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Morning Java: The LOUDEST sound

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column offers my feelings on Neal Huntington’s inactivity at the trade deadline. Look forward to hearing yours, as always, in the comments.

Here’s our news coverage of same, by Rob Biertempfel.

Here’s what Clint Barmes shared with me about the deadline …

And yeah, as long as we’re at it, here’s this …

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On the field, this amazing story continued as Neil Walker’s inspired performance helped the Pirates take a fourth in this five-game set with the Cardinals, and they did so with a mindboggling 25th comeback out of their 65 total victories. Karen Price has it.

All I have to add is this: The sound that this crowd with Mark Melancon’s last swinging strike made — it’s announced at 31,697 tickets sold, but a small bird told me late last night it actually 33,300 in the place — was as loud as anything I’ve heard for baseball at PNC Park.

I might not have been alone.

Melancon described himself as having “goosebumps” when it happened. And more important considering he’s the Pirates’ most tenured player now, Jeff Karstens tweeted afterward: “WOW! DEFINITELY THE MOST ENERGY AND LOUDEST I’VE EVER HEARD PNC PARK! The team loves it!!”

Don’t tell me that sort of thing isn’t a factor in professional sports. Even the stats will prove that wrong.

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Cardinals coverage from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.

And one last thing on baseball, from the show yesterday, here was my monologue on everyone being wrong about the Pirates …

>> The Steelers were back at it in Latrobe, and the coverage today is heavy on outside linebackers, as you’ll see. Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly weigh in. (Sorry.)

Also, here’s yesterday’s TribLIVE Radio show podcast featuring 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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