburgh sports yesterday.
    Bucs won in Milwaukee!
    Pens steamrolled the Isles.


  11. Jandy says:

    Let’s hope Jokinen and Neal aren’t seriously injured.

  12. Vette60 says:

    Hi All.

    Great game last night – tough seeing Neal go down and Jussi too. Hopefully, they can come back without missing too much action.

    Really liked how they Pens looked and played an overall solid game as many have noted. Murray is a awesome addition to the group as the forward additions as well. Guess that Shero guy kinda knows what he is doing. Fantastic to see Iggy firing that howitzer of a shot and Morrow banging out there.

    Was really happy as well to see Bennett in the line-up and it paid off with him netting the game winner.

    Looking forward to Friday – I am pretty pumped – we’ll be back in PGH for my cousin’s wedding on Saturday and at another cousin’s house for a get together Friday night- the game will certainly be front and center!

    I believe JoeyBats is spot on – 1 down, 15 to go!

    Let’s go PENS!

    Take care all,
    Randy in RVA.

  13. JAL says:

    JAL’s Happy People Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: The Road to Contending Goes Through Milwaukee

    Prospect Watch: Wood and Cunningham Homer, Navarro and Rodriguez Go Six

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates win in Milwaukee, proving nothing is inevitable


    Game 28: Pirates 6 Brewers 4

    8 The Green Weenie

    Big Eighth Gives Bucs 6-4 Win At Milwaukee

    9 Rumbunter

    Clint Hurdle Doesn’t Mince Words About James McDonald

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 6 Brewers 4

  14. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Yahoo Sports

    Do Pittsburgh Pirates Have a Legitimate Beef that Milwaukee Brewers Are Stealing Signs?

    12 Rant Sports

    What Should the Pittsburgh Pirates Do With James McDonald?

    13The Setonian

    Former pitcher continues professional career as closer in Pittsburgh

    14 KDKA

    Darryl Hamilton: “Stealing Signs Is Part Of The Game”
    15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Eighth-inning Axford collapse gives Pirates win over Brewers

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates rally late, snap nine-game skid against Brewers

    17 Sweetspot

    Brewers need to acquire a reliever

    18 PBC Site

    Red-hot Marte’s clutch HR helps Bucs salvage finale

    Notebook: Tabata leaves game with left leg injury


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Six Who Clicked

    20 Fangraphs

    The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

  15. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Former Steelers WR Hines Ward speaks to BTSC about triathlons, the Steelers draft and college football

    Training camp positional battles: Steelers need a backup center.

    22 Steelers Depot

    - WR Emmanuel Sanders Says Steelers Expecting 70 Catches,1,000 Yards From Him In 2013

    Soccer(football) Will T

    23 Daily Telegraph

    Newcastle United bans Telegraph from attending matches following dressing room ‘split’ revelations

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 1st May, 2013


    25 Pensburgh

    Game 1 a success: Pens score early, often to beat Islanders

    26 NY Daily News

    Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Everyone wants to be 2012 LA Kings, but who will be NHL champion?

    27 San Jose Mercury News

    NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins blank New York Islanders without Sidney Crosby

  16. JAL says:

    Happy People The Temptations 1974

  17. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy, please tell Brandie your Hippo was here! :)

  18. theplanisworking says:

    As I am a student of history…………….

    in 1993, the Pens steamrolled the Devils 4-1 in the 1st round, and steamrolled the Islanders in Game 1 of that series. I do NOT want to see a repeat of that!

  19. Thundercrack says:

    I know it is a college paper, by I think the editor should have corrected this headline (link 13)

    “Former pitcher continues professional career as closer in Pittsburgh”

  20. Jandy says:

    shhhh! no jinxes!

  21. theplanisworking says:

    The Pens showed true character last night.
    All week , all we heard was how this team had to just show up and they would win.
    Hard hitting, smowthering D, Tavares was uber-frustrated, balanced scoring, Fleury looked great.

    I think Iginla, Morrow, et. al. will make sure this team remains grounded.

    16 more to go!

  22. theplanisworking says:

    Um, 15.

    I told everyone Hippos couldnt count…………. :(

  23. MadTurk says:

    Beau knows hockey!

  24. Jandy says:

    Wow did he ever look good last night….comfortable….not nervous at all.

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Bye Miss Jandy.

    Off to do many things.

    Slow sports day, so you have 2 days to wish good vibes on the Pens and Pirates. :)

  26. Jandy says:

    Have a good one, my Hippo friend :)

  27. MadTurk says:

    Yes even his play away from the puck was good. Sure will make it hard to put Kennedy back in the game.
    I know Kennedy has not played all that well this year but he does contribute in the corners and has speed. He in a very slight way reminds me of Joey Mullen. Size, speed and tenacity only.

  28. Jandy says:

    you corrected yourself, good job :)

  29. Jandy says:

    Beau Bennett does all that as well…and does it just as well if not better IMHO

  30. gregenstein says:

    So, if Crosby’s healthy tomorrow, who sits? Let’s also assume Neal and Jokinen are healthy and will play. Go!


  31. Jandy says:

    I will!!!

  32. Jandy says:

    Nice problem to have, eh?

  33. Jandy says:

    Yeah, TC, that makes no sense whatsoever…

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    Nice game article by Sawchik. As others have said, he shows promise.

  35. radio wave says:

    Plus 1

  36. SeanAY says:

    I’ll try to field this one.

    If the CoverItLive template is the same as the one I’m familiar with, you just submit the question in the chat window whenever you want. The Q’s should appear in a queue for DK to moderate. He then chooses which questions to publish.

    So, yes, you can submit early.

  37. MadTurk says:

    Oh I agree I like Bennett way more and he should be on Crosby’s or Malkin’s line next year. I just did not want to discount what Kennedy has done for us and what he can do if needed no matter how others may view him. By no means I think he is better or shuld play over Bennett

  38. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Not to say “I told you so” to Disco about sitting Peanut Kennedy in favor of Beau Bennett (since I’ve been preaching that endlessly for several months). Ah, might as well. I told you so, Disco!

  39. NMR says:


  40. Pucknutz says:

    15 to go – I think I like that.

    GO PENS!

  41. dwf says:

    I think Disco Dan is starting to finally realize that he is not as intelligent as he thinks he is and is finally starting to listen to his assistants, players, and yes, maybe even you Brad? :)

  42. Dom says:

    Fleury got his sixth playoff shutout yesterday, which is now tied for the most in franchise history.

  43. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    My thoughts from last night’s game…

    1. BB. Good choice.

    2. Fleury played well, but let’s be honest- he wasn’t really tested last night. I’m OK with that. Long as he doesn’t get bombarded/shelled/lambasted or what-have-you because of poor D like last year he’ll be fine.

    3. These trade acquisitions give even more goosebumps and warm, fuzzy feelings than the Hossa trade IMO.

    4. Isles aren’t going far this year. Not just because of this game. Because they’re eerily similar to the 06-07 Pens. Next year may be a very different story.

    5. Sid who? (just kidding) Let him heal this round and get ready for Ottawa.

  44. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    lol that’s what I’ll tell myself. I’d rather it be he just took a huge dose of common sense, though. I think that will get us further in the playoffs than my inexplicable ire for TK.

  45. CWalton_67 says:


    Go Pens.


  46. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Though if he did listen to me I need to figure out how I did that so I can get my kids to listen once in a while.

  47. Pucknutz says:

    Agree w/ya Turk – specialy like the Mullen reference.
    Mullen was one of my favorites back in the day.

  48. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Does anyone know how to place a legal, legit bet on the Derby? Can it be done through their website?

    I just wanna bet 5 bucks on an expected loser and hope for a miracle.

  49. Jandy says:

    That’s your man, Dom :)

  50. Jandy says:

    WWBMD….love it!

  51. Arriba Wilver says:

    Naje and OshKosh are the experts, I think.

  52. dwf says:

    Before everyone is ready to line up for the victory parade, there are still several more games to be played in this series. The Islanders are only going to make the remaining games more difficult. They are a very good coached team and if nothing else, will try to inflict as much damage as possible ie, the Neal slashing and the Reasoner kneeing.

  53. Brandie says:

    Song from the year of my birth.

  54. Pucknutz says:

    Ok, you gonna have translate that one for this old fart. :)

  55. Iceman says:

    I honestly have no clue how to answer this question. I guess it either has to be Glass or Bennett, but they both played great games last night. I hate to “punish” either of them by sending them to the press box, but it is going to have to be one or the other.

    I hate that I am saying this, but I think Glass stays in and BB gets sat. Players like Glass who hit hard and often are priceless in wearing down opponents in long playoff series and he has been playing much better in the last few weeks. He is playing well on the PK as well. I absolutely hate sitting Beau, but it might be the best option at this point.

  56. dwf says:


    The power of suggestion is a powerful tool!

  57. CWalton_67 says:

    Credit to DK, Jandy. He tweeted it a while back. I’m just jumping on the bandwagon.

    I believe Morrow will be the player that makes the difference this year. He’s the guy the Pens have needed for the past three years.

    I bet it would be a blast to go bar hopping around the South Side with him, and that Excuses would be his favorite place.

  58. CWalton_67 says:


    What Would Brenden Morrow Do?

  59. Iceman says:

    Man was that game last night fun to watch. The team looked and played like they should on paper. A couple thoughts:

    – Murray is going to annihilate someone before this series is over. He is a scary man out there.
    – Beau looked great, not only on the goal, but he was backchecking well and really seeing the ice. He is playing well beyond his experience.
    – Along those lines, good for DB to allow his eyes to see what Bennett has done these past couple weeks and play him over TK. This goes against the norm for hockey culture (to bench a playoff tested vet for a rookie) but it truly paid off.
    – Malkin may not of scored, but he looked on a mission and played smart. He avoided taking a bunch of stupid penalties and bad turnovers in the neutral zone.
    – MAF with the huge shut-out. The new dad has to be on Cloud 9 right now.
    – Morrow is in Tavares’s head. Seemed to light him up each time Tavares touched the puck. Could be a long series for the youngin.

    1 down, 15 to go. I LOVE PLAYOFF HOCKEY!!!

  60. Iceman says:

    Agree on the trade acquisitions. When they show any of them sitting on the bench, you see a drive and fire that is scary.

  61. Thundercrack says:

    Very interesting things that Clint said about JMac after his last start.

    If they cut JMac that shows me that Clint has a lot of power & influence on the roster and that everyone is serious about winning this year.

    If Locke has another, even decent start he has to stay in the rotation. And I can see their reluctance to just DFA JMac and risk losing him.

    Would they consider moving him to the bullpen…but I am not sure who they would send down.

  62. Brandie says:

    Hi Jandy,
    Great day for Pittsburgh sports. It was uplifting for me to see success on both ends. Great to see Plan/Hippo up and around.

  63. Brandie says:

    Good luck Plan Man.

  64. Iceman says:

    TK has been great for the Pens at time and I respect and appreciate that, however, Bennett is doing many of those things TK used to do, but is doing them better and with much better vision.

  65. Vette60 says:


    On board with you 100 percent, especially comment 3.

    I really, really, really like the play of Jussi, Morrow, Iggy and Crankshaft. These guys are bit older than Hossa when he was here and really Cup hungry.

    We’ll have to watch that Crankshaft doesn’t try to eat the Cup when the Pens raise it!

    One game does not end a series, but I think this team really gets it and am looking forward to a long run.

    Let’s go PENS! 15!

    Randy in RVA

  66. tomp says:

    Either go to tvg, or there is also a place called greyhound, where you can either bet over the phone with an operator, or self service on their website. It is pretty good.

    I would suggest if you go with, you open the account ASAP, and not wait until saturday, like the other millions seem to do every year.

    And yes, i know it’s called greyhound, but you can bet any and every horse race and track you wish, besides every dog track in this country, and Ireland.

  67. tomp says:

    If you only want to bet $ 5 bucks , or something small, just go to the meadows, or another OTB in the area.

    Derby betting is allowed on friday.

  68. Brandie says:

    I don’t know what to do with him either. You just can’t coast on talent and not put the work behind it. Hurdle can’t send JMAC out there every 5 days and get little to no to half-a#*end effort each time. It’s not fair to those who are out hustling everyday. Maybe the pen is the best option so as not to be throwing money away.

  69. MadTurk says:

    No argument with that statement

  70. JohnS says:

    I wonder if he has the stones to keepo 44 out once healthy. It would be the right call.

  71. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Kentucky Derby site promotes Twin Spires as its “official site.” If you want to bet at that site-you have to fund an account which, I recall, requires minimum $250.

    In Wisconsin some of the Indian casinos have OTB. You can bet on Friday, I believe. Otherwise, any track near you will allow it. At those venues you can make the minimum $2 wagers. Not sure if you can bet that small amount anywhere online.

  72. JohninOshkosh says:

    And as I was typing and dealing with other matters, I see Tom has given you some other options.

  73. NMR says:

    As good as the pen has been, I doubt we’ll miss Mazarro, Gomez, or Hughes.

    Not sure what benefit Jmac gets in the pen unless he’s there only for emergencies and continues working out his issues as a starter through side work.

  74. NMR says:

    Boy, I gotta disagree with this one.

    Never once seen Jmac half-*ss anything.

  75. 21sthebest says:

    I’m inclined to just DFA him. Maybe another start but I’m not sure what the point is. Not only has he obviously been awful, but being what I think is high maintenance because he’s such a head case, IMO, puts him in the category with the likes of Snell and Cedeno and I’ve always felt that dealing with those type of players can detract from what you’re trying to accomplish. Not that they’re necessarily problems in the clubhouse but I don’t think a manager should have to spend time playing Oprah with players like that.

  76. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Thanks all! I recently had a good streak on lottery tickets where I started with 4 bucks and was able to play 5 more times just on winnings! However, never garnered more than $10 total and in the end still ended up losing $4. But it was fun while it lasted. Hoping I can translate that incredible success to the Derby.

    The Derby always reminds me of the Married With Children episode where Al wants to bet on Dr. Footwear (or whatever the horse’s name was).

  77. dwf says:


    Couldn’t agree with you more! While his hit total is up this year, he hasn’t delivered anything more than “love taps” since 2009! IMO he does not deserve to be in the lineup. I would rather see Despres play than Orpik. I know it would be highly unlikely, but I hope the Pens DO NOT re-sign him! I feel the same way about the play of Orpik as Brad form Indiana does about TK’s play! :)

  78. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    $250?!?! With that kind of money I could buy…well… not a whole lot, really lol. Thanks, John. I’ll likely go for the local venue.

    The only situation/animal I’d confidently bet that much on is my dog sleeping 10 hours a day.

  79. Brandie says:

    I mean if he is injured or if he is not all in during his starts, then that is definite cause for concern. Half-a#$ was a poor choice of words.

  80. Thundercrack says:

    Maybe a trip to the pen is what he needs. No sitting around for 4 days thinking (or not thinking about) your next start.

    And if a starter happens to get injured down the road…..

  81. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Can JMac not be sent down to AAA? I claim nearly total ignorance on the whole DFA, option call-up, 40, 25 man stuff. I know DFA means he’s pretty much gone with small-print stipulations on how those events can play out.

  82. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    “I don’t always sit Tyler Kennedy. But when I do, I make Brad happy.”

  83. 21sthebest says:

    I hadn’t seen this yet.

  84. JohninOshkosh says:

    Just to clarify. I believe you set up the account with $250 in it and then you are free to make $2 bets, etc. that is pulled from that account. You can then bet on almost every track in North America. I’m not sure how long the account stays open.

    But, lol, it is a lot for a “start up.” I would go somewhere local as well.

  85. Jandy says:

    I remember, but you posted it, Walton :)
    I was wishing they had made bracelets with WWBMD and sold them. I’d have bought a few.
    My daughter lives in the Burgh, and she’d join him bar hopping lol.

  86. Jandy says:

    Puckers, you mean you missed that when DK tweeted it? ;)

  87. Jandy says:

    I could buy A LOT with $250! LOL

  88. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1. No indication it is a lack of effort or hustle. If anything, just the opposite, he may be “trying too hard.”

  89. 21sthebest says:

    He has no options left. If they DFA him I believe they have 10 days to work out a trade. If no trade and he clears waives, he’s sent to the minorss or they could just release him. With less than 5 years of service, JMac cannot refuse the minor league assignment and become a free agent.

    I think I have all that right.

  90. dwf says:


  91. Thundercrack says:

    At times this year he’s been a much better pinch hitter & pinch runner than pitcher.

  92. Jandy says:

    I do believe Bennett was playing with Sid out, especially to be on the second PP. TK doesn’t do PP very well.
    I’m happy he was playing, but I’m thinking it’s the MAIN reason, if not the ONLY reason.

  93. 21sthebest says:

    I’m not opposed to a trip to the pen but with a short leash.

  94. Jandy says:

    Hippo told me to let you know he was around this morning, Brandie, but I see you’ve already found that out :)

  95. Jandy says:

    woah…big one coming up soon, eh?

  96. Naterosboro says:


  97. Jandy says:

    Yes, I worry about our Hippo friend.
    As fun as yesterday was, today there is no game and that is like a “downer” for me lol

  98. Brandie says:

    39…1 step closer to 40.

  99. Brandie says:

    Then maybe he needs to reinvent himself, ala R. A. Dickey?

  100. JHadar says:

    JAL’s link #11 — Are the Brewer’s stealing signs?

    Is stealing signs cheating? Depends on your view of baseball’s unwritten rules, I suppose.

  101. NMR says:

    Pretty sure you nailed it.

    What I don’t know is whether or not the claiming team would be forced to keep him on the 25-man roster or else risk losing him to the same process?

  102. Right. You call 40 big. A lassy in her 50’s?


  103. NMR says:

    Unless Jmac finds that missing fastball velocity and slider movement or drastically improves command, I think there is a very likely chance that he’s simply not one of the best 5 or 6 starting pitchers in this organization by June, without even considering the mental issues.

  104. Naterosboro says:

    This one’s for Jandy…just saw this tweet from Darren Rovell. Why would anyone fake that signature?


    Fake Mother Teresa signed baseball found in FBI’s Operation Bullpen (Sports Collectors Digest)

  105. NMR says:

    The way I understand this kind of thing is that as long as it is done within the field of play/dugout by coaches or players it is legal.

    But you can’t put a guy with a zoom lense and radio in CF.

    With that being said, Russell Martin acted exactly as he should have. That could’ve been the first situation where Jonathan Sanchez would’ve helped the team this year.

  106. Naterosboro says:

    I’d say it’s absolutely not cheating.

    If you can steal them, and figure out what the other team is doing, then good on you. There’s still the matter of execution involved. Even if you know the other team is stealing, you have to throw the runner out, etc.

    The only other thing to factor in here is the hatred for Milwaukee. So while any other team, including the Pirates, can steal signs, if done in Milwaukee however, it IS cheating. B/c Milwaukee are a bunch of cheaters, playing in a cheaters ballpark led by a steroids cheater that got off b/c of a mailing error.

    Why couldn’t they send them back to the AL?

    I really cannot stand Milwaukee.

  107. JohnS says:

    I have felt that 44 has been sliding for a few years as well, and like Brad I have no love for 48. It was funny at one point last night, I heard Steigy lobying for his buddy TK in the next game.

  108. Brandie says:

    I worry about him too. Wading through my own stuff, so, right there with him. We both will rise again. Can’t count us out…we sneak up on you, like the Bucs.

  109. Thundercrack says:

    I think a player or coach is stealing them, then that is fine and part of the game.

    But I agree with NMR in that you can’t have somebody in the stands with a telescope and walkie-talkie.

  110. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Wow. Yeah I don’t feel so bad about not understanding all that. Kudos to you guys definitely. Might just be me, but this stuff seems incredibly complicated. Thanks for the breakdown.

    I just don’t see that they can really give him that many more chances at this point. Good start to the year for the team- would hate to hear headlines of JMac floundering as a major cause of another collapse.

  111. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    That’s because lots are cheap in Blair County. :-)

    I really can’t back that up.

  112. 21sthebest says:

    Just so bizarre that he was so good the first half of last year. Sometimes I wonder if he has a touch of what bit Steve Blass.

  113. Dom says:

    Stealing signs isn

  114. Jandy says:

    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  115. Jandy says:

    ROFL, I’m busted ;)

  116. dwf says:

    UNBELIEVABLE! Are these people watching the same game as the rest of us???

  117. Dom says:

    I meant to say, Stealing signs isn’t against the rulebook, is it?

  118. Jandy says:

    LOL you’re such a peckerhead, Brad.

  119. Brandie says:

    That would be unfortunate. How do you deal with that?

  120. Jandy says:

    shhh! I’m just bustin on Brandie…but I don’t think it’s workin, Spunky ;)

  121. Jandy says:

    Maybe down a bit…but not out…and yes, you two WILL be fine. Still sending out vibes and prayers for both of you :)

  122. Patrick says:

    I have to agree with NMR. I don’t think Jmac problem is half-assing it. I think he cares to much. He has CLASSIC problem of a pitcher that can’t forget about a bad pitch. He can’t get past a bad inning. Probably why he and AJ are such good friends. Both head cases that don’t handle the pressure very well when things aren’t going well.

  123. 21sthebest says:

    Not specifically but Sandy Alderson issued this several years ago:

    “Please be reminded that the use of electronic equipment during a game is restricted. No club shall use electronic equipment, including walkie-talkies and cellular telephones, to communicate to or with any on-field personnel, including those, in the dugout, bullpen, field and — during the game — the clubhouse.

    “Such equipment may not be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a club an advantage.

    “Monitors for videotape of batters/pitchers should be in the clubhouse or, if in the tunnel, well away from the dugout and view of players/coaches on the bench. No television camera replay should ever be turned toward the dugout.”

  124. Patrick says:

    I think its the same thing that plauged AJ Burnett for long stretches. To tense. To nervous..or something. just needs to relax and trust his pitches.

    But someone said the other day that his drop in velocity is a classic indicator of injury that leads to Tommy John.

    Does anyone know how much winter ball he played?

  125. Doesn’t work on these kids, J-girl.

  126. NMR says:

    Don’t forget that the slider was brand new in ’12. Looks like the league has adjusted to it. He also had about 3 mph more on his fastball compared to now. Might not seem like much, but thats a big difference for a guy who pitches more off stuff than comand.

  127. Patrick says:

    Its not “cheating” that will get you fined or suspended (not that they have to worry about suspensions for cheating in Milwaukee).

    But it is the type of “cheating” that will get you plunked with a fastball.

  128. NMR says:

    Jmac actually spent two years in the Dodgers organization as a position player before converting back to pitcher.

  129. Naterosboro says:

    Sporting thoughts today…

    * Suck it, Milwaukee.

    * I hesitate to praise anyone on my morning thoughts (as that only leads to poor play in the next game), but Starling Marte has been a huge lift for the Pirates. He’s hit 2 big home runs in Milwuakee (altho 1 was wasted), and his other homerun I believe either tied the game or gave the Pirates the lead. It should be fun watching him stay healthy.

    * Watching Rickie Weeks kick that ball almost to the wall in the 8th inning was pure gold.

    * Maybe it’s me, but I’m very superstitious (it’s the baseball player in me, especially the pitcher), and when I heard Tim Neverette’s pronouncement that Cutch was “back” after a 4 hit night Tuesday, well, I didn’t think it boded well for Wednesday. It didn’t. I’m not a Tim Neverette fan.

    * If only the Matt Diaz’s, Lyle Overbay’s & Eric Hinske’s could’ve performed like Brandon Inge. After much guffawing by fans, Inge has stepped in [and up] and delivered timely hits to win some ball games. Maybe this team is different? We shall see….

    * The Penguins got off to a flying start [oxyMORON alert!]

    * There was some twitter outrage as I believe either Bob Erry or Paul Steigerwald said Tyler Kennedy could be a replacement for James Neal. Let me clear this up for everyone…Tyler Kennedy is not a suitable replacement for James Neal.

    * It was really nice to see Beau Bennett get the 1st goal last night, and repaying the faith that HCDB had in him.

    * Pascal Doopwee is kryptonite to the Islanders. It doesn’t matter if Sidney can make it back this series or not. Keeping the Dooper healthy is priority numero uno against these Long Island inhabitants.

    * Expect the rest of the series to be tight. I don’t think we’ll see anymore 5-0 drubbings. The young, inexperienced Islanders got a lesson in what playoff hockey is all about. They’ll learn from it.

    * That said, I still expect Pens in 5 (maaaaaaaaaaybe 6).



  130. Brandie says:

    Ha ha ha. I still get carded, though.

  131. 21sthebest says:

    Could be a number of different types of injuries.

  132. Brandie says:

    He’s been all around the world, so to speak. I hope it all is not in his head…that would be such a waste.

  133. Patrick says:

    When I umpire I occasionally catch batters peeking down into the catchers lap as he does his signs. One guy i worked with told me he blatantly saw a guy on the outfield fence with binoculars holding up a finger(s) before every pitch. We really arent supposed to get involved in stuff liek that but after two innings he quietly mentioned something to the home teams manager. Im not sure how you miss something like that but…

  134. Naje says: or can get you an account… but if you’re only betting $5 on one horse, you might want to find a different source…i’ll be going to the track tomorrow (Friday, Kentucky Oaks Day… “Louisville’s day at the races”).

  135. 21sthebest says:

    Good question. I don’t think it has been figured out yet.

  136. Arriba Wilver says:


  137. Pucknutz says:

    I am not yet a twit nor do I play one on TV – so I neither see nor hear the twits tweeting. :)

  138. Arriba Wilver says:

    Agree 300%, NMR. Being technically “legal,” and letting it go on without any blowback are two different things. Martin’s a player.

  139. Pucknutz says:

    No offence intended to all the twits that do tweet – I am just an old fart that still don’t get it! :)

  140. JHadar says:

    So if they were using the scoreboard to relay stolen signals as LaRussa charged, they were cheating.

  141. Naterosboro says:

    Def forgot to clarify that you can’t go all Bobby Thompson and plant someone in CF with binoculars to relay signs.


    And being associated with Milwaukee.

  142. JRay3 says:

    Very cool, thanks for posting.

  143. Milo Hamilton says:

    Robert Morris coach Andy Toole has signed a 3 year contract extension thru 2018. This of course means he’ll be the Colonials coach next year.

  144. Jandy says:

    My oldest is 30 and SHE gets carded…and she complains LOL!
    I told her it’s a compliment.

  145. Jandy says:

    I don’t tweet either…but mention was made in here.
    I’m not a twit either ;)

  146. Jandy says:

    I fear it IS in his head. Watching him the other day, and seeing him in the dugout by himself. It’s sad.

  147. Jandy says:


  148. Jandy says:

    Good stuff here, and I second that TK IS NOT a suitable replacement for James Neal.

  149. Bizrow says:

    Even with his 3 mil in salary, some one would claim him.

    But if we have better pitching, thats the way you gotta play it

  150. Iceman says:

    TK would replace Neal on the roster, however, TK would play on the fourth line and Bennett would get placed in a top 6 role.

  151. Iceman says:

    Anyone else see the picture in Sawchik’s write up of Inge doing the Zoltan “Z”? That picture was absolutely priceless and had me laughing at the computer.

  152. Naterosboro says:

    Saved it to mine. It’ll be the avatar at some point, altho since I switched back to the BMTIB…MAOS one, the Buccos have been doing pretty good.


  153. Jandy says:

    ha! I had to go look, and yes, it’s hilarious! LOL

  154. Jandy says:

    DK just said on the chat that BB is practicing on a line with Malkin and Iginla :)

  155. Iceman says:

    Couple updates from Pens practice today:

    – Jokinen is on the ice and appears to be fine.
    – Neal is not skating with the rest of the team.
    – Crosby is practicing with everyone else and is looking like he might be able to play. Practice lines would support that.

    – Lines are:

    Dupuis – Crosby – Kunitz
    Iginla – Malkin – Bennett
    Cooke – Sutter – Morrow
    Glass – Jokinen – Adams

  156. MadTurk says:


  157. Jandy says:

    Thanks, Iceman. here’s hoping Jokinen IS good to go, and Nealer is a precaution.

  158. Jim S. says:

    I have not heard the severity of Jokinen’s injury. Last night, DK tweeted that it was encouraging that he was moving ok in the hallway to the locker room. That was a real cheap shot, IMO. If the Islanders wanted to show some backbone, there are ways to be tough and physical. That was cowardly. Throwing your leg out just puts another player needlessly at risk. He can say it was not on purpose, but it sure looked like it. If Cooke did that, Grissom and Co. would be on the case already!

  159. Jim S. says:

    I like your confidence. But, remember, in the early ’90’s an equally dominating Pens team let a game NYI team hang around, hang around, hang around … and eventually we got stung. I agree with you that this team seems so determined and prepared. But, they need to stay on guard … which I believe they will.

  160. Jim S. says:

    We all want Sid back. But, something is telling me he should sit for another week. These Islanders have already shown that getting their butts whipped brings out the worst thuggishness in them. It would be very easy for someone to raise an elbow and put Sid back to square 1 – which would mean out until next year. I’d sit him for Game 2, and If we win that one, he sits Game 3, etc. I definitely want to see him in the next series, though, in any event. That will be close to the supposed magic 6-wk mark.

  161. Sisyphus says:

    Sign stealing isn’t hard to deal with. Just put down the curve sign and have the pitcher throw a high, inside fastball. After one or two of those, nobody wants to know what’s coming any more.

  162. Naterosboro says:

    From our Buccos on twitter:

    “@wudeydo34 1m

    “@TheCUTCH22: Priceless…” dude is a trip!!”

  163. BillyBaduka says:

    There’s definitely sound logic behind that strategy. Why risk it Drew’s prediction is correct?

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