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Final: Pirates 4, Reds 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (91-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (90-69)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Homer Bailey

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Burnett, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are on the scene, and they’ll be joined this weekend by Joe Starkey writing columns.

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. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Current updated standings are in the post below this one

    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    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.


    Line #1
    Total HITS by Pirates Batters in tonight’s game
    Line is 7.5

    Line #2
    Total HOME-RUNS HIT by Justin Morneau in the 3 games this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 0.5

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the Pirates in the 3 games this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 1.5

    BONUS Pick ‘Em Line
    In What Place in the NL Central Division Will the Pirates Finish?
    Second Place (DOUBLE ODDS)
    Third Place (EVEN ODDS)

    QUESTION FOR THE MASSES (Simple majority wins)
    Do you want The Window to continue to do daily lines throughout the postseason?
    ***If YES wins, then the final standings will include BOTH the REGULAR and POST season.***
    ***If NO wins, then the final standings will only include the REGULAR season.***

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Magic Number to Clinch the #4 Seed: 3

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23


  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    stuart66 ~ 550
    Dom ~ 325
    TCB ~ 275
    RobertoForever ~ 250
    cherokee23 ~ 250

    bman ~ 2855
    JRay3 ~ 1950
    War Horse ~ 1565
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 1475
    JUCOFan ~ 1300
    Dadtackular ~ 1100
    blazer ~ 1050
    Nate83 ~ 1025
    KJX ~ 750
    RobertoForever ~ 740
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    TCB ~ 675
    Chico ~ 600
    Ermine ~ 600
    theplanisworking ~ 500
    Irish ~ 475
    stickyweb ~ 450
    cherokee23 ~ 400
    JohninOshkosh ~ 335
    EricBowser ~ 325
    OZ ~ 300
    Bill Born ~ 230
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    Hal Smith ~ 200
    kr70 ~ 200
    tdb1977 ~ 185
    A1C McG ~ 100
    Damon ~ 100
    Dom ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    steelercrazy ~ 100
    Vette60 (Randy in RVA) ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    Pucknutz ~ 50
    stuart66 ~ 50
    Big B ~ 0
    Fish ~ 0
    MarkV ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    JoeyBats ~ -75
    Ben ~ -80
    Alexandre Giesbrecht ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    buffalo_bob ~ -150
    buggee ~ -150
    Ghost ~ -150
    Matt hoffman ~ -150
    Arriba Wilver ~ -200
    DormontGeorge ~ -200
    Ryan76 ~ -200
    TJ ~ -200
    BDHumbert ~ -225
    tmp444 ~ -225
    Drew71 ~ -250
    Frankie ~ -250
    Patrick ~ -250
    cmat0829 ~ -300
    Joey Mellons ~ -300
    Rick in Crete ~ -300
    Steve J. Smith ~ -300
    toochca ~ -300
    absolute59 ~ -350
    DemonDachshund ~ -450
    The Gunner ~ -500
    TK ~ -500
    Keith ~ -550
    Jandy ~ -575
    radio wave ~ -575
    JaxBuc ~ -650
    Jason81 ~ -900
    Karen22 ~ -950
    Brandie ~ -975
    cosmo ~ -1000
    pattonbb ~ -1050
    JMB ~ -1350
    Kevin ~ -1535
    JD ~ -2275
    Lad9 ~ -2300
    Bizrow ~ -5000

    ***The Most Points for the end of SEPTEMBER will win:***

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  3. kr70 says:

    1- 100 over
    2- 100 under
    3- 100 over
    and YES
    and thanks

  4. Nate83 says:

    100 on the over for all 3. Thanks again for running this all year playoffs!!!!!

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No problem.
    Do you want any action on the Bonus Pick ‘Em?

  6. Nate83 says:

    Missed the bonus. I will take second place.

  7. Lad 9 says:

    Over on all three lines please. And second place. All for 100.

    And yes, I would love to see daily lines in the postseason.

    Thank you again Playoffs. And thank you Biz for keeping me out of the cellar. Go Buccos!!

  8. Arriba Wilver says:

    Line #1. OVER

    Line #2. OVER

    Line #3. OVER

    Bonus. 2nd Place


    And thanks for doing this, My friend. It’s a big part of the baseball part of this blog, along with JAL’s links.

  9. Arriba Wilver says:


  10. TCB says:

    Under for 75 on all 3 lines.

    Bonus – 3rd.

    Continue until Bucs are done.

  11. Dave G says:

    I’m proud to be representing Bucco Nation at tonight’s game (with my girlfriend).

    Wearing our Pirates gear into the Sea of Red.

    Seats are in Section 111 (short left field) just under the overhang.

    You can just about draw a line thru our seats, third base, and the mound.

    Excited to see AJ pitching tonight. Hope he has his playoffs face on.


  12. kr70 says:

    I screwed up, didn’t post in this thread this will be a repeat….
    1 100 over
    2 100 under
    3 100 over
    and Yes and thanks and sorry

  13. War Horse says:

    Line #1 – OVER for 100

    Line #2 – OVER for 100

    Line #3 – OVER for 100

    BONUS: 100 on SECOND PLACE, please.

    Thanks, Window, for all the work you put in to make this a fun game to play. Please continue into the postseason, if you will be so kind.

  14. Nate83 says:

    If you see Dusty throw something at him.

  15. Have a great time, Dave and bring home the W.

  16. Jim S. says:

    A great feature of the First Pitch thread is the Bucco lineup. Would love to see the other team’s lineup added to it.

    For tonight, here is the Reds lineup:


    If AJ can avoid big mistakes to the lefty Bermuda Triangle of Choo, Votto and Bruce, this lineup can be held in check. Big “if” there, I know. But, they don’t have much consistent offense other than those 3. Ludwick bats 2nd.

    Please don’t start the game off with a walk to Choo, AJ. We need Votto coming to the plate with no one on base as often as possible. And, we need quick innings out of AJ. If he is sharp early, he can get on a roll.

    I think we may do some damage to Bailey. Just a hunch.

  17. NMR says:

    I’ve long been a proponent of that very thing, Jim. Thanks!

  18. Tom P. says:

    Jim S. was our good luck charm earlier this year. I’m sure he would happily pass the banner to you. Have a great time.

  19. Jim S. says:

    See if you can sneak onto that big boat thing in CF. Maybe you can get on TV looking out onto the field. My kids and I tried when we went there on a Sunday in July, but they had a private party.

    Also, if you walk around to RF, you can look down into the Pirates bullpen from the concourse. Kind of a nice feature. I think they put it there for their fans to harrass the Reds’ opponent. On the day I was there, it was surrounded by Buccos Nation.

    Have fun! I found the Cincinnati faithful to be very courteous to the Bucs fans.

  20. Stuart says:


    yes to continuing.

    Please give me 50 on the over for #3, and 50 for the Pirates to finish second.

    I’m not touching #s 1 or 2, as I am hoping to retain my September first place!


  21. Jim S. says:

    Happily!! :-)

  22. bizrow says:

    Lets see, what should I do

    100 nuke nuggets on OVER for all three lines.

    I believe ;-)

    Thanks Playoffs and if you want to, keep this thing going till November

    Beat Em Bucs

  23. Stickyweb says:

    You’re no Ted Williams :-)

  24. theplanisworking says:

    25 Happy Hippos on the UNDER for all 3 lines.
    25 Bonus Happy hippos on 3RD place.

    I say you do the Window 365 days a year…….. thru NHL, NBA, soccer, lacrosse and polo seasons. Just my .02 cents from the Pond.


  25. bizrow says:

    If you add all the minuses, I think I still got last place ;-)

    But its all about our Buccos

  26. theplanisworking says:

    Along with pics of the ballgirls for both teams, too. ;)

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    I hate baseball. So boring. They just stand around. I like to play it but can’t stand watching it.

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  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1, but smart. ;-)

  30. Stickyweb says:

    UNDER line 1 for 100
    UNDER line 2 for 100
    OVER line 3 for 100
    2nd place in div. for 100
    YES, absolutely YES for as long as this ride takes us.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    409 locations?


    Is this a feature only for Pirate season, or does this continue year-round (like Pens season too?)

  32. Jim S. says:

    Are you on your phone again, Osh? You went all “snowman” on us?

  33. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’ll never understand why people are threatened by baseball.

  34. Jim S. says:

    Sure, why not?

  35. Stickyweb says:

    Sure it’s smart. I’d probably do the same thing if I ever mysteriously found myself atop any standings. But I’m still gonna criticize Stu for it. I believe we call that commenter’s perogative.

  36. NMR says:

    For all of Dusty’s ignorant whining about Votto drawing too many walks and not being a good enough “run producer”, you’d think he’d have a two-hole hitter with an OBP a little better than suck.

    Choo-Votto-Phillips-Bruce-Ludwick would be tough to stop.

  37. NMR says:

    Ask Cutch.

    Oh wait, you mean the game, not the ball.

  38. Stickyweb says:

    No disrespect Biz, but I’d rather see you in the cellar and the Bucs fighting for 1st place than vice versa.

  39. Thundercrack says:

    Ugly Americans

  40. Jim S. says:

    We have Switzerland and Singapore, but we can’t lock up the Dakotas?

  41. toochca says:

    Because “Baseball is Life”

  42. Stickyweb says:

    Good news. There’s bocce championships on NBS Sports channel at 7:00. Make some popcorn and have a blast watching! ;-)

  43. Jim S. says:

    + an ample qty.

  44. Dom says:

    25 OVER!!!
    100 UNDER!!!
    100 UNDER!!!

    100 ON SECOND PLACE!!!

  45. Jim S. says:

    S-h-h-h-h! The walls have ears!

    Actually, I doubt they would allow Dusty to bat him #2 after they paid Votto eleventy billion dollars.

  46. Stickyweb says:

    I guess those 4 stone faced Presidents don’t like baseball. Is there anything/anyone else in the Dakotas?

  47. Jim S. says:

    Doesn’t he Manage the Giants?

  48. Stickyweb says:

    Dr. Evil, was your pinky in your mouth when you typed eleventy billion dollars?

  49. Stickyweb says:

    I swear DK used to put the opposing lineup up too. But I could be losing my mind.

  50. Bill Born says:

    100 units on each Line – Please

    Line 1 Under

    Line 2 Over

    Line 3 Under



  51. Jim S. says:

    Indian casinos. Wall Drug. A big AFB.

    Dances with Wolves was filmed there.

    Actually, there are great people in the Dakotas. Just not a lot of people, overall. It is a pretty well kept secret, I think. Brutal winters, though.

  52. Jim S. says:

    Umm … maybe.

  53. NMR says:

    lots and lots and lots of oil.

  54. 21sthebest says:

    I was hoping there was a good Blowing match on TV at 7:00.

  55. NMR says:


    I just wish that selfish jerk would listen to Dusty and start swinging at pitches outside the zone. That’ll make him better!

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Huge Bike rally there (Sturgis S. D. ).
    Maybe they dont like baseball?

    And the Oil and winters………… YIKES !
    Minus 40, and snow from December til March…… then it thaws out in the 100 degree Mays.

  57. Arriba Wilver says:


  58. Jim S. says:

    Boy, would I love to insert that guy into our lineup! Bat him in front of Cutch.

    I think they are going to lose Choo after this year, from what I hear. He is going to want a boat load of dough.

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, the jokes I have.

  60. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, the economy is pretty … pretty …. pretty … pretty good out there right about now. Jobs galore.

  61. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yep. It doesn’t appear when I use my phone. I blame soccer fans.

  62. Jim S. says:

    They like baseball, but they can never get 18 people together at one time.

    Pheasant hunting, from what I hear, is great in Aberdeen, SD.

    They should have someone from their tourist bureau monitoring us. We’re making them sound pretty good.

  63. Stickyweb says:

    I think that’s Cinemax anytime after 10:00

  64. NMR says:

    Just keep your eye on the home teams’s dugout.

  65. Jim S. says:

    Reasonable conclusion.

  66. 21sthebest says:

    Sitting on a couple myself.

  67. Jim S. says:

    Saw what you were doing there. With the thing from earlier today. Funny, 26.2!

  68. NMR says:


    Reds really are looking at one outfielder next season, Jay Bruce.

    Unless one deludes themself into thinking Ryan Ludwick can still play defense or hit for power.

    Hamilton is the wildcard. I’m not sure how much damage he can do if he doesn’t put up at least an OBP over 300.

  69. NMR says:

    themself? themselves?

    themselves. i think.

  70. NMR says:

    Good ole fashion work camps. Lotta dudes.

  71. toochca says:

    While listening to the Mets game vs. Reds the announcers made mention that Choo is “the type of player the Mets like and were going to target him in the offseason”

  72. NMR says:

    We’ll see if they cough up the first round draft pick this year.

    We’ve been down this road with Michael Bourn.

  73. Jim S. says:

    I’d go with “themselves.” I don’t think themself is a word. The tenses don’t match. Not sure if that is the reason. Something doesn’t right about it.

    You’re right about Hamilton. @ .300+ OBP, he starts to pay off fast, I would think. Their OF defense in CF and LF is abysmal right now. He helps a great deal. I think he might be the 2nd coming of Vince Coleman.

  74. JohninOshkosh says:

    There’s the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. A cheesy must stop on your way to Rushmore. Also, the Badlands is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Went camping there this summer. Wal Drug is a waste of time. As is Crazy Horse.

    Bismark and Fargo are very nice if you meander way up to NoDak.

  75. theplanisworking says:

    We will only charge them a SMALL fee, Right Jim?? ;)

  76. bizrow says:

    Still looking for two more lunatics for fantasy football.

    E-mail if interested

  77. toochca says:

    The Reds would need to make a qualifying offer for 1st Round pick though. Correct?

  78. Stickyweb says:

    Who else could possibly be to blame?

  79. Jim S. says:

    Choo as a LF/RF works.

  80. bizrow says:

    Our lunatics follow Dejan and all sports

    I try to post on all threads when I can




    DK: DARYL!




    LETS GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. BDHumbert says:

    First off let me say this has been fun – I feel like many of you are the kind of folks I would LOVE to have an Imp and an Iron with even though you are obviously delusional….

    And if u r up to it Playoffs – let’s try and keep this going until we are done – I really hope done is HJR after a Walker walk of in Game 7 of the WS…

    But I am also a bit surprised that you did not include a line for Cutch getting plunked tonight – I am pretty sure he will get buzzed – and if the Bucs are leading late he will go down – Baker is “old school” and I hate him – but he knows the game…

    Enough of my crap – 100 on the over for all three and LET”S GO BUCS!

  84. JohninOshkosh says:


  85. BDHumbert says:

    Baseball is poetry – it is music – it is the rhythm of the Universe ;-)

  86. stickyweb says:

    Ya beat me to it Osh

  87. Patrick(RI) says:

    When I was a little boy, we would load up the Hudson and drive from Illinois to Cut Bank, Montana. Three must stops were Wall Drug (after 1000 miles of ”Have you all seen Wall” signs – they had lots of sinage that was pretty clever, and little boys found much to admire at the drugstore), Mt Rushmore, Deadwood and Custer Battlefield(now called something more accurate, I am sure). If we could talk the folks into it, we would stop at the Corn Palace, for sure. This nearly annual ritual was interrupted twice in Kadoka, SD, where the Hudson blew a head gasket two years in a row (back then, this was not an easy fix, so I spent 13 days of my life in that godforsaken town in something called Camp Joy, motel.

  88. Thundercrack says:

    DARYL! We thought you became an A’s fan.

    No need to accept you back — we always felt you were still among us.

  89. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window. Well what an exciting way to finish the season, a best of three to determine home field advantage for the WC game, have to like the drama.

    Line 1 – 75 on the OVER

    Line 2 – 100 on the UNDER

    Line 3 – 75 on the OVER

    Bonus – 75 on Second Place

    YES – what would playoff baseball be without the window?

    Thanks and GO BUCS!

  90. Dadtackular says:

    line 1 100 under
    line 2 100 under
    line 3 100 under
    bonus 3rd place

    Yes with the window in post season with triple lines each game.

  91. JUCOFan says:

    Line 2 50 units on the under
    Bonus line 25 on third place

  92. JohninOshkosh says:

    Enjoyed this, Patrick.

  93. Brandie says:

    100 on the over for all three lines and second place on the pick em’ please. Thanks!

  94. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Man your beanball helmets!!
    Dusty Baker’s got a list….And he’s checkin’ it twice.
    He’s also got his built in excuse….
    “Oh….The Pirates lead the league in hitting people….Blah Blah Blah!!!”
    An convenient excuse for a known head hunter like himself…..

  95. Patrick(RI) says:

    Thanks. Just googled Kadoka. Still exists, bills itself as the “gateway to the badlands.” 600+ residents.

    Forgot to add: at night, you could listen to Pirate games of KDKA, the 50,000 watt clear channel station

  96. War Horse says:

    If I’m allowed, please delete my bet on Line #2. No bet on Morneau, please.

  97. piratemike says:

    How do you pronounce Hoka Hey with a British accent?

  98. Brandie says:

    Greetings from Ebensburg Comfort Inn. Will check in from time to time. Happy Playoffs everyone.

  99. Brandie says:

    I don’t know you, but greetings. This is a rollicking place. Playoff baseball is like the cherry on top.

  100. piratemike says:

    Tell me DB should BN or NH wear a helmet around you?

  101. Barb says:

    Good evening lovely Senora. I will be doing the same. Washing clothes so I can begin packing for my trip to Orlando on Sunday morning. :)

  102. Wild Bill says:

    Fired up for the first pitch from Los Gatos, Ca. Home tomorrow night and Sunday will be all about the Bucs and Steelers. Go Buccos!

  103. Brandie says:

    Backing away slowly…

  104. Jim S. says:

    +1, Patrick. I definitely remember the Wall Drug billboards as a kid.

  105. Brandie says:

    It is the Disco to your Hippo!

  106. KenKopp says:

    An early welcome to Florida Barb. Live in West Melbourne. 55 minutes from Orlando International. Don’t pack any jackets, maybe just a long sleeve tee or a light sweatshirt. Coming at a good time though. Weather is getting pretty nice.

  107. Jim S. says:

    Sorry, plan. I snuck out for a bit. But, yes, I think they do owe us a little somehting for the effort. We got a little hype going about the Dakotas for about 2 hours.

  108. Brandie says:

    Awesome. Have a great trip.

  109. Brandie says:

    Hey Hey Hey! It’s Soul Brother Number 1 Double K!

  110. Arriba Wilver says:

    HOKA HEY !!!!!!!!!!!!

    MATE !!!!!!

  111. Barb says:

    Thanks Ken for the weather report. Going to the House of Mouse.

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, thanks, Biz.

    This is a great service you provide for us.

  113. KenKopp says:

    Thanks Nickname Girl! I’ll be in and out for awhile, but will be totally engaged in the game.

    Saw too many people in Bucs gear to count today. Always see people in Steelers and Pens gear around town. There is a big Pittsburgh base here. But more Bucs gear today. Awesome!

  114. Barb says:

    I will. I will miss all of my friends here but my friend and I plan on watching the Pirates on Tuesday.

  115. theplanisworking says:

    No need to apologize, I was out also.

    I say we write to the S.D Secretary of State, and get what is ours !!! ;)

  116. Brandie says:

    Have a blast Oh Bodacious and Vivacious One!

  117. KenKopp says:

    When you pass or go to this one certain ride you will have “It’s a small world after all” playing in your head for a few hours. Have a blast.

  118. theplanisworking says:

    Darly is correct.

    For those who dont know, the P-G is going behind a Pay wall.
    Not just P-G Plus, the whole paper will be there.

    Expect many new posters after October 1st.
    And some older ones.

  119. Brandie says:


  120. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you know everyone !! ;)

  121. theplanisworking says:

    Oops……… Daryl too. :)

  122. Jason81 says:

    Line #1–100 on the OVER

    Line #2–100 on the UNDER

    Line #3–100 on the OVER

    Pick ‘Em–100 on 2nd Place

    Postseason Lines: YES

  123. Brandie says:

    Thank you for the update.

  124. theplanisworking says:

    If I was there, I would bean him from the stands.

  125. Barb says:

    We are going to celebrate by going on Pirates of the Caribbean.

  126. Irish says:

    Tough ones:
    50 on Under for Line 1
    100 on Under for Line 2
    100 on Under for Line 3
    100 on 2nd Place
    [hedging here]
    I love the window, Playoffs, a big contribution here. Please keep it going.

  127. Brandie says:

    Eventually! :-) He will get a nickname or a dozen soon enough!

  128. Barb says:

    Thanks I plan on it and I’ll tell Mickey you send your regards.

  129. Jandy says:

    100 over all three lines.
    100 on second place.
    yes, please! Continue! You rock Lunatic Nation, Playoffs!!!!

  130. blazer says:

    I’ll take the over on all 3 lines and Second place on the bonus for 100 each please. Lets continue throughout the playoffs!

  131. Jim S. says:

    It’s worth a try.

    I gotta run. The kids are firing up the Philco for the game! I don’t even know what that means, but I saw it on a TV show once. I think it’s an old TV. Let me update it. Gotta run! The kids are firing up the Samsung for the game!

    Go Bucs!!!

  132. Brandie says:

    I have a few of his watches!

  133. Jandy says:

    hey now! :P

  134. KenKopp says:

    Yes! They have Jolly Rogers there for Sure.

  135. Brandie says:

    I actually got to see where those movies were filmed when I went to the Bahamas with the in-laws last year!

  136. Jandy says:

    woop woop! 409! Good job, Biz :)

  137. Brandie says:

    Here to solve your nickname emergencies!

  138. Jandy says:

    Daryl!! I am Mother Theresa, please pull up a chair and sit a spell….Go Bucs!

  139. theplanisworking says:

    You called? ;)

  140. theplanisworking says:

    You rang? ;)

  141. Jandy says:

    Making macaroni salad for my grand daughter’s 2nd birthday party tomorrow…I’ll pop in later! Go Bucs!!

  142. Barb says:


  143. theplanisworking says:

    I would tell you to get a room, but you already did ! ;)

  144. Jandy says:

    spill ‘em boys :P

  145. Brandie says:

    Sure enough did. Nice to see you.

  146. theplanisworking says:

    Have a safe trip, Barb.
    Have fun with the Mouse.

  147. Brandie says:

    Hope she has a happy birthday.

  148. theplanisworking says:

    I aim to please, ma’am.

  149. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, and I am Harry Hippo !!!! ;)

  150. Barb says:

    Thanks I intend to. It has been awful at work and I need a huge break.

  151. theplanisworking says:


  152. florida steeler says:

    Pedro and Cutch have got to step up.

  153. Patrick(ri) says:

    Baily looks a bit tight tonight. Looks like he will let stuff rattle him (nearlynwalked AJ, for example). Need to get to him in the third, before he gets in his groove.

  154. bman says:


    I’m too late for the betting window, but I’d vote “yes” for lines during the playoffs. (Unless you’re tired of doing them of course)

  155. florida steeler says:

    If Burnett continues to throw his fastball up and in the zone, it will be a short night for him.

  156. KenKopp says:

    What city you in FS. I”m in Melbourne.

  157. theplanisworking says:

    Nice to see 2 Pirate batters hit already.

    Gonna be a long weekend, folks…………..

  158. Barb says:

    But they reallllly didn’t mean it!

  159. theplanisworking says:

    They never do!

  160. Patrick(ri) says:

    I really think Homer is edgy and not intending to hit anyone. Yet.

  161. Patrick(ri) says:

    Morneau is a savy old pro. He should be able to take advantage of Baily.

  162. Patrick(ri) says:

    He may even be savvy.

  163. KenKopp says:

    C’mon Byrd Man!

  164. theplanisworking says:

    2-0 Good Guys, thanks to Big Byrd !!!

  165. Jandy says:

    Byrd is da werd!

  166. Barb says:

    Byrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Woop Woop.

  167. Barb says:

    Good evening Jandy.

  168. Jandy says:

    Yeah and I’m Mother Theresa!

  169. KenKopp says:

    Yes Byrd Man delivers.

  170. Jandy says:

    Thank you :)

  171. JohninOshkosh says:

    I live for the applause…the applause…the applause…

  172. Jandy says:

    Hey Barb, good to see you? Did I see ^^ there you are going away or something?

  173. Jandy says:

    Another nice K for AJ ;)

  174. Steelag70 says:

    Does anybody know if the game tomorrow will be a national broadcast? Just want to know if I will be able to see it down here in Texas.

  175. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God. Marte just pulled a Cutch!

  176. Barb says:

    Yes I am leaving Sunday morning for Disney World. I have been planning this trip for over a year and it is finally here!

  177. florida steeler says:

    Wow, what a catch!!

  178. KenKopp says:

    Just a guess, but that catch might be on ESPN tonight.

  179. Barb says:


  180. JRay3 says:

    As good a running diving catch you will see in LF as Marte takes hit away from Votto. Team playing solidly to start this series, demonstrating a lot of patience at plate and AJ dealing through first three.

  181. 21sthebest says:

    Now that’s how you don’t lollygag in left field!

  182. Barb says:

    I was just thinking that Ken.

  183. Jandy says:

    Are you paying attention, Tabby?

  184. Steelag70 says:

    He seems to make those kind of catches against the Reds…remember the diving catch he made at PNC Park earlier in the season agains them?

  185. Jandy says:

    So, 21, when are you going, blo…errr bowling again?

  186. JRay3 says:

    Tomorrow’s game is on FOX in split National broadcast. If you live in Houston, Austin, El Paso, Amarillo TV markets you will get Pirates. If you live in Dallas or the surrounding areas that would be Texas Ranger areas you will get Twins-Indians.

  187. Jandy says:

    The Pirate’s website says it’s on Fox

  188. Jandy says:

    Thanks JRay, you said it much better than I did lol

  189. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Baker is at work early.
    It might cost him a run or two….But it’s all about bumps, bruises and gamesmanship.

  190. Steelag70 says:

    Crap….guess I get the Twinkies-Indians…

  191. Barb says:

    Oh Jandy that was so funny. I laughed until I cried. At least I am the only one in my office.

  192. Brandie says:

    Where’s Lad 9 when you need him?

  193. 21sthebest says:

    Ha! Haven’t bowled in a couple of years. Big bowler when I was a kid.

    Hope my ipad spells that correctly.

  194. Brandie says:

    PBA…Professional Blowing Association…On ESPN… The Deuce…Leaf Blowers?

  195. Steelag70 says:


  196. Steelag70 says:

    Frazier has seemed to hit us pretty good the last few games…

  197. Jandy says:

    OMG Brandie, i couldnt stop laughing. People were peeking into my office, and i couldn’t even speak to say anything LMAO!

  198. Jandy says:

    LOL. You’re a trooper for taking that so well :)
    I will go now and then…and am hard put to break 125…years ago I bowled on a league and averaged 160. oh well.. lol

  199. Jandy says:

    crap is right! Now we need to get that run back and add on!

  200. theplanisworking says:


  201. The Gunner says:

    Tabby as well as most every other LFer would not have caught that ball.

  202. Brandie says:

    And I approve this beaning…of Reds Players.

  203. Jandy says:

    It was a perfect display of HUSTLE, Gunner, my man :)
    THAT is what Tabby should pay attention to :)

  204. Steelag70 says:

    Come on Morny…

  205. Jandy says:

    I loved Disney! Have a great time…take lots of pics…and be safe :)

  206. Brandie says:

    That’s how you celebrate a Friday!

  207. Jandy says:

    He’s been pretty busy lately, but i miss him…

  208. Lad 9 says:

    I just caught up and saw the blowing match. Hysterical! Good evening Lunatics. Lets go Bucs!

  209. Jandy says:

    Laugh at epic Jandyisms LOL

  210. Jandy says:

    Hey!! There he is! were your ears burning?
    Glad I could make you laugh lol

  211. Brandie says:


  212. Lad 9 says:

    Not my ears. But my head had razor burn from shaving it after I read your bald comment from earlier today. :)

  213. Lad 9 says:


  214. Jandy says:

    LOL I was on a bit of a roll, i guess ;)

  215. pattonbb says:

    Homer has become effectively wild.

    I hate effectively wild pitchers named “Homer”.

  216. Jandy says:

    Nobody does it better ;)

  217. Jandy says:

    I hate any Reds pitcher named Homer

  218. Brandie says:

    Oh Poo…I missed it all. :(

  219. Chuck H says:

    It’s getting pretty obvious that the non-hitters have assembled in Cincy. It’s only a matter of time until the Reds put together some hits and runs. C’mon you bunch of auto outs,
    do you want home field or don’t you?

  220. Lad 9 says:

    Yes. Rolled a pair!

  221. KenKopp says:

    Was that “No hands” Maz that just made that turn at 2nd?

  222. Brandie says:

    I could go so many places with that statement!

  223. florida steeler says:

    Hey, he is from Texas–probably a pretty popular name in those parts.

  224. Jandy says:

    You were saying…

  225. Lad 9 says:

    Great turn by Neil KK. You are correct

  226. Eric Bowser says:

    Top shelf and a beauty…. errrr double

  227. Jandy says:

    wasn’t much really, but Jimster was rubbing it in a bit lol

  228. Jandy says:

    Hey Eric, good to see you!
    Did we just get ripped off again?

  229. Lad 9 says:

    Nope. Good call. Lets get him in now!

  230. Jandy says:

    I told ya, I’m on a bit of a roll today lol

  231. Jandy says:

    OK I’ll settle then :)

  232. Eric Bowser says:

    hi Jandy – proud day, eh

  233. Jandy says:

    And Petey takes care of business!

  234. Eric Bowser says:

    Look out… BOMB by Pedro!

  235. JRay3 says:

    #35 a no doubter for Pedro who now has 99 RBI’s way to go El Toro!

  236. florida steeler says:

    Way to go Pedro!!!

  237. Jandy says:

    Hell yeah, Eric!! Your son…you must be proud :)

  238. Barb says:

    El Toro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Homer is going home!

  239. Thanks Pedro for finally hitting that one! 4-1 Bucs and no outs.

  240. Lad 9 says:

    No doubt about that one. And did you see that emotion!

  241. KenKopp says:

    El Torro! No review needed there.

  242. The Gunner says:

    Pedro has awoke!! Fantastic!!!

  243. Jandy says:

    dayum straight!

  244. JRay3 says:

    Pirates chase Bailey early tonight, team has very good focus at plate tonight, hopefully a good sign leading into the postseason.

  245. florida steeler says:

    Let’s hope Hurdle keeps a very careful eye on AJ. We know what he has done in the past–all to often.

  246. Jandy says:

    sure did :)

  247. Jandy says:

    And Simon walks Russell

  248. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Was just about to post how Pedro is running out of time to get on one of his famed hot streaks, as it looked like he was cruising towards another ineffective AB. Thanks for shutting me up, Pedro. If he can get on a hot streak this weekend and carry it for a couple of weeks, all bets are off regarding how far the Buccos can go. He can carry the offense. No, one HR doesn’t mean he’s officially on a tear, but let’s see how his AB’s look in the next couple of games.

  249. theplanisworking says:

    Baker is so upset, he ordered his pitcher to hit HIM !!!

    I missed all the excitement, but read it here.

  250. Jandy says:

    Congrats :)

  251. Jandy says:

    Planimal! :)

  252. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Bowler. ;)

  253. Jandy says:


    I’m STILL laughing over that one…

  254. Brandie says:

    Fuel Perks and Jumbo Sammiches for all!

  255. The Gunner says:

    It’s about time AJ got some offensive support. Now, he has to continue to keep holding off the Reds.

  256. Lad 9 says:

    DA PLAN, DA PLAN. It’s the Crüe!

  257. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Laddy!

    How are ya this fine evening?

  258. theplanisworking says:

    I saw a leaf bowler on sale at Lowes today.

    I should have gotten it for you.
    Its best feature is the way it bowls leafs at the pins.


  259. Kevin says:

    I hope Pedro gets hot now. That would be fantastic

  260. Chuck H says:

    Glad my negative blog woke up the team to a certain extent, but why is Barmes playing
    instead of Mercer? Bucs could look better.

  261. Barb says:

    I will on all three.

  262. Lad 9 says:

    Doing great! Good week in spite of a ton of work. How is the Pond treating you my friend?

  263. KenKopp says:

    Think about how much AJ has meant to this ride. He brought an attitude and a humility to that clubhouse. We sit here and blog, but he has had an affect on this team in a positive manner. And if had had some run support the last TWO years what would his record be? Good Dude. If we can sign him next year at a decent price I’m all in.

  264. Jandy says:

    LOL smart azz :P

  265. The Gunner says:

    AJ’s pitch count is at 73 thru 6 innings. He is well positioned to go deep into this game.

  266. Barb says:

    I would rather have Barmes’ glove but I wish he had Mercer’s bat. Can’t have everything oh well.

  267. 21sthebest says:

    The answer my friend, is bowling in the wind

  268. Jandy says:


  269. Jandy says:

    Oh Lord…work…it was nasty today…glad it’s Friday!

  270. Jandy says:


  271. theplanisworking says:

    Doing fine.
    Watching 2 different TV shows, and peeking in here occasionally .

    Glad to see “everybody’s favorite whipping boy” Pedro get a big HR.

    AJ just needs to keep on doing what he has been doing so far tonight.

    I am just afraid that Dustball will start escalating the beanballs, and we will react poorly, like last friday. But I hope I am wrong.

  272. Jandy says:

    woop woop!

  273. The Gunner says:

    I agree with you 1000%!!!!!

  274. theplanisworking says:

    Wrong day for the camel…………

  275. Jandy says:

    any day is a good day for the camel :P

  276. Barb says:

    What are ya watching my good Hippo?

  277. theplanisworking says:

    Not touching that, or the blowing league.

    You are bad today! ;)

  278. KenKopp says:

    +++++++ We are in the playoffs. Everybody else ain’t. Positive vibes from here on out or go to Houston, Miami, NY (Hee, Hee). Enough said.

  279. JRay3 says:

    AJ looks to be in rear form, seven solid turned in by Burnett.

    Reds scuffling just 6 runs in their 34 innings.

  280. theplanisworking says:

    Undercover Boss.

    One day the gimmick will be revealed, and an employee will open a can of whoop ass on the Boss.


  281. Jandy says:

    not bad, just on a Jandy Typo roll lol
    Oh my Lord, I was mortified when I saw what I actually typed…then I started laughing and just couldn’t quit lol

  282. theplanisworking says:

    maybe the camel bl…………. never mind! ;)

  283. Barb says:

    A little birdie told me that Byrd is the word.

  284. theplanisworking says:

    Forgot about this………..

    Pedro’s HR tonight makes him the single-season leader for HR’s by a Pirate third baseman.

  285. KenKopp says:

    Byrd Man! Hunnington sucks at picking up players at the deadline. GM of the year?

  286. tdb1977 says:

    Looks like Pedro is starting to see the ball well again tonight. A good sign for the weekend and hopefully for the next 4 weeks to go.

  287. The Gunner says:

    I think you mean rare form. Let’s all hope AJ can go the distance!

  288. theplanisworking says:

    + many HR’s

  289. KenKopp says:

    AJ is one bad a..!

  290. theplanisworking says:

    Reds helping us, and AJ out by swinging early. :)

  291. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Cubs are lying down and dying.

    Sounds like their manager is on the outs as well.

  292. tcb says:

    This could be AJ’s final start for the Bucs. That would be a shame.

  293. theplanisworking says:

    There are many reasons they havent won a WS since 1908.
    Or been to one since 1945.

  294. JohninOshkosh says:

    One more reason to have a divisional series!

  295. Eric Bowser says:

    There’s something to be said when the opposing pitcher goes 9 innings… come on Clint, play the mental card and let AJ start the 9th.

  296. Steelag70 says:

    AJ says STFD!!!

  297. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, I knew it was far fetched, having both a Cubs and Pirates sweep this weekend. Would’ve been nice to keep the fantasy going until the penultimate game. The Cubs have checked out, though.

  298. theplanisworking says:

    Sveum is gone………… maybe Girardi coming in?

  299. irishjim says:

    AJ was just #hurdled

  300. KenKopp says:

    I do not like this decision. Let AJ start the inning with a short leash. But hey Clint knows what he is doing. Manager Of The year

  301. JohninOshkosh says:

    Girardi, Scioscia and Gardenhire all rumored as possibilities.

  302. The Gunner says:

    AJ is a real pro & a fiery competitor. He has the Don Hoak type of mentality. He certainly deserved an opportunity to start the 9th inning.

  303. Patrick(ri) says:

    A series this important and the best mlb can do is a crew with Diaz on it??

  304. Lad 9 says:

    Terrible call hurts us again.

  305. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You Laz Diaz for screwing us over.

    Dont forget to pick up your envelope from Dusty after the game.

  306. theplanisworking says:

    A double play!
    Justice is served.


  307. Lad 9 says:

    Yes!!! Thank you moron for swinging at that pitch.

  308. J Walter Weatherman says:

    CH is taking a huge gamble rolling with Grilli as the closer at this point of the year. Hoping for the best, but believe Melancon and Watson are better options. Also, I agree with those who thought AJ should’ve stayed in. Would’ve made a statement.

    3 run lead against the Reds in the 9th on a Friday night.. Let’s pray for a different outcome.

  309. Jandy says:

    Raise the jolly blower!!!!!

  310. theplanisworking says:


    Great performance by AJ, and Pedro.

  311. Lad 9 says:

    Raise it! Grilli overcomes the Laz Diaz effect and closes it out. Great game.

  312. Jandy says:


  313. Lad 9 says:

    LMAO. Awesome Jandy!

  314. Barb says:

    Raise the Jolly Roger!!!!!!!! One more win and we can have the wild card game at PNC Park.

  315. irishjim says:

    These umps are damn negligent. This guy and CB Buckner should be collecting unemployment.

  316. JRay3 says:

    And that’s the ball game, just need to split final two to earn right to play Tuesday’s game at PNC.

    Great final start of the year from AJ Burnett, big hit from Pedro Alvarez good night all around for the Buccos.

  317. Jandy says:

    Let’s do it Bucs!!!!

  318. Barb says:

    Well friends I must turn in before I turn into a pumpkin. A lot to do tomorrow. Have a good one.

  319. Wild Bill says:

    Raising the Roger from San Francisco area! One more for the home game!

  320. theplanisworking says:

    Dont forget your camel too. ;)

  321. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Let’s take down Arroyo tomorrow and wrap up home field for WC game.

  322. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hurdle is managing a playoff team here fighting for a home game. He has to make moves accordingly.

    This is hardly JR removing Zach Duke with two outs in the ninth.

  323. Jandy says:

    woop woop!!!!

  324. JohninOshkosh says:

    Who rests on Sunday if the Bucs wrap the home spot tomorrow ? Everybody, lol.

  325. Jandy says:

    night barb :)

  326. theplanisworking says:


    Russell should have been fired that very day.
    But, the mattress companies needed him more.


  327. The Gunner says:


    I agree with you, AJ should have definitely started the 9th. Going to Grilli worked out for CH tonight, though.

    Let’s hope Brother Morton pitches another gem tomorrow.

  328. Jandy says:

    I am off to bed too…good night Loonies!!!!!

  329. Steelag70 says:

    Uno mas!!!!

  330. JohninOshkosh says:

    por favor!

  331. theplanisworking says:

    Night Nun.

  332. JohninOshkosh says:

    Then we would have never been treated to the funtime, happy season of 2010! :)

  333. Jim S. says:

    One of the best games the Bucs have played all year on the road produces a 4-1 victory.

    I have criticized AJ for occasionally being selfish on the mound. Not tonight. I felt he had every right to be angry for being taken out at 89 pitches and on total cruise control, lock down mode. But, after some initial disappointment in the dugout, he responded well.

    Grilli pitched a great 9th – especially after the deliberate bad 3rd strike swing on Votto. That was a total reputation call. The kind of call Votto gets and Cutch never gets. Wait a minute, no one else gets to take an almost full cut at a ball and still have it called no swing. I am so angry at that, even though we won. Oh well, it didn’t hurt us.

    Marlon Byrd was huge at the plate. Pedro was huge at the plate. Marte made a ridiculous play in LF. Cutch is scuffling now, but he’ll snap back tomorrow I think. The infield defense was terrific.

    Just a great win and start to this series. Go Bucs! Tomorrow we earn the home game in #163.

  334. theplanisworking says:

    Good Times!

  335. florida steeler says:

    Laz Diaz is an AWFUL umpire–at least we won’t see him behind the plate.

  336. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe with Bud-less retiring, finally the umpiring issue can be addressed!

  337. The Gunner says:

    Sounds like you are getting onto the bandwagon, Walt

  338. Jim S. says:

    Did anyone check to see if the 3b ump got Votto’s autograph after the game? It was obvious he held Votto in high regard. I don’t like to complain about stuff like that very much, but I don’t recall the last time I saw such an overt bad call.

  339. John Lease says:

    One more.

    Just one.

    I love Pedro being pumped.

  340. Lad 9 says:

    Jim AJ was actually at 99 pitches and has regularly turned into a pumpkin at 100 pitches. That being said, I would have ran him out there in the ninth – and I would have been wrong.

  341. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Got the first one……Let’s get the second one AND the last one!

  342. theplanisworking says:

    Bucknor’s call last night was even worse……… the players tagged the runner with his hand……. no ball in it !!! And, he called him out!

  343. Jim S. says:

    Nice game by Phillips. When ever we really needed an out (or sometimes 2), he was there for us. Thank you, Brandon!

  344. Jim S. says:

    Pedro crushed that HR. Had to be 440′. And a nice shot into CF as well.

  345. Jim S. says:

    My typo, Lad. I meant 99. But, that was 99 spread over 8. No tough innings at all. He was cruising. Lots of easy outs. But, I trust Clint. He gets it right far more than he gets it wrong, and he gets it right far more than I would. He is my Manager of the Year. I guess I just wanted to see a statement CG by AJ. But, Grilli was terrific.

  346. theplanisworking says:

    racist! ;)

  347. theplanisworking says:

    I say they win tomorrow………. so they can rest Sunday!

  348. KenKopp says:

    Night all. Sweet dreams of late October. Morning DK.Java time.

  349. theplanisworking says:

    Estimated 443′

    When it goes that far, it doesnt matter !!

  350. chethejet says:

    Great game and great win. Win one out of two and see everyone Tuesday at PNC. Bucs can beat Atlanta if that is who they play. But I will take anyone just win the playoff game.

  351. Jim S. says:

    I said this morning that I felt good about tonight and this whole weekend. I predicted AJ would go 7 strong, allowing 2 runs to lead the Bucs to a 4-2 win. AJ actually pitched even better, going 8 innings with 1 run allowed in 4-1 win for the good guys.

    I’m not boasting. I’m usually wrong in my predictions, but happy to say I was on the mark for a change. Now, tomorrow we can go out and erase all effects of that awful game from last Friday.

    I fully expect this team to win on Tuesday, regardless of whether it is a home game or not. I just think we are a better team than the Reds. I hope we prove it.

  352. JD says:

    - 365

    Relax dude. Chill.

  353. JD says:

    Clint made the right call there.

  354. Dave G says:


    Had a GREAT time at the game.

    1) AJ rocked. I was watching the balls-to-strikes ratio through the innings and AJ was hovering around 1 ball per 2 strikes. Bailey was almost even.
    2) Marte’s catch. Amazing.
    3) Pedro’s home run. The trajectory was fairly low. That was a true cannonball. Turned to the guy next to me and said ‘that had to be about 440 feet.’ Spot on.
    4) AJ batting in the 7th. Thought a complete game was forthcoming, but worked out well with Grilli.
    5) Fireworks night in Cincy. Most of them provided by our Buccos.
    6) (To Jim S: the Reds fans were indeed very gracious. Not even a sign of a problem at Great American.

    One win to go… playoff baseball back in the ‘Burgh!

  355. Baywatch says:

    Woo-Hoo! Home from work, CHECKIN’ OUT those highlights!

  356. cmat0829 says:

    RAISE IT… in San Franscisco for the weekend, relied on MLB At Bat on my smart phone to follow the game with Greg and Bob… excellent radio call by Greg…very descriptive. I don’t listen to audio very often and he really painted the picture for me. Was walking around the city nervously and exhaled when Pedro hit the bomb.

    KEEP THE FRIGGIN FAITH! Let’s clinch this tomorrow and bring the playoffs to PNC PARK….

  357. Jandy says:

    Good stuff, isn’t it, Bay? :)

  358. Jandy says:

    Well, Dave G, you had one heckuva game to watch there, and you brought home the W :)
    Good job!
    Was the guy next to you a Buccos fan as well? Just curious.
    440′ CanonBomb by Pedro ~ sweet!

  359. Jandy says:

    Zactly, when something goes wrong (and it usually does then we lose our momentum and lose the game.
    Clint got it right.

  360. Dave G says:

    Nope. A Reds fan who was there with his elderly father.

  361. Tom P. says:

    Jim, I tend to agree that the Pirates are better than the Reds. Other than the ninth inning last Friday, and the game Sunday that Locke started, the Reds have not hit much all week. I think the Pirates have the advantage against their bats both Saturday and Sunday with Morton and Cole pitching. Then if Liriano pitches Tuesday at PNC, you have to like the Pirates chances there, too.

  362. Tom P. says:

    With the win last night, the Pirates guaranteed that they will finish no worse than .500 in their last 54 games of the regular season. They are currently 27-25 in their last 52.

    That is not good enough to win the division, but it is not the collapse that occurred the last two years and was regularly discussed this year. (My guess is that most of the folks on the blog at least thought about it if they did not mention it out loud.)

  363. Jandy says:

    that’s cool :)

  364. Jandy says:

    good update, TomP lol thanks :)
    have a great day…

  365. Drew71 says:

    I have nothing Piratey to complain about this morning.

    So what do I do now?

  366. Patrick(RI) says:

    There is always soccer and DK never sleeps.

  367. Drew71 says:


  368. John Lease says:

    Now, THAT made me laugh!

    Hopefully a win today, followed by Jared Hughes beaning Phillips tomorrow.

    Yeah, I’d like that.

  369. Naje says:

    Count (ahem) your blessings.

  370. Jandy has potato salad for us, Drew.

  371. theplanisworking says:


  372. You don’t like potato salad?

  373. theplanisworking says:

    I thought Jandy made macaroni salad.

    I like them both.

  374. You’re right. Macaroni salad.

    Too much excitement.

    Worse than Dan Quayle. At least I spelled it right.

  375. 21sthebest says:

    Manufacture something.

  376. theplanisworking says:

    Dan Quayle.

    Now that is a name from the past……………………. insert punchline here!

  377. Drew71 says:

    Freaking Hurdle.

  378. Arriba Wilver says:

    I saw in the past couple days here that some Yankee fans said you can’t count on AJ for the games that count because he’d wilt.

    I think we can check that one off.

  379. War Horse says:

    Shortly after the Cardinals clinched the Division title yesterday, a reporter asked their starter Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) what he thought. “We wanted to win the Central,” said Lynn. “We had to face that Wild Card Game last year, and it’s not a fun game to be a part of. You have two good teams that are deserving of being in the playoffs in that Wild Card Game and only one wins. We didn’t want to be a part of that.”
    Who could blame any of the Cardinals for thinking that as they went into August and September? They had the experience of last year’s WC fight. If the inexperienced Pirates had won a few more games in August and September, they might have made it where the Cardinals finished. But that’s water under the bridges.
    I fear that failure to get past Cincinnati–today, tomorrow and Tuesday–will end up being our last chance for longer than we may suspect. The team is as strong as any in the NL, but it is not likely to be as strong and talented next year. We are not likely to have Byrd, Morneau, A.J. and some of the others who make this such a strong team back again.

  380. Tom P. says:

    You too. Enjoy your granddaughter’s birthday party. Save some macaroni salad for the rest of us.

  381. Tom P. says:

    I was thinking something similar. It takes at least 90 wins to make the wild card game. The Pirates went 15-5 in Interleague Games this year. They are not likely to do that again. The Brewers will be better. The Cardinals and Reds are always tough. The Pirates will be good next year, but we will be on the edge of our seats all summer trying to make the playoffs, which is a good place to be.

  382. War Horse says:

    You have to hand it to the front office for getting Byrd and Morneau, if only for the final push. I am not a fan of this management team, except for Hurdle, in whom I trust, but he, too, is fallible, like us all. Nutting is singularly responsible for allowing the team to drift into mediocrity for all those years while, at the same time, helping to make the rich investors richer. Forgiveness may be divine, but the only thing the would forgive Nutting and his crowd of investors, in my mind, would be a WS chance. (And two tickets for every regular on this blog.)

  383. cmat0829 says:

    I DO think it is tough to make the playoffs and so we need to make hay now that we are in and unlike the Nats last year, we can’t just assume we will get in again next year.

    I DO NOT think that not having Byrd or Morneau will make any difference to how the 2014 team fares; I DO think AJ is important and Bucs should try to sign him, but I also think we are in good shape in the rotation even without him.

    Let’s not just assume pessimistically that the Bucs will take a step back in 2014 and the Reds or Cards won’t, especially the Reds. There is as much room for upside on this team as there is downside, and once the offseason hits we can start debating them (when does Taillon/Polanco arrive, which FA pitchers will the Bucs target if AJ retires, who are they gonna get to play RF & maybe 1B, etc.)

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