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Morning Java: Meals’ blown call badly overblown

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Pirates take the opener of the seismic series with the Cardinals. And they do so convincingly, to put it mildly. Rob Biertempfel reports.

It’s still only July, reminds Karen Price.

Jason Grilli renews his vows to return, by Travis Sawchik.

Here, too, is a neat tale of a charity raffle taking place in the stadium, by Chris Harlan.

Coverage of the Cardinals can be found in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by my good friend Derrick Goold.

And here are official game highlights from

>> I was off yesterday — and am again today — but I did catch a glimpse of the crowd at PNC Park from across the Allegheny, and it was a healthy 32,084. Nice to see and, for the record, more than double what turned out in Cleveland to see the contending Indians on the same night.

Pittsburgh is showing well as a reviving baseball town, no question.

>> Don’t know if anyone else has brought this up — I watched with the TV sound off — but with the Pirates now just a half-game back, first place could change hands twice with the doubleheader today. Not often you see that, I’ll bet.

>> So Jerry Meals missed a call at the plate last night in Boston. I know this only because my Twitter timeline was being crushed by righteous indignation deep into the night, including by Pirates fans who curiously found it comparable to his blown call in Atlanta a couple years ago.

Really? Look for yourself.

Meals blew the call, no question. But to compare those calls is an insult to the legit indignation over the one against the Pirates, where no one needed any replay because the runner was stopped two feet short of the plate and still called safe.

And people want to compare that to this?


Let’s not lose our minds here just because it’s the Red Sox and the perpetually persecuted Boston fans.

>> First day of pads in Latrobe, but the biggest Steelers news of the day was reported off the field by our Mark Kaboly: LaMarr Woodley is officially in shape. So speaks Keith Butler, as bluntly honest as anyone in Pittsburgh sports.

Here’s what Alan Robinson, the WPXI guys and I had to say about Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley a couple nights ago on ‘The Final Word’

>> Found this interesting: Terrelle Pryor confesses to the Bay Area News Group, ‘I didn’t know how to throw a football before.’ Yikes. Heck of a starting point for an NFL quarterback.

>> Reminder: The TribLIVE Radio show will air Wednesdays at 2 p.m. from now on. My special guest this week will be the Steelers’ Willie Gay.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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

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