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Final: Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (26-18) vs. Chicago Cubs (18-25)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Matt Garza

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Rodriguez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is covering.

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. NMR says:

    Been waiting to post this all afternoon. A Pirate fans mind does not have to wander very far…

  2. TK says:

    Why are there two right fielders?

  3. NMR says:

    Tabby is starting in left.

  4. Dom says:

    Why is Jones’ nick name the legend?

  5. Thundercrack says:

    Welcome back Pirates!

  6. Arriba Wilver says:

    Because he started out on fire once he was called up, and he was older. A connection with ” The Natural. “

  7. TK says:

    It’s not the legend.

    It’s “The Legend”.

    He was a minor league free agent pickup when the team was really bad. Started hitting a lot of home runs.

    Couldn’t name him “The Natural”, so they nicknamed him “The Legend”.

  8. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’d curse you in French, but I don’t know French.

  9. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Tonight’s Line
    Total RUNNERS LEFT ON BASE by the Pirates in tonight’s game
    Line is 9.5

    Good Luck!!

  10. Patrick says:

    I was going to jump into the hockey string, till i saw this;

    Uncategorized comments (387)

    MMyyyaah…I’ll wait for the Pirates thread, thanks.

    Was in attendance for the disappointing loss to the Astros over the weekend. Shame another AJ start was essentially wasted. But at least I got a free bobblehead.

    Anyone got an over/under and Soriano’s combined errors and homeruns tonight? I’m thinking 2.5 is a good start…

  11. Patrick says:

    All the french I know is from Pepe’ LePew.

    So if TC was a cat the best I could do is sexually harass him….

  12. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thank you for that. All you have to do is change a couple names …

  13. Maudissez-vous

    I don’t know any language including English but:

    We need it on our desktop here.

  14. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m gonna go 100 on the UNDER. Thats a lot of LOB’S.

  15. Karen22 says:

    100 on the UNDER, merci!

  16. NMR says:

    Gaby Sanchez once again getting the start against a RHP he’s absolutely manhandled to the tune of 4 hits in 10 at-bats spread over the last three years.

    Just in case anyone has been keeping track at home, Sanchez is now hitting .175/.333/.300 over 54 PAs against righties on the season.

    Jose Tabata: .333/.418/.479 over 55 PAs
    Travis Snider: .283/.349/.404 over 109 PAs

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    54 at bats is too small a sample size. :)

  18. Dom says:

    100 on the under

  19. Lad9 says:

    100 on the under please Playoffs. Thank you. Go Buccos!

  20. theplanisworking says:

    I had French bread this morning, if that counts……..

  21. theplanisworking says:


  22. NMR says:

    Why I thought you’d never ask!

    For their careers against RHP…

    Sanchez .245/.315/.395 1275 PA
    Snider .254/.319/.420 966 PA
    Tabata .278/.339/.375 958 PA

  23. NMR says:

    Poor KC fans.

    I said before the year that the best thing NH could do is not trade away any assets before the next guy comes in.

    Dayton couldn’t even manage to succeed at doing that.

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    I didn’t really.

  25. JohninOshkosh says:


    The thought no Pirates fan dares think (and the fear of the front office):

    What if Cole and Taillon get here and suck ?

  26. Nate83 says:

    That was kind of a nice gotcha set up but unfortunately the pay off is Snider having stats just slightly better then Sanchez. Not exactly indefensible for Hurdle to start Sanchez.

  27. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window…great day for some baseball after a productive off day which saw the Cardinals lose and the Bucs pick up a half a game.

    As for today’s line…I’m going to have to side with the Pirates cashing in a bit on Garza’s first start back and plating some runs tonight.

    100 on the UNDER

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  28. Nate83 says:

    50 on the over. Does’t Garza struggle with control a little bit. I’m too lazy to look it up.

  29. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Excellent read. Thanks for sharing that.

  30. Joey Mellons says:

    100 on the under.

  31. NMR says:

    No gotcha involved, Nate. Milo had an excellent point.

    And before getting all defensive, I never questioned Hurdle. We both know where each other stands.

    All I’m doing is tracking the results. Aren’t you interested?

  32. Patrick says:

    Honest question: Does the platooning in RF/1b have much to do with keeping all players involved to determine who stays and who goes (if any) in July? I get the platooning, but usually its a rightie/leftie thing. Would it be a home/road more than rightie/leftie?

    So basically I don’t get Sanchez starting tonight either…

  33. TK says:

    100 on the UNDER please.

  34. NMR says:

    Platoon specifically refers to a batter facing a pitcher of the opposing hand.

    Seems fairly clear that Clint sees Gaby as more than a platoon player.

  35. Nate83 says:

    I don’t like Hurdle so maybe you don’t know where I stand.

  36. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  37. Bizrow says:

    100 on the Under, I will follow AW’s lead and wisdom on this one

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  39. cmat0829 says:

    100 UNDER, por favor

  40. Bizrow says:

    How bout we add Oklahoma City?

    Even though it seems we are adding too many places for things like that

  41. Brandie says:

    Thank you for the post. It is everything that I have felt as a Pirates fan for a long time. Then, to be so agonizingly close to relevance only to have it blown for 2 years in a row…This team does have a different feel to it though.

  42. Jason81 says:

    100 on the UNDER please!

  43. Jim S. says:

    It could happen. Then, we hope for Glasnow, and Heredia, and etc., I guess.

    I feel really good about Polanco to make for a ridiculous OF – maybe the best in the MLB in a long time.

  44. Brandie says:

    Dear Mr. Fantasy,

    Whoops…I meant Playoffs…May I please have 75 units on the under?

    Thank you!

  45. Brandie says:

    It’s now over 500.

  46. NMR says:

    I’m not tracking this to judge Hurdle. He’s far from the first to manage like this.

    I’m tracking to see if it is helping or hurting the Pirates.

  47. Brandie says:

    Please add…send prayers, vibes, love, anything…Town has a lot of healing to do.

  48. Frankie says:

    Give me 100 on the under…Thanks

  49. Jim S. says:

    Yes, I think Clint sees Gaby as more than just a 1/3 of the time starter and late inning replacement/PH. Righties don’t get as many starts in a platoon, and CH seems bent on getting Sanchez 300 ABs. If the hitting vs. righties does not improve, he would need to change his thought process. But, will he is the question?

  50. Ghost says:

    DK got accosted in French by a bum on the street today, if that counts.

  51. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIE !!!

  52. OZ says:

    100 on the under, thx

  53. Ghost says:

    Maybe add places like Oklahoma for a month at a time as honorary locales. Otherwise, we’ll be like folks holding onto a grudge over lost kin (“…Remember when they got our lads?… ) and the grudge being cited occurred back in 1826 or whatever.

  54. theplanisworking says:

    This is the second time Moore, OK has been hit by a massive tornado.
    Think it happened in 1999 also.

    Simply tragic.

    I think we add OKC on its own.
    I humbly add the Jersey Shore due to Sandy.

    I dont want to see Hippos Pond ever have any natural disasters!
    (But that really happened in 2011) ………. :(

  55. Brandie says:

    Hipposter!!!!! What’s going down?

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Just swimming around.
    Good to see you.

    I will be around, and be back on the thread here later. :)

  57. Naje says:

    They’re 26-18….is that working so far?

  58. Naje says:

    NMR and Nate83:
    A great pre-game interview today with Hurdle, re: matchups and several other things. Can’t post it here… maybe RB will have it up on this site.

  59. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Mr. Fantasy!
    That’s a good one. Mrs. Playoffs begs to differ.

  60. Bizrow says:

    Good idea, you all can help me remember to do so

  61. radio wave says:

    Playoffs: I will take 50 on the under for tonight’s line.

  62. Bizrow says:

    Added, I like it, some places should stay indefinitely though, IMO

    Like Newtown, that is something you will never forget, or want to leave your heart

  63. theplanisworking says:

    + a whole lot more than I can count……..

  64. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    100 on the under

  65. blazer says:

    I wish to place 100 on the under please!

  66. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs……….

    I would like the following……..

    100 Hairy, Hopeless, Humble, Heretic Hippos on the UNDER.

    (Notice the a,e,i,o,u). ;)


  67. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Isn’t Snider a little banged up? Maybe just giving him an extra day. Strange to see Gabby in the 7 hole though.

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Anyone want to see Iginla in the Bucs lineup tonight? ;)

  69. Brandie says:

    Yes. I would pay through the nose to see that, as long as he plays…wait for it…Right Field.

  70. Jason81 says:

    Only if Hurdle uses him properly. :D

  71. theplanisworking says:


    I am gonna burn for this thread, but since I am such a large Hippo, i will keep folks warm for a long time!

  72. Brandie says:

    You must have superior vision to see through the Internet to see me!

  73. Brandie says:

    We kid because we love…:-)

  74. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I was going the other way, thinking they won’t even get 9 hits/walks let alone be able to strand them.

  75. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, dont make me swim over there……

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Awwwww thanks Brandie.

    Maybe we can start an adopt-a-Hippo program?? ;)

  77. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    May 3rd, 1999.

    I was there. Not in Moore, but south of there where the tornado’s started. There were 3 that came together as one and destroyed Moore and surrounding towns.

  78. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Depends on what his average is against a RHP

  79. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Please add. I have many friends in the area, also in Kansas where tornados touched down the day before. Its tough, I hate tornados.

  80. theplanisworking says:

    And I dont know what his WAR is either………….. ;)

  81. Brandie says:

    Are you going to turn the Internet around if I don’t behave?

  82. theplanisworking says:

    Worse…… I will sit on your Internet…….. ;)

  83. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 50 Garzas on the UNDER?

  84. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And I remember that day like it was yesterday….My son, who is now 14, was in the bath tub with his mother with a mattress over them, dog running around trying to get him in the tub also…

    I was……in the back yard talking with a neighbor, watching the top of a tornado go around our base…..drinking a cold one, until the baseball size hail started dropping down. It was crazy.

  85. JaxBuc says:

    We’ve already got two guys listed in RF. Kind of like the Pens, eh?

  86. Bizrow says:

    My son and his family lived outside Orlando, Hurricanes were always a worry, now they live in Austin, TX

    Crap, most usually only snow to worry about in the Burgh…

    Another reason I will never leave here

  87. Bizrow says:

    Where does Sid want him to play?

    Kidding, Sid wants to win, plain and simple

  88. Arriba Wilver says:


  89. Bizrow says:

    If I could spell irreverent, which I think means just being silly, I would post it

  90. bman says:


    100 on the UNDER please

  91. Bizrow says:

    Its a good thing to just be silly at times ;-)

  92. Something to make us all happy.

  93. cherokee23 says:

    100 under

  94. Milo Hamilton says:

    Indianapolis lost to Pawtucket 9-8 today. Tony Sanchez made 3 errors giving him 8 for the season.

  95. Ready for the big show.

  96. theplanisworking says:

    any idea if they were throwing errors, passed balls……

    8 errors, that’s a lot for a month and a half.

    Did he have a lot of errors last year?

  97. Milo Hamilton says:

    One was an overthrow of 2nd on a steal attempt & the other two were errant pickoff throws. The good news is he was 2 for 2 and he’s hitting .310.

  98. John Lease says:

    Thank you for sharing that, I had to post it to Facebook.

  99. John Lease says:

    Because Greg Brown is a tremendously hacky, shouting cruddy broadcaster.

    See-The Fort, GI Jones, Marte Parte, etc.

  100. Arriba Wilver says:

    This may sound stupid (duh), but those kind of errors don’t worry me so much. If he’s being too aggressive, that can easily be fixed.

  101. theplanisworking says:


    At least he is showing agressiveness by the pickoff throws.
    More of that is needed in the organization.

  102. John Lease says:

    Wandy isn’t wasting any time in crapping the bed. Garza probably has never had a 2 rbi game in his life.

  103. theplanisworking says:

    I see a Sid-Cutch-Iginla OF. ;)

    Fire Byls…………. ;)

  104. Keith says:

    100 on the under, I guess, even though the game has started and I’m already a little sad.

  105. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh well, at least there’s hockey & basketball on.

  106. theplanisworking says:

    Double Yikes and Yoi!

  107. Brandie says:

    And Double Yoi! Kind of hard when you forget how to pitch. Hope he can recover.

  108. Officer Mancuso says:

    A relatively rare major early lapse by a 2013 Pirates starter not named Sanchez. That I can type that with a straight face tells you something about a medium-term change in this organization. That it comes against the Cubs is annoying. Plenty of time left for the Buc bats to answer in kind.

  109. theplanisworking says:

    Me also.

  110. Officer Mancuso says:

    You can and did. This is an omen. Of what, I know not, but I’m dusting off my resume just in case it’s of my firing!

  111. Let’s change the mojo here and state that Garza is pitching a NO-HITTER against the Bucs. If the baseball gods are listening and watching, they will correct this next inning. Go Bucs!

  112. Milo Hamilton says:

    Matt Garza has more RBI’s than the entire Pirates pitching staff, and he did it with one at bat.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    When they tally up the attendance, do they count the dogs ?

  114. Reading says:

    I wonder how dude’s 90 pitch limit will work out? Starting the trend from previous years where no hitters against the Pirates are lasting past the three inning point.

  115. theplanisworking says:


    I have 3 friends there tonight with their dogs.

    Pup night……….. does that mean they get free hot dogs?

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dancing with the Stars champion is crowned tonight.

  117. Milo Hamilton says:

    The game’s a dog.

  118. Milo Hamilton says:

    Funny, but if Garza was with the Pirates he’d be pitching this no hitter in Pawtucket.

  119. Brandie says:

    Sounds like it’s a rough time at the old ball yard.

  120. theplanisworking says:

    Sounds like the game went to the dogs……….. ;)

  121. Reading says:

    About time.

  122. Reading says:

    A hit right now would work

  123. Arriba Wilver says:

    Juan D should teach the other pitchers how to bunt. Perfect bunt.

  124. Reading says:

    A gap shot to plate two runs? Nooooooooooo! A grounder that scores nobody. A classic malaise game from years past.

  125. His defense has never been in question, really. He was better in Low A than some on the ML level.

    His head and his bat needed to catch up.

  126. Arriba Wilver says:

    Already 7 LOB’s. Wow, was I wrong.

  127. theplanisworking says:

    Didnt they have 18LOB’s last week?

  128. Brandie says:

    Need to get bit back from them. This isn’t fetch!

  129. theplanisworking says:


  130. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dale Svuem has to lose that half assed pull over wind breaker he wears.

  131. Brandie says:

    Waiting for our boys to play responsible, offense based baseball. Don’t want to end this night with a loss, or the sentiment…Sometimes you’re filet mignon, sometimes you’re Hamburger Helper. Down,t be Hamburber Helper!

  132. Brandie says:

    Or Hamburger Helper!

  133. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Terry Francona model.

  134. theplanisworking says:

    …….or Hippo Helper! ;)

  135. theplanisworking says:

    He looks like the equipment guy, not the manager.

  136. Brandie says:

    The Francona…Only from Sears.

  137. theplanisworking says:


    Pass the Holy Water!!!!!!!!!!!!

  138. Jandy says:

    Grand slam for the Lunch box :)

  139. Lunch box does it 5-3 Buccos!!!!

  140. Thundercrack says:

    Never doubt Hurdle.

    Pushing all the right buttons.

  141. Arriba Wilver says:

    “Travis Snider sucks.” (Several major league scouts)

  142. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I wonder if Barmes would’ve hit a GS there.

  143. Jandy says:

    I was tellin hubby that…

  144. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well, that cleared the bases!

  145. Reading says:

    The echoes have been awakened. My purpose has been served. You’re welcome. Enjoy the rest of the game.

  146. theplanisworking says:

    Did you perform a miracle there?????? ;)

  147. Milo Hamilton says:

    If Matt Garza was with the Pirates Indianapolis would have just fallen behind ! :)

  148. Jandy says:


  149. theplanisworking says:

    4th outfielder hits a 4-bagger. ;)

  150. Dripping with power.

  151. Jandy says:

    wow, the SHORTSTOP just made an error ;)

  152. Jandy says:

    He sure was for that one ;)

  153. theplanisworking says:

    Do you mean “buffet line” ?? ;)

  154. Thundercrack says:

    That homeless guy on Ottawa is looking for DK

  155. theplanisworking says:

    are you sure its power??? ;) :)

  156. Patrick(ri) says:

    If they don’t cut this sort of thing out, Neal is gonna keep his day job.

  157. Jandy says:

    Honestly, I did tell him thru the television to smack one out of there…

  158. Jandy says:

    who cares if he’s smackin homers? :)

  159. Arriba Wilver says:


    Mais oui .

  160. Officer Mancuso says:

    People whose dads played varsity high school football know to stick around till the game’s over, “Milo”.

  161. Jandy says:

    lol is he spitting french epithets??

  162. How about another Granny this inning!! Come on Cutch!!

  163. theplanisworking says:

    beats smacking me with your :thwaps: anyday………. ;)

  164. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Cutch is dialed in

  165. Brandie says:

    We are filet mignon now! No more Hamburger Helper. We’re Movin’ on Up, just like The Jeffersons!

  166. theplanisworking says:


  167. Jandy says:

    don’t be dissin the guy who gave us the lead :P

  168. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Weezie! ;)

  169. J Walter Weatherman says:

    but no luck tonight

  170. Officer Mancuso says:

    Would you like to revise and extend your remarks?

  171. Jandy says:

    lol mere love taps ;)

  172. theplanisworking says:

    10 LOB so far, still at least 2 more innings to go.
    Just imagine the score if we got some of those in !

  173. Jandy says:

    high fallutin’ ;)

  174. Jandy says:

    heck even half of them

  175. Jandy says:

    Has anyone checked to see if Juan D. is smiling yet?

  176. Jandy says:

    How you doin Brandie girl?

  177. Officer Mancuso says:

    Nice to see peeps whose entire persona is ”
    Mock the Pirates publicly shown to be fools.

  178. Brandie says:

    Dripping with sarcasm…

  179. Arriba Wilver says:

    Really nice play by Pedro and Gaby.

  180. Jandy says:


  181. theplanisworking says:

    To whom are you referring to, Officer?

  182. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I like the decision to put Wilson in the bullpen this year, but I’m still holding out hope that he’ll turn into a starter. He has electric stuff when he’s under control.

  183. Jandy says:

    good to the last drip

  184. Jandy says:

    and don’t be hatin’ on Barmes, he had a nice hit this evening

  185. Bizrow says:

    + 1, thanks for sharing

  186. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, I am a big drip……..
    what’s your point?

  187. Milo Hamilton says:

    Are you here to entertain yourself or just bore the rest of us ? You’re succeeding in at least half of that equation.

  188. Bizrow says:

    Its good to see you here, Sir Ossifer

  189. Jandy says:

    that’s Mr. Occifer to you, Hippo :P

  190. Jandy says:


  191. Jandy says:

    Is it just me, or does it that when opponents do hit off Wilson, they hit it right up the middle?

  192. Bizrow says:

    Bucs don’t seem to ever give up so far

    Chemistry? Minus McGehee? Or are they eating sushi?

  193. Jandy says:

    I told you about points before, Hipposter my friend :P

  194. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m going to quit checking in on the game threads. Poster here who has taken shots at me in the past and now continues with others I like here on the blog.

  195. Bizrow says:

    PS, I’m starting a Snider Bus trip/wagon

    That kid is OK in my book, easy to pull for

  196. Jandy says:

    OshKosh…why leave what you enjoy because some dorktard is being an a$$?
    Doing that allows them to “win”. Just do as i do…

  197. theplanisworking says:

    ok, who is Top Cat?????? ;)

  198. Jandy says:

    I’ll get on that wagon

  199. theplanisworking says:

    ^^^^^ What Jandy said.

    Dont leave because someone is trolling for trouble.
    Thats what people like that specialize in.

    Stick around, enjoy the fun, ignore the as^

  200. Thundercrack says:

    Earlier tonight I was scrolling up & down the TV channels searching for the Penguins game. Wanted to see what the score was.

    True story

  201. Jandy says:

    from what I’m seein, the Ossifer isn’t the top cat…unless you call alley cats top cats

  202. theplanisworking says:

    If it is a VW Bus, I am in! ;)

  203. Brandie says:

    Old Hanna Barber a Cartoon. Top Cat was the leader of a gang of cats that liked to pull done on people. Nemesis was Officer Dibble.

  204. Officer Mancuso says:


  205. theplanisworking says:


    Too many fleas! ;)

  206. Jandy says:

    Butt out Ossifer. We like friends in here. quit rockin the blog

  207. theplanisworking says:

    Loved that cartoon!

  208. Arriba Wilver says:

    Pull my finger.

  209. Officer Mancuso says:

    Where’s Milo?

  210. Thundercrack says:

    Winning should make us happy. And get along

  211. Brandie says:

    Happy to be here, Jandy. What’ s going down?

  212. Jandy says:

    well then I be Dibble

  213. Jandy says:


  214. Jandy says:


  215. Milo Hamilton says:

    I answered you before. Get with the program.

  216. Jandy says:

    never mind where Milo is.

  217. Brandie says:

    Don’t let the pot stirrers do you in. Besides, I like coming here and enjoy reading your posts.

  218. Jandy says:

    LOL TC, an extra day off and you’re all messed up :P

  219. Thundercrack says:

    You do know who doesn’t think much of Travis Snider, right ?


    But make sure your wagon picks up that homeless guy on Ottawa

  220. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy, you are funny!

  221. Jandy says:

    Precisely. And if Ossifer doesn’t cut the crap well, Mother Theresa is gonna put a hex on him.

  222. Jandy says:

    well, Hipposter my friend I am seriously getting sick and tired of immature posters being a$$munches and ruining it for people who enjoy the blog. So enough is enough. grow up dorktards or get out…door is over there ~~~~~~~>

  223. Nice to see Soriano being himself and dropping the ball there on Martin’s flyball. Get him in Gaby!

  224. theplanisworking says:

    Milo is staying here, despite your best efforts to attack him and chase him away.
    Pirates are winning………… cant you enjoy that?
    Its ok to poke fun at things, but you are going over the line with your constant attacks.

    DK has even said, dont attack other posters, attack him (DK).

    Hippo out.

  225. Jandy says:

    happy to see my good friends here :)

  226. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed TC.

    Its not easy to get along with a Hippo, but I try. ;)

  227. Brandie says:

    Like…We must remember…this is not high school. Reading the posts has made me a more informed fan. I appreciate everyone’s efforts. If we have a few who revel in drama, that’s unfortunate.

  228. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Milo, I know you dont need me to stick up for you, but dont let anyone chase you away.

    Stay here, get a popcorn, and enjoy! :D

  229. Jandy says:

    Hippo…you git yer Hippo butt back here

  230. theplanisworking says:

    Bon Jour !!!!!!! ;)

  231. Jandy says:


  232. theplanisworking says:

    Only thing I revel in is the Pond! ;)

  233. Man seems to have a problem of some kind.

  234. theplanisworking says:

    But Jandy, I cant fit thru the door. I am a Hippo! ;)

  235. Jandy says:

    Unfortunate? maybe…immature and ill – advised…for darn sure.

  236. Milo Hamilton says:

    The grounds crew head honcho keeps meeting with the umpire between innings. There’s a storm approaching.

  237. theplanisworking says:

    Yes’m. :)

  238. Jandy says:

    Man? Not unless he acts like one….needs to grow the fack up

  239. Thank you, Rodney King.


  240. Jandy says:


  241. theplanisworking says:


  242. theplanisworking says:


  243. Jandy says:

    you’re not being an a$$ Hipposter lol

  244. Thundercrack says:

    I’m usually more like Rodney Dangerfield

  245. theplanisworking says:


  246. theplanisworking says:

    Ba-Da-Bing !!!!!!

  247. Jandy says:

    No, that would be Drew…”Take my wife…PLeASE!”

  248. Jandy says:


  249. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, but I DO have a big one !!! ;)

  250. Brandie says:

    Don’t make me get out the black woman voodoo.

  251. Bizrow says:

    No, I don’t know, once again clueless

    I didn’t like the timing of the pickup

    But I like the kid

    When he hit the plate, he looked like he had done it several times before

    Also liked the story in the other paper about what he’s all about

    Did not mean to ruffle any feathers

  252. Bizrow says:


    Or take the poodles, please

    The guy, Drew, has a heart made of gold, IMO

  253. Brandie says:

    All Aboard The Silver Snider Express. He, so far, is not who we thought he was.

  254. Jandy says:

    that’s fine, as long as you’re not causing trouble or pulling fingers ;P

  255. Jandy says:

    if any feathers are ruffled over that…they need plucked ;)

  256. Brandie says:

    Or are they love :thwaps: ?

  257. Jandy says:

    amen…as do most of the posters here…but Drew is indeed special :)

  258. Jandy says:

    as many are special.

  259. Jandy says:

    Man, these Cubbies are defensively challenged tonight

  260. Brandie says:

    If suck means producing great offense, then, by all means, I hope he sucks the Pirates into the playoffs.

  261. 21sthebest says:

    I think the lightning gave it away.

  262. Jandy says:

    loved the story in the other paper

  263. theplanisworking says:

    Or, as in my case, spatial…….. ;)

  264. Brandie says:

    Great! I hope they stay that way. Somebody has to contribute to the blooper reels.

  265. Jandy says:

    nah….you’re just big ol’ sweetie, Hipposter

  266. Jandy says:

    better the Cubbies than the Buccos

  267. theplanisworking says:

    Have you ever seen a bear play ball?
    Of course they are defensively challenged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  268. Jandy says:


  269. Brandie says:

    Full of surprises. May he have a long, prosperous life. Besides, he can be another face of the franchise.

  270. Brandie says:

    Stop…Grilli time.

  271. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You MC Brandie !!!!

  272. Brandie says:

    Dang straight. Getting tired of being the butt end of the baseball world for so long will get you to tighten up your game.

  273. Jandy says:


  274. Brandie says:

    I was thinking of combining Grilli and Melancon into one super pitcher called Grillancon. All hail and fear the Mighty Grillancon!

  275. Jandy says:

    we can hope

  276. Jandy says:


  277. theplanisworking says:

    Like a George Foreman Grillancon?

  278. Jandy says:

    And Grilli helps himself out :)

  279. Jandy says:

    lol you two kill me

  280. Milo Hamilton says:

    Love it. Like our old centerfielder, Duffy McLouth.

  281. Jandy says:

    C’mon, now more now…

  282. Jandy says:

    Good stuff lol

  283. Jandy says:

    that BB didn’t help :/

  284. theplanisworking says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :)

  285. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nate hit a walkoff homer against the Yankees tonight.

  286. Jandy says:


  287. Jandy says:

    Oh man…

  288. Brandie says:

    Mmm. Butterfinger BB’s….What were we talking about again?

  289. theplanisworking says:

    Filet Mignon >>>>>>>>. Butterfinger BB’s.

  290. Jandy says:

    you got the cravin eh?

  291. Milo Hamilton says:

    Grilli is going to reach Garza’s pitch count.

  292. theplanisworking says:

    I can cook my Filet Mignon on my George Foreman Grillancon. :)

  293. Jandy says:

    Cheese does it!!!

  294. theplanisworking says:

    Raise the Jolly Hippo !!!!!!!!!!!

  295. Ermine says:

    Just got here..Raise IT !!!!!!

  296. Brandie says:

    Every 8th and 9th innings, the Might Grillancon rises from the pitchet’s mound (home games it’s the Confluence of our three rivers) to strike terror into the hearts of opposing batters.

    Heh heh…Has kinfpd of a Linus / Great Pumpkin kind of feel. Where’s Ghost when you need him?

  297. Hoist the Colors!! 27-18 with more to come!!

  298. Jandy says:

    just in time :)

  299. Lad9 says:

    Raise it! Great battle by cheese without his good stuff!

  300. Elevez Jolly Roger!

    It is French day on the blog.

  301. Brandie says:

    Removable grill tray for easy clean up.

  302. theplanisworking says:

    Down Girl!

  303. Jandy says:


  304. Thundercrack says:

    We used to lose these types of games.
    Alot of them.


  305. theplanisworking says:

    Removable steak for easy eating! ;)

  306. Jandy says:

    USED to

  307. Jandy says:

    Lunch Box….man of the hour :)

  308. Milo Hamilton says:

    It can rain now.

  309. theplanisworking says:

    French Bread Pizza for everyone !!!!!!!! ;)

  310. Jandy says:

    yeah…maybe it will wash away the trash too ;)

  311. Thundercrack says:


  312. Jandy says:

    See ya tomorrow Milo :)

  313. theplanisworking says:

    Travis Snider………… A Man Who Likes To Eat.

    Just cant make that one up.
    Thanks Robbie Lamancowskioops……….

  314. Jandy says:

    Flashing lightning here too, Mother Theresa is off to bed :)

  315. theplanisworking says:

    Night Jandy.
    Night Milo.

  316. Jandy says:

    Night TC…sweet Bucco dreams

  317. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates are 27-18

    31% of the way to 86 wins….
    27% of the season completed…

  318. Brandie says:

    All the cool kids carried lunch boxes…consider Travis Snider an official cool kid.

  319. Jandy says:

    NIght Hipposter and Brandie and SPunky and Biz

  320. Brandie says:

    Good night all.

  321. Jandy says:

    Eric…Bon Jovi rocks!

  322. Patrick(ri) says:

    Glad to hear it. He is another feel good story. I think he got jerked around a bit, but he was lucky Buck saw enough to give him some steady PT.

  323. Ermine says:

    As long as he keeps eatting those hanging change-ups for HR’s

  324. theplanisworking says:

    Night Brandie.

  325. Eric Bowser says:

    Oh man… you ladies won’t let me forget that one…. ha ha ha

  326. Ermine says:

    Nite All

  327. Arriba Wilver says:

    18 LOB’s. ‘Nuff said.

  328. Night John Boy. Night Mary Ellen.

  329. theplanisworking says:

    LOL !!!

  330. Don’t look now, but Stetson van Benschoten Allie is up to 12 HR’s and 38 RBI and a .329 average in Low A.

  331. John Lease says:

    SHHHHH. We are DUE. No need to examine a gift from the baseball gods, accept it! :)

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