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Morning Java: Cutch’s catch attempt at issue? Come on

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

HARRISBURG — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column would like to see Neal Huntington finish the job he started.

Tough one for the club yesterday, to say the least. Karen Price has the game story.

All that I’ve got to add is that, among other silly things I’ve heard and read people complaining about, Andrew McCutchen’s failure to come up with Adam Eaton’s winning single was the wildest of all.

He was charging forward on a looping liner off the end of a lefty’s bat. If you saw it from overhead — and believe me, the press box is way overhead — the ball was cutting toward left field. So Cutch finds his route to the ball, goes hard, slides in the same manner Starling Marte had done to great effect earlier in the game, then turns his glove to the backhand and … comes up short.

As the column’s lede describes, Cutch took it hard. When I eventually approached him, one of my questions was about the catch attempt.

“I tried a slide, and the ball hit the ground before I got there,” he replied. “That’s it.”

He’s right: That’s it.

You know what else is really it?

This team doesn’t hit much. That’s the problem. Not this catch attempt, not the nonsensical complaints over which pitcher batted last — Gerrit Cole will be the first tell you he’s not a good hitter — or any of that stuff.

>> I also had questions for Huntington regarding struggling Jeff Locke, and that’s right here …

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Diamondbacks news from the Arizona Republic and Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to check the Republic for Kirk Gibson’s tremendous tirade yesterday morning at PNC against Ryan Braun.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Anyway, the Steelers and Redskins get semi-serious tonight in Landover, which is why you see that Harrisburg dateline up there. Decided to drive about halfway after taping the TV show last night.

Here’s our Steelers page.

>> Know all those times I’ve told you the Riverhounds are run first-class?

Check out the year-end appreciation video they put together for their fans …

I call special attention to the 3:25 mark of the video for Jose Angulo’s goal-of-the-year strike in the international friendly vs. Wigan Athletic, but also to defender Niko Katic kissing the Pittsburgh crest on his jersey and to the very end for Angulo celebrating another goal with the Steel Army.

You know how fans fall in love with a team?

Trust me when I tell you this team fell in love with its fans.

>> The Pirates and Steelers dominated WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ last night.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

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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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