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Morning Java: Greatest baseball crowd ‘ever … anywhere’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Wednesday column from PNC Park celebrates the greatest baseball crowd ever. And that’s not according to just me. Ask the Pirates’ veterans and even a couple of the Reds.

And here’s my tour of the postgame, champagne-soaked clubhouse, with interviews mixed in there of Russell Martin, Clint Hurdle, Ray Searage, Marlon Byrd and A.J. Burnett. Think you’ll like this one …

A game story that’s ‘Worth the wait,’ by beat man Rob Biertempfel.

Francisco Liriano was masterful through a sinus infection, by Travis Sawchik.

The game slipped out of Johnny Cueto’s hand, too, by Karen Price.

Those Stargell stars were Jeff Banister’s idea, by Biertempfel.

The pregame buildup is covered by Tony La Russa and Chris Togneri.

And man, did our photo staff knock it out of the park. There are two photo galleries, one for the game, the other for the scene as a whole. You must click on these.

Here are a couple samples, the first from our Andrew Russell

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This panoramic rotunda shot by Philip G. Pavely

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Cutch and Mrs. Cutch after her rousing anthem, by Chris Horner

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And Walker’s RBI double to left, by Chaz Palla

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Here’s our full Pirates coverage.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here are official game highlights from MLB.com. And if you want to skip right through to the phenomenal Cueto-Martin sequence, you’re welcome.

>> The Steelers address their lack of tackling, by Mark Kaboly.

They also address Mike Tomlin talking of job loss, by Ralph Paulk.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including an update on Ben Roethlisberger’s finger.

Here are official game highlights from NFL.com.

>> The iffy goaltending is examined by Josh Yohe as part of our weeklong Penguins season preview.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage, with always welcome Olli Maatta stuff.

Pucks opened last night with a nice trio of games, not least of which was a rousing Jets-Oilers clash I was able to catch for at least the third period. Here are official game highlights from NHL.com.

>> The TribLIVE Radio show will air from 2-3 p.m., featuring talk on all three teams.

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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