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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Friday column, which actually appears on our A-1 news front this morning rather than the sports section, was intended to be this summation of all the sappiness currently surrounding the baseball club.

Alas.

Oh, well. At any rate, for more reasons than one, I’d hope that the Pirates taking four of five from the Cardinals would supersede falling by two touchdowns in the finale. Fact is, it might have been the best series they’ve played in many a moon.

Here’s part of my talk with a lifetime Pirates fan dating to Forbes Field …

And you know how I always say I want to hear from you on the topic?

Well, I do want to hear from  you on this topic. Speak up. Share your stories of suffering/celebrating the Pirates, whatever you have down below.

Here’s our news coverage of the day, by Rob Biertempfel, Karen Price and Travis Sawchik.

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

Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.

Finally, here’s a piece from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal richly critical of Neal Huntington’s failure to make a move. As noted here the other day, no one in this business is more connected with baseball executives.

Be sure Rosenthal will be off the Pirates’ Christmas card list for this.

>> LaMarr Woodley apparently has done his part. Mark Kaboly weighs in from Latrobe. And on a very much related note, Jarvis Jones struts his stuff in drills.

I’m headed back to Saint Vincent this weekend in search of a Sunday column.

>> The Riverhounds play two meaningful matches in Florida this weekend. The one tonight at Tampa Bay, in particular, might well decide playoff fate.

>> This is cool: This blog hit its top two baseball-season hit counts ever Tuesday and Wednesday, no doubt fueled by the trade deadline. Thank you to Pirates fans.

>> Reminder: The chat is today at noon, its new regular day. Same place, here on the blog.

>> Just before that, at 11:30 a.m., I’ll check in with the TribLIVE Radio crew. Listen live.

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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