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Morning Java: Fifteen to go

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Thursday column off Game 1 comes in praise of Dan Bylsma, the playoff coaching wizard. For Game 1, anyway.

The game story, by beat man Rob Rossi.

The Columbus perspective, by Jason Mackey.

Play of the game, by Chris Adamski, of course, was Brandon Sutter’s goal, described in the video below by the Canadian legend Bob Cole, who’s been on air since 1969 and will retire after these playoffs:

Gary Bettman in the house, by Rossi.

The city coffers benefit big-time, by Bob Bauder.

Other news and notes, by Adamski.

Blogginess from the scene: Not wild about Todd Richards’ demeanor so far. I get that he’s a rookie coach as far as playoffs go, but there’s no point in saying this about his Blue Jackets after the game: ‘We aren’t here just to go to school. We’re here to win.’ Uh, who’d  have thought any less of the legit No. 7 seed in the conference? … I’d love to see the NHL adopt an NFL-style review for plays that happen in games that aren’t called penalties and aren’t suspension-worthy but could still merit fines. Case in point was Brandon Dubinsky’s ridiculous slew-foot of Sidney Crosby. … Man, what a wonderful hockey player Matt Niskanen is becoming, huh? Just think of all those dollar signs being attached to every performance like this one. … Niskanen and Paul Martin need to be on the power play. Do what you have to from there. … I don’t see or understand the Brian Gibbons thing. … Crosby’s keeping a healthy approach about when and how he’s used by Bylsma in matchups: ‘Whenever Dan tells me to get out  there, it doesn’t matter. You get ready to compete. What makes you successful against Dubinsky is the same thing that makes you successful against Johansen.’ … MIA for Pittsburgh: Chris Kunitz, no points, minus-2, lots of unambitious plays. MIA for Columbus: Ryan Johansen, a 33-goal scorer with no points and three shots. … Am I the only one who thought Sergei Bobrovsky actually played worse than his line? Visible lack of confidence at times. … Expect R.J. Umberger to be back for the Jackets in Game 2. … Columbus wound up with a 48-27 edge in hits. The Jackets also had two giveaways to the Penguins’ 10. … That gold-out was a failure. The number of people who showed up wearing gold, from what I saw outside, couldn’t have been as high as 5 percent. And the feel with the freebie T-shirts … eh. Just forget it. We are who we are. Give us towels.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, our Chipped Ice blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Blue Jackets news from the team’s official site, including this neat video of old friend Mark Letestu mic’d up for the game.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

>> Yesterday’s TribLIVE Radio podcast began with your calls on Penguins-Jackets, the Pirates’ speed bumps, the Steelers’ draft and more, and here’s video of that segment …

>> Johnny Cueto could be taunting the Pirates after shutting them out. Travis Sawchik reports from Great American Band Box.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading. I’ll cover the Pirates’ return to PNC Park today and write a Friday column from there.

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.

Comments

  1. JW says:

    “We are who we are. Give us towels.”

    You don’t even have to give us towels. Just ask us to bring the ones we already own.

  2. Brandie says:

    Wonderful column. I take heart that, at least for one game, Bylsma got it. Teams are going to take it to the Pens physically and he, as a coach, has to respond in ways appropriate to place the team in the best position to win.

    That being said, team needs to tighten up the discipline and respond to the physicality by playing smart, controlled hockey. Respond. No need to retaliate.

  3. Emily says:

    I did like the quote on the shirts, though!
    As for the Bucs, Cueto got this one, but I fully expect us to beat him next time he’s at PNC. The Cueeee-tooo! chant will live in infamy.

  4. SheckyW says:

    It was weird watching Disco make in game adjustments. Flower looked sharp. Bob was weak. On some shots, he never got set. Scuds was horrible (not looking like a good signing), but Dan will ride him to the end. Nisky was fantastic. I hated him when we got him, but man, has he evolved this year. Pens will take the series, but I see a team that is not built for playoffs. No surprise there. They have enough talent to overcome lineup deficiencies, but hard to do that for 16 Ws. Still… you never know. “Keep on rockin’ in the free world”.

  5. cherokee23 says:

    Nice column! DK mentioned Gibbons in the blog, and his name comes up often in the comments. I don’t understand the disrespect he gets. He may not be best suited for a first line, but all the guy has done for several weeks is play effective hockey & draw penalties

  6. JAL says:

    JAL’s Standing in the Shadows of Love Morning Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oSYhNVaHwY

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dDNkaWxFNWIwNDVUQzEwYXp5SlpGNkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

    4 Pirates Prospects

    Pittsburgh Pirates Organizational Probable Pitching Chart

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/probable-pitchers

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Tyler Glasnow Brings Heat in Extended Spring Training Start

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/tyler-glasnow-brings-heat-in-extended-spring-training-start.html

    Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/do-kendrys-morales-and-stephen-drew-make-sense-for-the-pirates.html

    Jose Tabata Leaves Wednesday’s Game With Concussion-Like Symptoms

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jose-tabata-leaves-tuesdays-game-with-concussion-like-symptoms.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Cueto Stifles Pirates, Strikes Out 12 in 4-0 Shutout

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/4/16/5622458/cueto-stifles-pirates-strikes-out-12-in-4-0-shutout

    7 Rumbunter

    Johnny Cueto Gets Revenge Against Pirates

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/04/16/johnny-cueto-gets-revenge-pirates/

    Pirates Fans Get to Welcome Brewers, Ryan Braun

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/04/16/ryan-braun-milwaukee-brewers-welcome-to-pnc-park/

    8 Green Weenie

    Cueto Cuts Down Pirates 4-0

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/04/cueto-cuts-down-pirates-4-0.html

    4/16: Deacon, Big Poison, Triple Play, The Great One, Jose DeLeon, Grand Slams & More…

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/04/416-deacon-big-poison-triple-play-great.html

    9 WHYGAVS

    Game 15: Reds 4 Pirates 0

    http://whygavs.com/april-2014/game-15-reds-4-pirates-0.html

    10 Pirates 101

    Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Below .500 for First Time in 363 Days

    http://www.sportsmedia101.com/pittsburghpirates/2014/04/16/pittsburgh-pirates-fall-below-500-for-first-time-in-363-days/

  7. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 CBS Sports

    Pirates vs Brewers Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20140417_MIL@PIT/brewers-pirates-preview

    12 Chicago Sun Times

    Cubs shut out in doubleheader for first time since 1962

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/26891808-573/cubs-shut-out-in-doubleheader-for-first-time-since-1962.html#.U0-x3EC8Bs4

    13 USA Today

    Pirates catcher on home-plate call: ‘I’d rather get hit’

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/04/16/reds-pirates-confused-on-block-the-plate-call/7795015/

    14 Pirates Site

    Pirates can’t back Liriano, blanked by Reds’ Cueto

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_04_16_pitmlb_cinmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=pit

    Tabata crashes into wall on catch, exits with injury

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/pit/pirates-outfielder-jose-tabata-crashes-into-wall-diagnosed-with-mild-concussion-like-symptoms?ymd=20140416&content_id=72279120&vkey=news_pit

    15 SB Nation

    Pictures of baseball-related failure

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/4/16/5621362/baseball-pictures-errors-derp-come-at-me-bro-underwear

    16 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Doc: In baseball, patience is everything

    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-daugherty/2014/04/16/doc-daugherty-baseball-patience-everything-reds/7791899/

    17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Dashing St. Louis’ hopes for a sweep

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/brewers-turns-tables-on-cardinals-to-avoid-sweep-b99249149z1-255547541.html

    18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    If Kelly is down, what are Cards’ options?

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/if-kelly-is-down-what-are-cards-options/article_f4565725-2d01-5ff6-b3f7-7e60e97ee20b.html

    19 Fangraphs

    The Strike Zone is (Still) Getting More Consistent

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-strike-zone-is-still-getting-more-consistent/

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    The Call-Up George Springer

  8. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Adam Podlesh probably won’t lead the Steelers to the Super Bowl

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/4/16/5621296/adam-podlesh-probably-wont-lead-the-steelers-to-the-super-bowl

    Aldon Smith’s legal troubles present opening for draft day trade with Pittsburgh

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014-nfl-draft/2014/4/16/5620064/aldon-smith-arrested-suspension-49ers-draft-day-trade

    Soccer(football)

    22 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    Premier League Creativity: David Silva, Suarez & Hernandez

    https://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/football/premier-league-creativity-david-silva-suarez-hernandez

    23 BBC Football

    Draw hits Man City title hopes
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26716896

    Palace dent Everton’s top-four hopes

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26716889

    24 World Soccer

    Best goals of the month – March 2014

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/goals/goals-march-2014

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Game 1 Recap: Pens rally back to beat Blue Jackets 4-3

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2014/4/16/5623072/game-1-recap-penguins-blue-jackets-nhl-playoffs-2014

  9. Jandy says:

    :exhale:

    After the first period I was so upset, I was going to turn the game off. But I kicked myself (with my own size 9 wides) and did what we as fans should do: watch and support for the duration. Glad I did, but man, my heart was racing like crazy.
    I hope the game tomorrow isn’t as hard on me.
    Buckle up, Baby!

  10. likeabugonarug says:

    Don’t worry, Jandy. Tomorrow will be easy on ya since the next game isn’t until Saturday. :-)

    Kevin

  11. Jandy says:

    LOL! OOOpps, I just assumed it was tomorrow because the games SHOULD be every other day. I have to remind myself we’re in a Garage League :)
    Thanks, friend.

  12. Rbilak says:

    Hooray for Dan who finally held a star semi-accountable. Kris Letang played a selfish game. But for he first time , Dan realized the Malkin, Letang duo on the point SUCKS. Too much undisciplined passing and a complete failure to recognize game situations. As for Gibbons, not a fan either, but at least I saw effort and he does add to penalty kill. Scuderi was horrible and it is not gonna change. Maybe Dan’s new found ability to recognize talent over money will result in a change and Bortuzzo will introduce himself to Dubinsky. Last point on Nisky, HEY SHERO, wake up, no contract to Orpik and buy out Scuderi and sign the guy. That is how you can afford it.

  13. I would certainly hope that the Pens will play better against Columbus on Saturday night than they did last night when they were out shot 48-25 and nearly blew it.

  14. d says:

    Before everyone decides to hand the Cup over to the Pens and proclaim Disco Dani as the next Scotty Bowman after ONE very shaky game, you need to realize that there is still a long way to go in this series! Besides, I think whatever “decisions” Disco Dani is making are coming from J. Martin…just sayin :)

  15. Sarah says:

    Where did you see those totals?

  16. GAWTS2009 says:

    We need a like button. So many comments I like today

  17. Wild Bill says:

    d, where you been, man?

  18. Sarah says:

    What are the rules today?
    Can we express frustration?

    Or only positives?

  19. radio wave says:

    Is it too early to say must win weekend? If Bucs are swept, eight games back.

  20. BillyBaduka says:

    It looks like the hits stats that DK references above (48-27)

  21. d says:

    I believe you can only express frustration if it is in a very positive and upbeat manner that paints the Pens and Disco Dani in praise! The Pens are very fragile this time of year.

  22. Wild Bill says:

    Really liked DKs column today, and thought it contained a really good summation of the good and the bad of last night. Ice specially was grateful for the understanding that forwards have responsibilities in the d zone, especially when guys like Johnson are coming right down the slot. Two of our d men can’t cover four guys.

    Flower stronger as the game went on, and Bob, less so. Sooner or later, Columbus’ d men will have to start worrying more about protecting their goal.

  23. Jandy says:

    The Disco Dani is very immature. So don’t expect me to take anything you say seriously.
    smh

  24. Wild Bill says:

    “Ice”? Try “I was”. Jandhi disease.

  25. Jandy says:

    there is no cure! Bwahahahahahaha! ;)

  26. Wild Bill says:

    Or “I especially”. Not Jandhi disease; dang auto correct!

  27. Baywatch says:

    Radio, the prospect of Tabata being on the DL sorta bothers me. I know he’s yet to start hitting, but that JHay has been really lost at the plate. Sheesh, whatever happened to the day when EVERYBODY had a Rusty Staub, Gates Brown, Manny Mota, Darrell Evans, BILL ROBINSON & MIKE “HIT MAN” EASLER?

  28. Baywatch says:

    Mohatma Jandhi!

  29. Wild Bill says:

    Greetings, Bay!

  30. Jandy says:

    lol Wild One!

    Hey Bayman! :D

  31. Jandy says:

    We’ve been asking for one of those for a looooongg time!

  32. Sarah says:

    Yeah I think the shots were about even at 31 or so

  33. A1C McG says:

    ok real quick good note, i love the third line i honestly would put bennet, sutter and stemp aginst staal, cooke and kennedy any day. bennet > staal offensively, sutter > kennedy shooting, and stemp > cooke offensively and quicker too. that being said i have to ask something that may have been brought up on here before. What is up with the fans? 1 goal game in the playoffs and people are leaving to beat traffic? i was looking for a consistent pulse last night and it seems like the energy is not what is has been in yrs past. i am afraid that with raised ticket prices the games are being attended by a group of people who are better suited to watch a romantic comedy than an intense playoff game between two teams starting what could be an epic rivalry. maybe its just me and maybe im a little old school but i go to a game but i spend more time standing and cheering than sitting down pondering the meaning of life or reading the great works of Plato. i would do anything to get those $1000 glass seats to sit there and bang on the glass at CEC the entire game standing and screaming. I am still in dayton and took in a jackets game a couple weeks ago, they crushed the isle 4-1 and no one wanted to leave people stood the entire time it was nuts and exactly what playoff hockey should be. If the fans dont change then the home ice advantage is for columbus and not pittsburgh. if you dont believe me wait til game 3 when the roof of nationwide arena gets blown into orbit. it will be less crazy than Philly but a lot more than most of the teams in the East.

  34. Wild Bill says:

    They’d make 4 or 5 mil now and be deemed too expensive by those who worry about the Pirates’ severely limited finances.

  35. Sarah says:

    Positives|
    Geno is in beast mode, looks like the injury rest did him good.

    MAF held it together very well after being hung out to dry a few times.

    Sid did not get injured in all the slew footing, despite Dubi somehow getting out there for 10:50 of Sid’s ES 14 mins.

    Bylsma managed to avoid a 100% matchup with Dubi and Sid, so yay for Last Change!

    BB is skilled enough to overcome being taken off the PP for scoring a PP goal, getting demoted to 3rd line and given 5 mins TOI for 2nd and 3rd periods, and using 1 of his 3 total shifts in the third to spring Sutter with a ridiculous pass for the GWG.

  36. radio wave says:

    Addition by subtraction.

  37. Jandy says:

    I don’t get some of the BB bashing that was going on last night. I’m glad you gave him some love, Sarahpova. The kid busted his cajones last night when he was given the chance. The hit he rocked that CBJ with in the first period was awesome. Didn’t know he had it in him!

  38. BillyBaduka says:

    That sounds right to me.

  39. hockeymonster says:

    If disco really wants opposing coaches heads to explode he can go with 2 units on the PP getting an even minute each. Niskies emergence almost mandates it.

    PP1: kuni-sid-geno, nisky-PM
    PP2: real deal-sutter-jokinen, tanger-maatta

    You can blend in BB on 2nd unit as well.

  40. Jandy says:

    shots by period

    CBJ PITT
    1st 13 12
    2nd 12 10
    3rd 9 10
    Total 34 32

  41. hockeymonster says:

    Sarah, constructive criticism only! :)

  42. GAWTS2009 says:

    I completely disagree about this third line being better than the one before. However, I’ve never given it much thought. I’d say by the way sutter and Bennett has been playing you have an argument but as history suggests this line is just not better. The old line was consistent, healthy, and shutdown opponents. We need only to bring up that line almost carried us for two years in the playoffs (when Crosby and malkin was hurt, and that terrible philly meltdown by everyone but Staal).

    Wouldn’t we all want to be in those glass seats though! I keep telling myself someday…someday

  43. DJ says:

    Road sign: Welcome to Pittsburgh, Home of the Swinging Black, White or Semi-Gold/Mustard Towel!

  44. hockeymonster says:

    BB made a couple rushed passes into the middle instead of eating the puck on the boards or going with a safe chip off the boards or glass. Overall i thought he, PM, tanger and everyone else sans kuni got better as the game went on. Kuni looked like he was draggin a bit. Hope he’s ok. Jussi was making a ton of lil plays all over the ice.

    Sarah, changing on the fly in still allowed so we just need accept sid will play against good players.

  45. Arriba Wilver says:

    +++

  46. Jandy says:

    whatever color it is….JUST SWING IT!!!!!

  47. hockeymonster says:

    This is coming from someone who exclaims random “POOPS” :)

  48. hockeymonster says:

    Brandie, do you concur? :)

  49. Jandy says:

    C’mon Monster Mash, don’t feed that mentality. Get real.

    Dicso Dani…please.
    Don’t even start! >:<

  50. DJ says:

    Say what you want about Gibby — and we certainly have here in the past — but he played a helluva game last night. Played tough, with energy and speed, forechecked hard, created chances and had one golden opportunity just miss.

    Not saying he’s the second coming or that Bennett or Stemp shouldn’t get opportunities but the little guy played well last night.

  51. GAWTS2009 says:

    Just don’t give me a dislike button. I’d abuse it!

  52. hockeymonster says:

    Oops, forgot to mention breaking up sid and geno would be a wrinkle teams wouldn’t expect but not sure those 2 want to be separated.

  53. GAWTS2009 says:

    I have thought he’s played well. He is always a threat to pull away for a breakaway. Speed KILLS! I can’t wait for him to draw a much needed PP in a close game. But that being said I like Bennett on the first line. The little one Looked great on the PK. But even Adams looked like he and Crosby switched sweaters on the one PK. I like the heart Adams and Gibbons showed last night. Granted I only got to watch the third period. Stupid group projects.

  54. DJ says:

    We were very fortunate to win last night. Would not be surprised if Jackets even it up Saturday.

    Very disciplined team, some excellent skating/speed, checked relentlessly. After only one game this series is starting to give me a 2013 Pens-Isles feel.

  55. Jandy says:

    haha me too ;)

  56. chethejet1 says:

    Pens have if Goc can come back healthy a good nine to work with. The fourth line is not as critical in the playoffs but the Pens playing Glass and Adams are seeing way to much ice time. Defense is really below the line. That is why the Pens simply wont come close to winning a series against a team that can fore check and hammer the slow reacting defensemen. Scuderi may be the worst signing since Ivan Hlinka.

  57. GAWTS2009 says:

    but apparently you need a size 9 shoe button not a dislike button!

  58. BillyBaduka says:

    I like 2 PP unit idea.

  59. Baywatch says:

    “Which Way Ya Goin’, Billy? Can I Go, Too?” :-)

  60. theplanisworking says:

    You kicked yourself?

    Did that hurt?

  61. Jandy says:

    LOL! ;) 0=)

  62. Jandy says:

    Good song, Bay!

  63. Jandy says:

    Yes, it did! lol

  64. DJ says:

    Notes to Dan:

    1. Must do something NOW about Jackets free between circles — all night long.
    2. As long as Martin/Nisky/Olli healthy, Letang should never sniff PP.
    3. Orpik / Scuds — uggh and why?

  65. theplanisworking says:

    Or do we have to get the ‘new moderators’ permission to say anything?

  66. Jandy says:

    yeah, so?

  67. hockeymonster says:

    Me too :)

    You could also try:

    kuni-sid-BB, nisky-PM
    real deal-geno-sutter or BB, tanger-maatta

    I want to work Juicy i mean Jussi in but i like the idea of having 2 RH shots on the ice. I guess you can mix and match juicy in with BB and sutter depending on how they look in each game.

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Excellent column from DK again this morning.

    I didn’t get to see the game last night, but from re-reading the blog, and seeing highlights, it sounds as if the Pens had an awful 1st period, then a light came on. Against better teams, mental lapses like that cannot occur.

    I am happy to read that AFLAC decided to make some adjustments ………. does anyone think coach Martin got in his ear and suggested some? We have all seen a steadfast refusal to make adjustments in the past, and I wonder if Martin said something between periods?

    Whatever the case may be, I am happy to see the change.
    Just hope this leads too more solid play for 60 minutes next game.

  69. hockeymonster says:

    I still don’t have bold reaming access. So no worries hipster :)

  70. hockeymonster says:

    Sooo….what? You talkin to me? :)

  71. DJ says:

    Martin must have been up above because I did not see him on the bench.

  72. Jandy says:

    Yeah I am LOL :P

    So???

  73. A1C McG says:

    ok may have over reacted, let me rephrase the potential is there for this line to be better. Bennter played awesome last night and with a little more maturing and staying healthy can be a force on this team and as much as people knock sutter he isnt bad he just hasnt had the same luxury of every other center on the team to play with the same guys and develop chemistry. I think sutter and bennet can be deciding factors in a lot of games and lee just seems like he is to this line what dupuis is on the first maybe not the most talented on the line but can definately contribute. Would like to see them kept together and see how it playes out.

  74. theplanisworking says:

    That might give the coaches a better view of the game.
    I am all for anything that helps.

  75. hockeymonster says:

    What were you saying ‘so’ to? Am i sensing some angst or built up tension from the jandster? Deep breathe jandiskova, it will be ok…it will be ok :)

  76. Jim S. says:

    Make sure you get the lawnmower and the gardening stuff out of the way tomorrow because the Garage League starts up again Saturday and they need the space.

  77. A1C McG says:

    quick question about the towels/ “Ugly gold out,” Why did we have to abandon the white out b/c Winnipeg (who isnt in the playoffs and isnt really close) came back and that was “their thing” but everyone and their mothers now hands out towels at games it seems like. Wasnt that a Pittsburgh thing? why do we have to give up what we established as tradition? they can do a blue out or something like that, we can do a white out, and no one ever has to mention the gold out again. and it fits cause if they ever make the play offs they will probably get “blew out”

  78. Jim S. says:

    I’m glad we won. We could have let the game get out of hand after the shortie. But, it seemed like Columbus was getting a lot of good, open looks from in front of our net.

  79. Thundercrack says:

    Jeff Locke pitched 5 innings last night. Gave up 5 runs. 4 on a grand slam.
    I think his first 3 innings were good – and he only gave up 1 run. I think he had his 4 Ks all in the first two innings.

  80. Jandy says:

    Sorry, HM, I’m in a pissy mood. Got sucked into helping with a bid today, and it’s an unclear mess, for which the architect is actually responsible, but it will end up being our problem if I don’t interpret things right.

    That said, the angst over Bennett is uncalled for. he played well last night

    :D

  81. Jandy says:

    hahaha! Priceless, Jimster!!

  82. DJ says:

    Orpik / Scuds were “there” on quite a few.

    At least in theory.

  83. Jim S. says:

    I hear you, Bay. I think part of what happened is teams had about 8 pitchers then, and now they have 12.

    I did love when Milner, Robinson, Easler, Lacy, etc. could all come off that bench and hit.

  84. Jim S. says:

    Bennett’s goal was sweet, and got them back in the game at exactly the right time. Just sayin’. I’m no huge Bennett supporter, but that was timely.

  85. theplanisworking says:

    This is why the D needs to concentrate.
    You cannot give your opponent open looks like that, and not eventually get burned.

    OOPS !! I said something remotely negative !!
    THAT MEANS I REVEL IN THE PENS MISFORTUNE — AND WOULD RATHER SEE THE TEAM LOSE THAN GIVE ANYONE CREDIT!!!!!!!!

    Right, ‘new moderators’ ??
    Right??

  86. chethejet1 says:

    Bucs starting pitching will not be as good this year but it is still good enough to win. The fly in the ointment is Wandy. Hopefully he finds his form shortly. If not, hello Locke.

  87. Arriba Wilver says:

    I assume they’re bringing up Lambo to replace Tabby?

  88. Arriba Wilver says:

    One of the things that surprised me yesterday in the article about Wandy’s velocity drop is it also said Morton, so far, was off 1.7 MPH.

  89. Jim S. says:

    I wonder about that, AW. Part of me likes that, but I was thinking they would want a righty bat so as to get Lunchie a blow vs LHP.

  90. Arriba Wilver says:

    Give it a rest.

  91. Jim S. says:

    “At least in theory.” Well put, DJ.

  92. Thundercrack says:

    I bet it is Decker, or even Dickerson.
    My guess is that they still want Lambo to get steady at-bats and to keep playing first base

  93. Arriba Wilver says:

    I forgot about that. I was just thinking he could also play outfield, and he’s hot right now.

  94. Jandy says:

    Sure was Jimster! And that crushing hit BB had in the first was something else!

  95. JohninOshkosh says:

    Fifty years ago today, the Pirates played the Mets in the first regular season game in the history of Shea Stadium.

    Shea later immortalized for all time by the Beatles, and as site of the ’69 Miracle Mets World Series. The Clash filmed a memorable video there of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”.

    I went there once in ’89. Maddux vs. Gooden. I sat alone in near empty upper deck. I remember it being dark and a group of teens hassling me. An usher appeared and prevented what I thought was going to be a real life honest to goodness New York mugging.

    Glad the Buccos were part of its history.

  96. What happened to Tabloid? I missed the entire game yesterday?

  97. NMR says:

    And has never shown any splits against LHP.

    Way too much focus on lefty righty matchups these days.

  98. Jandy says:

    OK I gotta dig into this bid with undivided attention. I’ll check in later on Loonies, carry on :)

  99. Jim S. says:

    Then, I remembered that all 3 OF in Indy (Polanco, Decker, Dickerson are all lefties. So, I guess they’ll have no choice but to replace Tabby with a lefty hitter.

  100. Arriba Wilver says:

    Hey, I’m the one who asked about Lambo! ;-)

  101. hockeymonster says:

    Ahhh…i see. Yes i hate it when real life gets in the way….

  102. theplanisworking says:

    You give it a rest.

  103. Jim S. says:

    I agree on that. Splits aren’t everything. And, Tabby hits pretty equally vs LHP/RHP.

    But, it wasn’t Tabby’s splits I was thinking of. I was thinking they don’t want Snider vs. LHP too often. Not a concern?

  104. Jim S. says:

    Concussion symptoms from banging into the wall making a nice catch, Lucky.

  105. NMR says:

    “Part of me likes that, but I was thinking they would want a righty bat…”

  106. 21sthebest says:

    And I have to add that Billy Joel closed down Shea with a concert there, final song performed with Paul McCartney.

  107. Stuart says:

    Very good summary column about the game I watched. I happened to like the Gibbons for Bennett switch. Don’t think Gibbons is a long-term answer, but he certainly is intense. I like skilled players like Bennett, but I wonder what one word Michael Therrien would use to describe him? Still, he might gain some weight as he ages and upgrade the physicality of his game.

    Can’t resist a Pirate comment: Yesterday, there were 8 Pirate at bats that ended with bats on the shoulders of the respective hitters. I’m not sold on this idea of “waiting for your pitch”. I was always taught (a long time ago) that when you have two strikes you have to “guard the plate” and swing at anything close. Most of the time on these called strike threes, the Pirate batter looked like he was disputing the call, but the pitch track invariably verified strike three. Coo-eh-toe also threw a lot of first pitch strikes that were taken for strike one. Strike two was usually a swing and miss at a pitch outside of the zone. As a team they need to be channeling someone like Manny Sanguillen, who employed the “see the ball, hit the ball” philosophy. Especially with two strikes.

    BTW, the next slider that Marte hits to right field will be the first.

    Stuart

  108. Jim S. says:

    21:

    Public Service Announcement.

    I heard on XM Radio yesterday that Billy Joel is doing some sort of a guest appearance on Stern’s show. Interview and live music, I think. I’m not sure, but I think they said 4/28.

  109. Dom says:

    In entertainment news, Will Arnett files divorce from Amy Poehler and a Mrs Doubtfire sequel is in the works.

  110. Thanks. Looked it up and there’s a video of it. Him going all-out like that is good to see. Not the injury obviously, but 100% effort from him is a positive.

  111. scapper says:

    I have to smile as I ask if those “new moderator” comments are in reference to my post the other day in which I expressed nothing more than being a bit perplexed or curious about the way “some” fans seem to want see a Pens failure. Guess it touched a nerve with some for whom it wasn’t intended. In fact, it wasn’t aimed at anyone in particular, as I really don’t keep track of who’s who on here save for the hilarious Milo, the always sane John in Oshkosh and wonderfully irascible NMR.

    Or perhaps some of you completely misread it. I didn’t say one word about not criticizing the home teams. I just referred to the anticipated joy that “some” will derive from an early Pens exit. Or maybe a general obtuseness is to blame. In any case, keep the snark coming. I love it. I just wish I was better with names because some of you have these big, inviting buttons just begging to be pushed, haha. (There ya go, Milo. Set that vaguely double-entendre-ish comment on a tee for you.)

    As for last night’s loss (the Pens did lose, right? I just scrolled through last night’s in-game blog….hilarious stuff), I taking this away from the game. Lots of areas for improvement, but the Pens played a team that has been playing must-win games for the last month, a team brimming with energy and confidence and stoked on back-to-the-playoffs adrenaline. That same team got up by 2 against the home team Pens, the big goal coming on a shortie that could have derailed the Pens for the night. The Jacks could not have been more jacked. Yet the Pens calmly tied the game, then played really solid playoff hockey after grabbing the lead. And MAF went almost 40 minutes without wilting. Despite some lapses, that was yet another fun and entertaining playoff win.

  112. 21sthebest says:

    Thanks Jim. And there’s a contest to fly a fan in to be a part of it. My multiple entries have been submitted. :-)

  113. SeanAY says:

    This is part of the reason I stopped posting here.

    Everyone’s a “victim” when someone calls out their point of view.

    That, and the fact that everyone has to greet each other 10 times a day.

  114. Thundercrack says:

    Keep this Billy Joel talk going and we’ll never get Drew back.

  115. Jim S. says:

    I should explain.

    Part of me likes Lambo coming up, because it gives them a chance to get his bat in the lineup in RF while also seeing if he is ready to replace Travis Ishikawa at 1b. They like position flexibility to save a roster spot – a la GIJ.

    But, I think they would want a righty bat to replace Tabby because Travis Snider, unlike Tabby, does appear to have significant differences in performance between RHP and LHP. (.223/.272/.355 vs. LHP in 230 P/A).

    If they are comfortable that one of the lefty hitting OF in Indy hits LHP well, that’s fine with me.

  116. Arriba Wilver says:

    Once someone brings up Billy Joel, things always seem to go downhill.

  117. Thundercrack says:

    Yesterday was a nice day

  118. NMR says:

    Contingency, contingency, contingency!

  119. Thundercrack says:

    and too much focus on advanced stats & numbers.

    And please let me add this: :-)

  120. Thundercrack says:

    SeanAY
    Give it up…I made a comment about the greeting each other 10 times a day about a month ago, and it different go over well.

    Just don’t be put into a ‘group’ that ‘attacks’

  121. 21sthebest says:

    Jim’s fault!

  122. Jim S. says:

    Good luck with that, 21!

    But, I still want Drew to come back.

    Or, maybe the Bucs will trade for Steven Drew. :-)

  123. NMR says:

    *Googles definition of “irascible”*…welp, I suppose if the shoes fits.

  124. 21sthebest says:

    I keep hoping he gets in touch with his inner feelings for Billy Joel. The first step is admitting you like him.

  125. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wisdom.

  126. Thundercrack says:

    scapper
    I am hurt that you don’t think I am sane or hilarious.

    I didn’t watch much of the Pens game last night. But I admit when I turned it on to catch the score and the Pens were losing, the first thought in my head was “the blog is probably unbearable tonight and could be very interesting tomorrow if the Pens lose”. ( I didn’t know they came back to win until this morning )

    Now, about the Tigers’ bullpen……………..

  127. Jim S. says:

    Thanks for adding that, TC.

  128. NMR says:

    Dude, who’s that ugly mug in your avatar? ;)

  129. Thundercrack says:

    Nice story JohninO. Glad you made it out OK.

    BTW, isn’t there something coming out from Joe Strummer on National Record Day?

  130. d says:

    Scapper:

    This is strictly a “homer” site. If, GASP, you have the audacity to say anything remotely negative about the beloved Disco Dani and the Pens, you should be labeled a “troll” and forever banished :)

  131. 21sthebest says:

    I actually think he’s better looking that Drew Barrymore, FWIW.

  132. Jim S. says:

    Yep. It’s on me.

  133. Arriba Wilver says:

    All I can say is I didn’t expect Scapper to be intimidated, but glad to see he isn’t.

  134. Thundercrack says:

    ‘didn’t go over well’

  135. SeanAY says:

    That’s my actual face.

    Hey! I’m being repressed by the face police moderators!

    WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

  136. Dom says:

    what does that mean?

  137. 21sthebest says:

    Steven Van Zandt.

  138. Jim S. says:

    If being called irascible didn’t provoke you to anger, then maybe the shoe size is wrong.

  139. Jim S. says:

    It’s farther up, Dom.

  140. Arriba Wilver says:

    John—not to get political here, but the difference in NYC today and back then is nothing short of astonishing. On the other hand, there is Chicago . . .

  141. Nate83 says:

    I don’t know what all this is about. There are plenty of negative post about “disco dan” on this blog and most of them are received with a good amount of healthy debate if actual points are being made. Obviously if you just start posting the guy is horrible without any supporting facts or reasons it may be received badly or dismissed. If that is the way anyone states their argument my guess is they are just trying to get under people’s skin.

    For what it’s worth I think a majority of hockey fans on this blog are not fans of Bylsma. I’m personally on the fence about him and think this playoffs will determine how the team moves forward. The next 3-4 years with Malkin and Crosby in their prime and this core is to important to not have the right coach in place. That may or may not be Bylsma in my opinion.

  142. NMR says:

    But he said “wonderfully”! ;)

  143. NMR says:

    I’m gonna attack that smirk like there’s no tomorrow. Ya think yer better than us, dontcha? :)

  144. Jim S. says:

    Then the shoe fits. (winky smiley face)

  145. Nate83 says:

    So you take it to mean he’s a fan of it?

    I don’t know if that makes it a positive comment. Saying someone is a tremendous failure instead of a just a failure doesn’t make it better.

    Please don’t become irascible because of this post :)

  146. Arriba Wilver says:

    See what I mean?

  147. NMR says:

    Let me guess your thoughts on stop and frisk? ;)

  148. Dom says:

    Will Balsma be canned if we’re out in the first two rounds or in the conference championship?

  149. Nate83 says:

    Only Shero knows for sure but I would think first two rounds yes. I personally would have to see why they lost to Boston. That is a really good team.

  150. Wild Bill says:

    It is a welcome thing that the Pirates return home from three consecutive series in what are virtually little league ball parks. If the homers keep flying out of PNC against us, then we’ll have something to really be concerned about.

    I can’t be there this weekend, but if yinz are there, give Roidin Braun all the affection he deserves!

  151. Scott says:

    I love those proposed PP units. I’ve been screaming for Sid and Geno to have their own PP units for years, and I have yet to hear a reasonable objection to it. This would allow them each to play along the boards where they belong, instead of forcing a square peg into around hole by having Malkin at the point, where he is a defensive liability.

    DK dismissed the idea once by saying that it wouldn’t be fair because those units wouldn’t get equal ice time. To which I reply: 1) Who cares? 2) All you’d have to do is alternate which unit starts the PP. Sid’s unit goes out first on one PP, then Geno’s unit starts the next. The ice time evens out eventually.

  152. chethejet1 says:

    After Shero missed on Hossa, it has been Shero trying to keep the team in place with extensions to older guys and signings. My concern is he continues along this path and completely mismanages the roster and with DB, puts the nail on the coffin of a potential cup winning dynasty. Not good and Pens are stuck with contracts that will hamper the development of younger players who need to play now and gain experience. three more years on Kunitz, Dupuis, Scuderi and Shero will probably do something stupid and extend either Martin or Orpik. He has to go along with this coaching staff. If not so be it.

  153. Arriba Wilver says:

    You’re making a real political leap there, plus I think that’s a much more recent phenomena. Let me guess you didn’t visit there in the 70′s or 80′s. It was pretty much cleaned up before 9/11.

  154. Jim S. says:

    Technically, 21 did bring up “The one who shall not be named” first.

  155. theplanisworking says:

    Nate,

    good post.

    I guess I am waiting to see the names of any poster on this blog that wants to see the Pens lose, just so they can be ‘vindicated’ about Bylsma and Shero.

    No one has been able to give the name of ANY poster that wants to see the above scenario happen. I just took it to be another instance where discussion/criticism is being squashed on a subject, which I have always found wrong. I could be wrong, but that’s how I interpreted it.

    But, thanks for the good post, Nate.

  156. theplanisworking says:

    Yes it was, TC.
    You have no idea how much.

  157. Jim S. says:

    I think he’ll be safe if they win 2 series’ again. It’s not progress vs. last year, though.

    At some point, I think you have to question the roster as well. Mr. Shero is not blameless in all this.

  158. Jandy says:

    Thanks, Nate, this is well stated. And to re-type my opinion from ^^ there, the “Disco Dani” is immature, and I don’t give any credence to what this poster has to say anyway. But, if like you say, he has some points,t then sure, that makes it different. Until then, why even pay attetention? it’s like Philly fans calling Sid “Cindy”. ridiculous.

  159. Arriba Wilver says:

    And, I personally think that a lot of the improvement had to do with dealing with police corruption. So, don’t try to fit me in your box. ;-)

  160. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yes! Vinyl release of Joe singing lead for The Pogues. I’m gonna try to get it.

    My town, although small, is blessed with that dinosaur of dinosaurs, the independent record shop.

    Record Day is this Saturday 04/19.
    Comic Book Day is Saturday 05/03 (Derby Day, as well).

    Music Nerds Rejoice!

  161. Jandy says:

    why would you ever want to be sane? That’s much too boring…

    :P

  162. NMR says:

    Wow, wayyyyy more than that comment deserved…

  163. Jandy says:

    I don’t know if I agree with the Pens “calmly” tying the game, but yes, they did get their heads out of their derrieres and tied it up and then WON :)

    I won’t get into a lot of the rest of it, but most of it’s old hat anyway.
    Just glad to see you posting again, scapper :)

  164. Arriba Wilver says:

    I wasn’t fooled. I know he brought it up, despite his efforts to shift the blame. :-)

  165. 21sthebest says:

    That’s true!

  166. Arriba Wilver says:

    The comment didn’t “deserve” to be made.

  167. 21sthebest says:

    And there have been many instances of comments attributed to a poster or to groups of posters without naming the actual poster.

  168. Jandy says:

    Yup, it fits.

  169. Jandy says:

    Hi SEAN AY!

  170. Jandy says:

    Hey SEAN AY!

  171. Jandy says:

    Hi SEAN AY!

  172. Jandy says:

    Hi SEAN AY!

  173. JohninOshkosh says:

    In the middle of cleaning it up in ’89. Not yet Disney York then, but not Travis Bickle’s urban cesspool, either. A nice blend of both then.

    I laugh. Now, they have the wonderful Citi Bike program. Hippster New Yorkers think they invented it. Been in Madison, Wisconsin for years!

  174. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, this is just obfuscation. Plan has consistently refused to name any poster when asked about his wild charges.
    And, Scapper didn’t say what Plan is accusing him of. It’s his admittedly biased interpretation.

  175. hockeymonster says:

    Yup. It would definitely be a curve ball look for opposition. I wasn’t necessary hell bent on this before but last few playoffs have proven that we’re vulnerable and susceptible to giving up shorties in the playoffs. Usually cuz of sloppy passes or unit being tired after being on the ice for 90 seconds. But also cuz opposition gets a feel for our tendencies and figures out how and when to pressure. So working with 2 dmen and blending in real deal, kuni and sutter as net-front guys wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  176. Wild Bill says:

    Well said, Nate. I too, am ambivalent about Bylsma at this point. The window of Sid and Geno will not last forever, and if this is not the year, whatever must be done to get over the top must be done. Personnel, coaching, whatever.

  177. Jandy says:

    Why name actual posters all the time? We all have bad days, sometimes some have bad weeks, and sometimes it’s just an attitude that is perceived from several at one time.

    Why not admit we all b*tch about something, and be done with it?

    This is not in response to any one particular poster.

    Just my frustration with the whole crapload of this stuff shining thru.

    Happy Fackin Thursday Loonies.

  178. SeanAY says:

    Am I a hypocrite for responding to a greeting just this once?

    HI!

  179. theplanisworking says:

    Like you don’t have biased interpretations, eh? You never do that, correct?

    I even stated that I could be wrong, but I put my thoughts to paper so to speak. I believe it’s called an opinion. Or is that not allowed, AW?

  180. Jandy says:

    and to poster d:
    I do have a response to you, this isn’t a friggin homer site. It’s a blog where opinions are posted. if you have one, post it, if you don’t then quit yer bellyaching.
    SHEESH!

  181. Jandy says:

    HI SEAN AY!

  182. Jandy says:

    Jandy
    April 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Why name actual posters all the time? We all have bad days, sometimes some have bad weeks, and sometimes it’s just an attitude that is perceived from several at one time.

    Why not admit we all b*tch about something, and be done with it?

    This is not in response to any one particular poster.

    Just my frustration with the whole crapload of this stuff shining thru.

    Happy Fackin Thursday Loonies.

  183. Arriba Wilver says:

    Your buddy is the one demanding names now, Jandy. That’s a fact.

  184. 21sthebest says:

    Why name actual posters? I think you should be asking why it’s necessary to attribute comments to people when they haven’t been made in the first place. Or a comment made by one person attributed to groups of posters?

    I don’t have bad days Jandy. There’s no such thing to me. I thank God everyday the second I wake up that I did. I can’t remember ever being in a bad mood in my life.

  185. Arriba Wilver says:

    smh

  186. Jandy says:

    My buddy is as frustrated with this blog as you are, AW and you damn well know it.

    That’s a fact.

    You all need to shut up about it already and move on. is this Miss Patti’s Romper Room, for Christ’s sake?

  187. You enjoy the WMU NCAA run?

  188. Jandy says:

    Lucky you, 21, I envy you. I’m in a foul mood, so I guess I’ll take it off the blog now.

    maybe check in later.

  189. GAWTS2009 says:

    Agree 100% with this version!

  190. NMR says:

    Are you trying to suppress my freedom of speech?

  191. theplanisworking says:

    Hey AW, got a news flash for you.

    You constantly argued with me to name names. Constantly. And you stated it was your right to do it, and there was nothing wrong with it.

    Now, I do it, and suddenly it is wrong! Really?

    Just pointing out more hypocrisy on this matter.

    But, I wish you a great day.
    Seriously.

  192. NMR says:

    So the Pittsburgh Hockey Team won a game last night or something.

    #analysis

  193. I’ve always thought NMR was a rascal. Is that something new?

    ;)

  194. You are hilarious, TC. The sanity one is in question. Wish Drew were here to agree.

  195. Arriba Wilver says:

    Not at all. I thought you were trying to suppress mine with the “wayyyyy more than that comment deserved…”

  196. theplanisworking says:

    For tonight’s Pirate game, the ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by the following people :

    1) Coach Ralph Blundo of New Castle basketball. (I guess the Pirates are honoring the team?)

    2) Mike Tyson. Yes, THAT Mike Tyson.

    Maybe Mike and Braun can go 3 rounds before the game?

  197. theplanisworking says:

    Again, this was supposed to be a stand alone post.

    I guess I was intimidated by the thought of Iron Mike ….

  198. Arriba Wilver says:

    Honestly, Plan, the next time you accurately describe someone’s disagreement with you will be the first time, weather permitting.

  199. Thundercrack says:

    I am all for redemption. And if you do the jail time it doesn’t erase the crime you committed, but you are entitled to change your life….and start anew.

    But I have a hard time with the redemption thing as it concerns Mike Tyson.
    He may be on the FAN everyday this week.

  200. GAWTS2009 says:

    #fireshero #firebylsma
    On that note, hopefully we can win this year and I can forgive shero for not constructing a better roster for the future while trying to win now (tough job I wouldnt want to have that balancing act). I still question some draft picks but not everyone can find an antonio brown in the 6th round. He has given bylsma the talent for many years and it has been misused but this year without the talent will be the year Bylsma shines. He does better with less talent (still not sure why)
    Bylsma: well coaches come and go. Good coach, maybe great, but not the coach for the new penguins. He was the right man for the job in 2009 but now give me a Thierren type to whip up their dicsipline!

  201. NMR says:

    I’m trying really hard to get the sarcasm across. And failing.

  202. Arriba Wilver says:

    Why with Tyson, TC?

  203. Naterosboro says:

    This made me laugh very much.

    Thanks NMR

    This is not an attack.

  204. 21sthebest says:

    I often wonder Sean, how many like you stopped posting here as well.

  205. Thundercrack says:

    I’m not exactly sure why. I never thought he was a good person before he went to jail. And then he was convicted of rape.

    If I ran into him tonight at the Pirate game I wouldn’t ask to get a picture with him…and then post it on Facebook.

  206. Arriba Wilver says:

    +++

  207. Jandy says:

    He didn’t stop, and he popped in here (no doubt prompted by one of the others) to complain.

  208. 21sthebest says:

    My first reaction to plan’s post that Tyson was going to throw out the first pitch was that maybe he misunderstood when he asked and he thinks he’s throwing out the first bitch.

  209. Jandy says:

    Was that necessary?

  210. Jandy says:

    why do I even bother.

  211. Bizrow says:

    Has anyone heard anything about Tabata?

  212. Jandy says:

    No, they’re too busy picking on each other.

  213. Jandy says:

    What day is it, Biz?? :)

  214. 21sthebest says:

    It was a joke. Because Tyson has been known to mistreat women. Get it? It rhymes with pitch. I don’t like the guy.

  215. Bizrow says:

    ++++++++

  216. A1C McG says:

    hey i post here and i didnt play victim above when called out. and i didnt get greeted 10x. so 10 lashes with a wet linguini noodle my good man.

  217. Jandy says:

    ahhhh….I see…and Tyson IS a POS, so yeah I guess I get it lol

  218. Jandy says:

    Hi A1C :D

  219. Guess he’s back to stopping posting again. Thought it was an honest question. No greeting or anything attached. :|

  220. Thundercrack says:

    Bother with what? Should every comment go to you first for moderation.

  221. 21sthebest says:

    TC, if you run into me tonight, I’ll take a picture with you.

  222. cmat0829 says:

    Don’t have any Penguins opinions as I don’t follow hockey that closely…good for them to get a win last night, in the NHL it is ‘all about the playoffs’ so totally fair that a season be deemed unsuccessful if they can’t make it happen right here, right now. Rooting for them, but don’t see them as the best team in hockey so I think that needs to be balanced also in terms of perspective of how they finish.

    Moves I want to happen RIGHT NOW for the Pirates…and I’ll will dog NH until he makes them:

    1) Send Tony to AAA and recall Chris Stewart. It’s just time, was painful to see how Tony was catching Liriano yesterday… yes, Frankie was wild but Tony was catching like Matt Holliday back there.

    2) Send Ishikawa packing and recall Lambo. I still think Gaby gets most of the action until he cools off, but we gave Ishi a shot and it’s clear he ‘is who we thought he was’.

    3) Explore acquiring a bench piece that is superior to Josh Harrison. He provides almost no value at this point. As a pinch hitter he is a hacker…. and with Neil and Pedro looking like they will get the starts vs LHP (as few of those as there are) and with Barmes able to back up as needed, it’s time to get a real bench piece that can add value in that role. I don’t think that player is on the roster so may take some time to get a trade …but please work on it, Neal.

    As to pitching, I’m not ready to overreact, but this 8 games in the pitcher-friendly confines will be very important to all starters… pretty amazing at this point that after Cole and Liriano, the pitcher I’m most comfortable watching is Volquez. Color me surprised on that one.

    Oh, and because I can’t help it…. happy to see the AZ DBacks off to a 4-14 start ….and the media is blistering GM Kevin Towers (his welcome has predictably worn out)…. anytime you have the urge to plead NH to “make a move, any move, do something” please research the Kevin Towers era in AZ (which will come to a close at some point this year despite his extension in the offseason)…. he loves to wheel and deal and you see what can happen if those moves are well thought out…. sometimes the best moves are no moves at all. The idiot GM in Toronto is next up on chopping block…and don’t get me started on DiPoto in Anaheim. Things could be much, much worse my friends than Neal Huntington.

    I’m not defending, in my prior paragraph, what I view as a failed experiment so far at 1B for the Bucs…and I will continue to press Neal to spend the $14M or so that is readily available for him to spend without asking Nutting to open the safe…..

  223. cmat0829 says:

    I’d be shocked, given he has shown mild concussion symptoms and how seriously teams take that, if he is not placed on the 7-day concussion DL today. My guess is they will recall Decker (not sure how many LHPs they will face anyway the next week or so, probably none)… I’d prefer they recall Lambo but I think they should do that anyway and dump Ishikawa.

  224. Arriba Wilver says:

    Lost me, Jandy. I thought we were talking about Mike Tyson?

  225. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, I was under the impression they were required to put him on the 7 day.

  226. JD says:

    + 1000 TC.

  227. Nate83 says:

    I think move number 1 will happened rather quickly. I would have to imagine move number 2 will happen before the end of April. Now move number 3. Your guess is as good as mine. As against picking up Drew as I was originally it would definitely allow some line up flexibility for Hurdle but that wouldn’t happen until June 1st and then he would have to get some swings in the minors. The good news is Mercer has an upside better then what he has shown so far this year. He should offer some improvement over his first 15 games.

  228. JD says:

    It’s a town hall format. They’ll have special guest musicians playing some of his songs too.

  229. Jim S. says:

    Hey, that used to be my line Ms. Patti!

    ;-)

  230. 21sthebest says:

    “no doubt prompted by one of the others”

    What does that mean exactly?

  231. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, but then you’ll photoshop in Billy Joel.

  232. Jim S. says:

    You get my vote for POTW, 21!!

  233. 21sthebest says:

    Yup.

  234. Jim S. says:

    Scuderi’s WAR is pretty low these days.

  235. SeanAY says:

    Don’t worry, didn’t stop posting again…yet. Haha. Just went out to lunch with the future Mrs. SeanAY.

    Man oh man, that was a crazy time. The funny thing about being in the middle of something like that is at the time, I didn’t think of just how well we were actually playing. Since we were fighting tooth and nail with Buffalo and Toledo for the regular season title for basically the last three weeks, it felt like the weight of the world was on the players’ shoulders every night. “Oh man, we NEED to get this one tonight, or else we’re in trouble.”

    Then you sit back and look and go, “Oh my gosh…did we really not lose a game in February?”

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the people that work around the team are almost incapable of appreciating just how GOOD the team is in the moment; they’re more concerned with, “We can’t do this, we can’t do that, etc.”

  236. Not lower than his xFIP.

    Hi NMR!

  237. Jandy says:

    so are his penalty minutes

  238. Jim S. says:

    Poor Piano Man. All he wanted to do was spread happiness and the gift of music. :-(

  239. Jandy says:

    You’re right. I’m no moderator. F*ck it.

  240. Good personal insight. Thanks. We were rooting for ya.

  241. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wow! What the heck is that?

    I sense a co-dependent.

    There really is no conspiracy. At least as far as I know, and if there is, I haven’t been invited.

    I’m sorry, that just kind of blew my mind.

  242. Sarah says:

    I’m mystified why the Gibbons for Bennett switch reviews do not include the fact that Bennett WAS BENCHED.

    No argument that Gibbons brings speed to Sid’s line, which Sid does seem to prefer. So OK there I guess, though I have no real confidence that a hobbit AHLer is going to be the answer…..

    But meanwhile Beau, after scoring a PP goal and throwing some huge hits, was BENChED, people. Taken off the PP entirely. 5 minutes total TOI for the last 2 periods of the game. And STILL managed to make The GWG happen with a sick pass to Sutter.

    BB had 10 minutes total. TANNER GLASS has 14+.

    Can anybody defend this?

  243. Jim S. says:

    “Mercer has an upside better than what he has shown so far this year.”

    That’s a good point about Mercer, Nate. I don’t want to bring up the dreaded … No, I can’t bring myself to say it … Ok, the “SSS” argument. But, I seem to recall he went through a horrendous couple of weeks with hitting last year. I think maybe he had gotten off to such a good start with the bat that we didn’t make a big deal out of his slump. Then, he started stinging the ball again. Maybe he’s just having his bad stretch right from the get go this year.

  244. 21sthebest says:

    That made me want to do a song parody.

  245. JD says:

    Or like your buddy calling Dan “Aflac”?

  246. Arriba Wilver says:

    Like I said, it just goes downhill . . .

  247. cmat0829 says:

    I think one thing to note is that Mercer mashed LHPs if I recall correctly…and the Bucs haven’t faced many (any?) of those so far. I’m not giving up on Mercer by any means, but I am giving up on Harrison.

  248. Lad 9 says:

    I’m sorry, I just can’t give up on Harrison now. Only because that would have required me to believe in him at some point……

  249. Jim S. says:

    William and Mary is not in the same conference as Buffalo and Toledo, guys. :-)

  250. SeanAY says:

    Actually, Jandy, I did stop commenting. I pop in to read the comments now and then, but I don’t feel the desire to participate as much as I used to.

    And there’s no conspiracy, or whatever you were implying.

  251. Baywatch says:

    Hey, TC! :-)

  252. Sarah says:

    Yes Scapper , not intimidated.

  253. Jim S. says:

    Yet, you resisted the urge.

    Oh, what the heck. Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man ….

  254. Sarah says:

    There are no names. Scapper made them up. Gotta push buttons ya know!!!

    Just some anonymous “some” posters, apparently!

  255. Baywatch says:

    LOL! Catching like Matt Holliday?

  256. Baywatch says:

    Try Starling Marte, catching with two oven mitts!

  257. Sarah says:

    Jandster, when you call out people like Scapper did, if you don’t name names, you’re ducking, that is all.

    He is stirring the pot, and ducking the consequences, then pretending it is all harmless Snark, like he has done before.

    Chicken sh-t.

  258. NMR says:

    NMR BE MAD. NMR BE VEWY VEWY MAD. ;)

  259. SeanAY says:

    Kevin Towers is also the idiot that more or less intimated that he would be jettisoning pitchers that refused to throw at batters this past offseason.

    http://deadspin.com/d-backs-gm-kevin-towers-is-mad-at-his-team-about-the-du-1442970604

  260. Sarah says:

    Totally agree “Dani” is just silly name calling , and if you want to be taken seriously, avoid playground bullsh-t.

    I am sure you can express your opinion a lot more civilly than that. And, benefit to you, more people here will listen to it.

  261. Jim S. says:

    That’s hilarious!

    Only thing we lack is, regrettably, “single mom.”

  262. Stuart says:

    As much as I’d like to see Lambo come up (and Play), I hope Neil doesn’t call him up now as Hurdle would have him on the bench rather than playing. Remember that Tabby certainly wasn’t being worn out with Snider’s good start.

    Stuart

  263. Sarah says:

    I’ve sort of given up on RS TBH.
    He has two generational talents in Sid and Geno….you’d think he’d build EVERYTHING around them.
    In 6 YEARS he still has not gotten Sid an elite W likes of Hossa, and Geno has mostly had a merry go round on LW.
    Yet he extends Adams, Duper, brings in Scud til he’s forty, and gives the farm to Letang.

    He tries to sell us on his vision of drafting/breeding young D, yet does not have enough faith in his own model to even play the guys, so we get Orpik and Scuds and Engo, meanwhile Borts and Despres go to mold….

    And of course he married himself to Bylsma….and every year is another year of Sid and Genos prime gone, with NO focus on building the team around them.

    Really I’m at the point where I think it is an epic fail.

  264. Sarah says:

    Scapper I have to say you are so FOS it’s not even funny.

    Yes, we ALL mis-read you.

    OUR BAD Scaps!!!!

    Hope you can forgive!!!!

  265. Jim S. says:

    Yep. He murdered the bums last year.

  266. Bizrow says:

    AJ is having a decent start for Philly today, one hit thru 4 innings

  267. Jim S. says:

    You sound like Mad Dog Wusso … er, I mean … Russo on MLB Network.

  268. Sarah says:

    Did you read Scappers post the other day?
    far from calling us a Homer site, he called us all out as Debbie Downers, more interested in our opinions being validated,even hoping the team would lose so that we could be proven right.

    Of course,first he called us miserable, then he called us happy, so make of that what you will.

    And as always – no stones to name names, but that’s our Sweet Scaps.

    Just a hint to help you get used to our button pusher Scapper!

  269. d says:

    hockeymonster:

    I KNOW, RIGHT!!! :)

  270. Sarah says:

    Yep, I wish Plan would lose the Aflac bit. But I’ve known him long enough that it doesn’t throw me off.
    Whatever.

  271. d says:

    Jandy:

    I truly feel sorry for you :(

  272. Jim S. says:

    Give it time. The iguana will rear it’s ugly head!

  273. Sarah says:

    It’s OK for a 7-8 D

  274. NMR says:

    You and I have an upside better than what Mercer has shown this year, Nate.

    Unfortunately, he was awful against RHP last year as well. Guy just isn’t very good, and certainly not an everyday big league shortstop.

    At least he hasn’t embarassed himself in the field this year. Yet.

  275. d says:

    Jandy:

    It appears that you have some anger management issues that need to be dealt with :)

  276. Arriba Wilver says:

    ???

  277. 21sthebest says:

    I may copy that post for future use if you don’t mind Sarah. Giving you proper attribution of course.

  278. Arriba Wilver says:

    Actually, Sarah, I quit going on the Pens game blog a long time ago because of what Scapper mentioned. Just didn’t mention it. He’s not “FOS.”

    But you reaction to it has been kind of entertaining.

  279. Sarah says:

    As for DKs article, yay for attempting to be positive!

    I just worry when DB’s correcting an egregious mistake that almost cost us the game (Letang on PP) is hailed as an Adjustment….and can’t get excited that we have to limit the minutes of a guy we’ll be paying 7+mil the next umpteen years.

    Sorry Jandster!!!!

  280. NMR says:

    And the guy that actively traded for and signed players he deemed “gritty”, whatever the hell that means.

  281. 21sthebest says:

    In our house we’ll often run through the great coaching advice of Little League Dads.

    “Relax!” – Often yelled in a high shriek.

    “Just play catch.”

    “Have fun out there!”

    And of course, the coup de gras, “Throw strikes!” – Also yelled in high shriek.

  282. Reading says:

    I’ve pretty much stopped posting on a daily basis despite my flurry of posts yesterday.

    No particular reason. I guess I can only post so many times how Danny Murtaugh should be in the Hall of Fame, and how I despise the “patience at the plate” (otherwise known as the “strike out looking or while swinging weakly at, and missing, an 0-2 ‘waste’ (cleaned-up language) pitch in the dirt” theory.).

  283. 21sthebest says:

    My Dad always wondered why it wasn’t referred to as a hisnia instead.

  284. Jim S. says:

    I think I related this one last year. One of our coaches was fond of saying, “Guys, we only want line drives and hard ground balls, not pop ups.”

    I told him that while I thought his directions were specific, they didn’t seem so actionable for 11 year olds.

    He said, “So, what am I supposed to tell them about hitting?” I said, “Maybe go with swing hard.”

  285. 21sthebest says:

    “and how I despise the “patience at the plate”

    +++

  286. Arriba Wilver says:

    *your

  287. cmat0829 says:

    He GM’s like a drunken fantasy team owner… which I suppose has it’s place but….. when it goes bad, it goes bad. He traded their version of Taillon (Skaggs) in the Trumbo trade…and Trumbo (power, high K rate and butcher at defense) has already worn out his welcome in AZ.

  288. Sarah says:

    Fair enough.

    Your response would hold water if you could express why he is not FOS.

    But wevs Sweetie.

  289. NMR says:

    And guess who is now short on rotation depth?

    Shocking, I know.

  290. Arriba Wilver says:

    You talking about scappers or Plan? This is all getting confusing. And, if it helps, I knew scappers was referring to you from the beginning.

  291. Jandy says:

    Not at all d, I have already stated that I am pissy today. That’s not anger.
    However, since you’ve brought it up, YOU have immaturity issues to be dealt with.
    Grow up.

  292. Brandon says:

    Sarah – I’m with you on this one….I have no idea why he was benched other than the several lackluster passes earlier in the game which didn’t lead to goals. BB was a noticeable force on almost every shift he played with multiple, disciplined hits. The NHL network had him as its #3 Star for the night and the player of the game!

    Meanwhile, Vitale and Adams had multiple issues and were unable to clear the defensive zone….the one shift which I am still shaking over included Orpik & Scuderi combined with most of the 4th line, truly exhausting to watch.

    There were numerous d-line breakdowns primarily with Scuds, Orpik and Letang as well as the two terrible misses by Maatta and Martin. Several were made worse b inadequate support by the forwards. They need to replace Scuds with Bortuzzo immediately as he may never hit another Bluejacket after the interference penalty. Gosh, Fleury didn’t get enough credit for a really solid game after the 1st period.

  293. theplanisworking says:

    JD, the next time you post something about sports, and not about me will be a first.

  294. theplanisworking says:

    Being I have named some names in the past, and those names have denied everything, what is the benefit?

    But since you will never understand that, carry on, and have a great day (again).

  295. Heybulldog says:

    Few things from last night: I don’t think Paul Martin was saying to himself “damn, if only the forward had been doing his job, I wouldn’t have looked like a pylon” or Brook Orpik wasn’t saying “it’s a great play to give the puck away at the door mouth of my own goalie.” Bad plays happen to good players. Don’t blame the system. I thought Scuderi played solid. Good positioning, good stick. (Sorry, but I don’t get all the Bortuzzo love. No disrespect to him). Kunitz had some chances. He’ll bury them. Moving Gibbons to the 1st line was a good move. He is what he is and his speed helps, but someone tell him to stop the between the leg thing. Bennett is the glass half full guy. Only goal I had a problem with on MAF was the 3rd one. He looked in-between on what he wanted to do.

  296. Jandy says:

    I have a concern that Bennett was actually injured when he hit Murry the first period. NOt sure…just wondering.

  297. Arriba Wilver says:

    Did you read what he said, or are you just going by others interpretations?

    I don’t think I even want to know what wevs means.

  298. theplanisworking says:

    That was a joke?
    Your humor stinks.

    Go to a women’s shelter, of food bank and volunteer, see the things that women go through at the hands of people like Tyson and his ilk, and you might be a bit slower to crack jokes like that.

    Absolutely pathetic.

  299. 21sthebest says:

    And what is the benefit of the other approach? Making comments attributed to a poster or to groups of posters without naming them?

  300. True enough, Jim. But them Broncos are!

    ;)

    Sean is the SID there and does radio broadcasts, also. I don’t know if you were posting back when he did the opening of a game with “Hello and Hoka Hey everyone”. Hilarious. DK gave us the sound bite right here on the blog.

  301. 21sthebest says:

    Jim, would you like to join me at volunteering at a women’s shelter?

  302. theplanisworking says:

    Your insensitivity is not surprising in the least.

  303. Brandon says:

    Again – agree with each point you made…..I would support putting both Bortuzzo and Despres in the lineup in lieu of Scuds and Orpik (granted, they should have done this consistently prior to the playoffs to find the best combinations). They have multiple good, young D-men to offer to the coaching staff over the next 2 years – it would have been better to resign Nisky as he comes into his prime and not be saddled with Scuderi for 3 more years….as important, the mis-management of this issue has taken away valuable cap $ which should be used to sign appropriate forwards for the 3rd/4th lines in addition to a winger for Sid/Geno….of course, that ignores the lost opportunities to draft real developmental forwards vs. the smurf-brigade (or trading picks for mis-used rental players such as Iginla)……Fleury can overcome all these issues with exceptional play – Go Pens!

  304. SeanAY says:

    I still open the games I broadcast with “Hoka hey.” It brings me great joy.

  305. 21sthebest says:

    I figured you and your over the top political correctness would jump all over that.

  306. Jandy says:

    +++++

  307. bpn8pitt says:

    ‘is who we thought he was’.

    This guy ripped me in March for calling Ishikawa a dumpster dive, now two weeks in, gives up.

  308. theplanisworking says:

    Huge difference between political correctness and common decency.
    Based on your pathetic joke, I would guess you lack the second.

  309. Jandy says:

    Yeah JD He’s my buddy, I make no secret of it.
    But what happens in here is entirely ridiculous.
    Bullying.
    yeah, I said it.

  310. Jandy says:

    And again, why do you only worry about “my buddy”? Why don’t you bully d? is it because he is actually one of you? using an extra sign in? Or because you just like to bully “my buddy”? that’s what gets me. you don’t pick on anyone else. Just “my buddy”.
    it’s too obvious.

  311. Jandy says:

    Sarah sister, I am of the mind that some of these posters have more than one name. Whatever. But if they don’t like the stuff Plan posts, why don’t they pick on d or scapper too?
    It’s too obvious.

  312. 21sthebest says:

    It was a shot at Mike Tyson. Frankly, I’m disappointed he was asked to throw out the first pitch.

    I could accuse you of being insensitive as well when you were upset when a game was interrupted by the Zimmerman verdict.

  313. Brandon says:

    He was interviewed on NHL network after the game and didn’t appear to be bothered by any issues; if there was a problem, they probably wouldn’t have offered him for the interview….NHL named him the player of the game and its #3 star of the evening…they obviously weren’t charting minutes from the 2nd/3rd period or noticing the need for the imposed benching.

  314. Jandy says:

    21, my good friend, when you use it in future, please spread it around…don’t limit it to just one person :)

  315. Jandy says:

    But hey, scapper, apparently I’m the new moderator…but I already got kicked off the job. js

  316. Sarah says:

    21 be my guest!
    Scapper has done these drive-bys before and it is getting old.
    He called out Mike Lange last year, and suggested he was an alcoholic and that was why he lost the bid to have the TV contract.
    Then chicken sh-tted out backing it up.

    I am sick of Scapper’s schtick.

    In case you couldn’t guess LOL!

  317. 21sthebest says:

    Why should I Jandy? Do you spread the criticism around?

  318. 21sthebest says:

    Sarah, I might use that post too.

  319. Jim S. says:

    Yes, I would. I thought it was a harmless joke on your part, 21. You said in the past you grew up with sisters. I didn’t think you meant anything by it at all.

  320. Jandy says:

    Hey Jim, I’m not Miss Patti, I’m Ms. B*tch lol

  321. Jandy says:

    BOOM!

  322. Sarah says:

    I actually think DB is safe if they win one round this year. Hope I am wrong…..

  323. Jandy says:

    Hey heybulldog. welcome to the Lunatics’ Asylum. We’re not always as contentious as we seem today, must be something in the Starbucks :)
    If you post your home town, Biz will add it to the Lunatics’ List :)

  324. 21sthebest says:

    Thanks Jim. And you also knew that because you’re intelligent.

  325. Jandy says:

    Truthfully, I’m with you 21. Tyson IS a POS. Never could stand the bum.

  326. theplanisworking says:

    Boy, you are really reaching, aren’t you?

    First, the Zimmerman verdict should have been on a news channel. Like the OJ chase. Those things don’t belong on sports channels …… or, they should give a notice ‘if you want to see X news story, go to this channel’. There is a time and place for those types of things. That’s why there are news channels in the first place.

    Second, for you to try to push your horrible joke off as making fun of Tyson, and to even compare it to me with the Zimmerman thing, is disingenuous at best, pathetic at worst.

    For the record, so you don’t try to twist anything else, I was against the Zimmerman verdict. I just thought it should be kept on the appropriate channel. If you want to say I was insensitive about that, knock yourself out.

  327. 21sthebest says:

    I think Tyson got out early, after 3 years maybe, for the crime he was convicted of. I can’t even say the word. I’m all for a person getting another chance after they have paid their debt to society. 3 years just doesn’t seem long enough to me. I pray that he has truly been rehabilitated.

  328. theplanisworking says:

    Oh agree with Jim being intelligent.

    I also don’t think you are intelligent either, 21, so back at ya.

  329. Sarah says:

    I think BB just got Bylsma’d.

    And in the PG presser DB had some strange explanation re Shortening the bench to 7 guys…?

    OK…..are we to believe that the BEST 7 GUYS do NOT include Bennett and Stemp, but DO include Gibbons??

    I love the hobbit, but really? That is just a ridiculous statement, as was DBs mgmt of BB ridiculous.
    Trying to be positive Jandster, but sheesh, that was just stupid.

    The coach did his best to remove the guy who was maybe most responsible for our Win, with a G and an A on the GW.

    Sorry, Peeps, but man I am frustrated.

  330. Jandy says:

    It means he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t SO he gets to choose :)

  331. Jandy says:

    This. When I was upset with Sarah, I posted to her and asked her not to be such a Debbie Downer. I didn’t throw insults at her. Or make it like I was talking to someone else.

  332. Jim S. says:

    Haha!

  333. theplanisworking says:

    Saw this on Madden’s FB page.
    thoughts?

    ” Bennett getting demoted for Gibbons is ABSURD. 1st-line talent playing the wrong wing on a crap line is ABSURD. Bennett scored. You need to score.
    Gibbons played a mediocre game. When Letang makes one mistake, he gets demoted. OK, fine. That applies to who else? Inconsistent coaching.”

  334. Me, too. Especially since we won 94 games and 3 post season games last season after that junk was nixed.

  335. 21sthebest says:

    ” I just thought it should be kept on the appropriate channel. If you want to say I was insensitive about that, knock yourself out.”

    No. It’s not necessary for me to say that.

  336. Jandy says:

    hey,it was a request with a smile, 21. Do whtever makes you happy. And sure, I spread the criticism around too.

  337. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sean in the blog HOF for that stupendous moment! I listened to it online at work when he first did it. WMU/Duquesne game, I believe.

    He said earlier in the day he was going to do it, and he did.

  338. 21sthebest says:

    “I also don’t think you are intelligent either, 21, so back at ya.”

    Good one!

  339. Jandy says:

    On the contrary, if it’s a minor issue ( I saw him rubbing his wrist) they’d NOT mention it and act like nothing was wrong.

  340. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You, Jandy.
    No matter how it’s presented, that ‘group’ will pick what I say apart.
    Kudos to ya! ;)

    That was quite eloquent.
    Guess you got that bid done?

  341. Jim S. says:

    I knew yuz was talkin’ bout Western Me-e-e-chi-gan Broncos. But, I didn’t know Sean announced for them and was SID. Good for you, SeanAY – and the future Mrs. SeanAY, as we learned today!

  342. Jandy says:

    I simply don’t thinks he’s right in the head. I worry for the future.

  343. Jandy says:

    Yeah it’s done and off my desk, thank God.

    Ya know, I like most of the posters on here…but the bullying starts, I just see red.
    I guess I’m just wired that way.

    I don’t want to piss off anyone, but this has got to stop somewhere.

  344. cmat0829 says:

    dont recall specifically disagreeing that Ishikawa is who he is, a middling AAAA type of player. I could be wrong, I don’t catalog my blog inputs (and sorry, nor anyone else blog outputs)…. I take it as a fun exchange of thoughts and ideas, not dissimilar to sports bar talk. Not sure why folks are sensitive about the blogosphere, but to each his or her own.

    I do recall, and do affirm here, opining that the Pirates are not the only team in MLB that dumpster dives and I also see very little harm to said practice… you take a chance… Ishikawa is what he proved to be, Lambo insurance… instead of needing to have the young player press at the ML level when he was obviously not in a good place, you can send him to Indy and not embarrass yourself by playing someone at 1B who can’t handle the position (like, for example, Tony Sanchez).

    But just in case I specifically ripped you in the manner of opining that Ishikawa is my preferred player at 1B and in case I praised NH for the ‘find’ that was the Ishikawa signing (all possible in things blogging, especially after a brew or 5…….), I hereby apologize to you and say “YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT ISHIKAWA!!!!!!!” (bowing down repeatedly while typing this).

    LETS GO BUCS, we MUST BEAT THESE DESPICABLE BREWERS!

  345. 21sthebest says:

    No Jandy. You’ve missed the point completely. The point is that why is there a need to make these comments about what people will say?

    You can’ criticize Hurdle.
    It’s early.
    Etc.

    Why not just debate the comment when and if someone makes it?

  346. 21sthebest says:

    I agree Jandy. And for the record, I didn’t intend it to be a joke. It was a shot at Tyson.

  347. cmat0829 says:

    maybe Anthoprolous (spelling), Jack Z, Kevin Towers and Jerry DiPoto can all reconvene as owners in Dave Littlefield’s fantasy football league… btw, Jim Tracy is also an owner in that fantasy football league, and regularly spends his Tuesday AMs posting to his fellow owners which players let him down and how he made all the right lineup decisions…..

  348. Sarah says:

    Indeed Jandster!!
    And cos I respect you and this site, I try my Best to say why I am frustrated….
    And also try to post something positive!

    But Scapper throws a wrench in all that, so I’d urge us to mostly ignore it.

    We generally exchange ideas freely and debate, and if someone annoys someone, like I have had my D Downer moments, and get thwacked by a certain Size 9s, we work it out.

    All opinions are OK.

    That is why this site is cool.

  349. Jandy says:

    I didn’t miss any point, 21.

    I was called a moderator. So now that’s passed on to you?

    All I know is I’m sick of the bullying.

  350. Sarah says:

    Yeah, agree. Though Borts and Despres replacing Scorpik, sadly, ain’t gonna happa. Very frustrating. I expect Byslma back next year, Orpik extended, Nisky gone, and Despres moved.
    Hope I am wrong! In a D Downer mood today LOL!!!!

    I think the Letang deal was the back breaker. It eliminated realistic opps for elite Ws for Sid and Geno, so there we are …..Shero’s legacy.

    Unfortunately.

  351. cmat0829 says:

    Tabata FINE, per 24/7. So no Lambo yet. Though, I would like to see him soon, please.

    Lineup change, which I was silently hoping for…Martin out of the 5th spot (he bats 2nd)…Walker 5th and Snider 7th…. I think this is the right move.

    Interesting tweet from Trav — Polanco has swung and missed a total of EIGHT times this season…EIGHT. Marte, by contrast, has struck out 23 out of 59 times….no idea how many swing and misses he has but it is a ton.

    I love the fact that Polanco balances Marte in this respect…both are great prospects, big upsides, but would be tough to house two strikeout prospects in a lineup that also features Pedro Alvarez….

  352. jm says:

    “One mistake”? Let’s see: one egregious turnover that led to a goal; a selfish separing penalty that let everyone knw he hates to be hit; and a handful of … what else, turnovers.

    58 is a turnover machine. The whole world knows.

  353. Jandy says:

    it’s ok 21, seriously.

    I didn’t get it at first, but then I followed ya, and like I said, I agree entirely.

    :)

  354. Jandy says:

    true dat!

    But like I said, we have some that pick on one or another here relentlessly. And it bothers me. I kinda do the same to james, but I’m not mean about it. I just smh. He amazes me.

    lol

  355. Tough place, today. Maybe I better start getting up early and staying up late and opening and closing with prayer.

    No, better not. This is a sports blog, right? How about some politics? Oops. Forgot.

    :o <sarcasm emoticon singing a hymn

  356. Jandy says:

    The whole world also knows Geno and Neal are temper liabilities. They don’t get benched or demoted. so the whole world knows.

  357. Sarah says:

    Niiice!!!

  358. Jandy says:

    LOL!

  359. Jandy says:

    Spunky, I <3 you, man :*

  360. Sarah says:

    Of course, MM said today Letang should be back on the PP1.
    Can’t go w that.
    The guy nearly lost us the game single handed.

    Sorry Jandster!!!!

  361. Jandy says:

    OK I gotta move my butt…have to close up, errands to run, and Easter to prepare for.

    Whatever our disagreements, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful and uplifting Easter.

    Jandy, aka Moderator..aka b*tch, signing out…for now…

  362. Jandy says:

    No need for sorries, Tanger needs his azz kicked lol

  363. theplanisworking says:

    I just ran across it, not condoning or condemning what Madden said.
    Just a blurb I thought merited some thought.

    I just don’t know what to make of the personnel pairings sometimes, that’s all.

  364. Jim S. says:

    Happy Easter, Madame Garage League!

  365. 21sthebest says:

    Yeah I think you missed the point.

    And the bullying has gotten old.

  366. NMR says:

    Add it to the spreadsheet.

  367. Arriba Wilver says:

    There’s a “group” on here, but not the one you’re referring to, Plan.

    When Jandy questioned SeanAy’s sincerity it became impossible to ignore.

  368. NMR says:

    Not a fan at all of Walker batting after Pedro.

  369. NMR says:

    This lineup has the team’s three highest strikeout hitters batting in the first four spots.

  370. Sarah says:

    Yikes were you really happy w Kunitz?
    What does Bennett half glass full mean exactly ?…….

  371. Nate83 says:

    There has been disagreements on the blog lately? If you hadn’t said anything I wouldn’t have known :)

  372. Jim S. says:

    I’ve always equated it with low on base % and not much power.

  373. Jim S. says:

    And, maybe just a hint of irascibility thrown in for good measure.

  374. jm says:

    Did Geno or Neal take a temper-liablity penalty last night? I must have missed that.

  375. cmat0829 says:

    I guess I’m celebrating Russell Martin being moved out of 5 for now, he has been struggling… if not Walker then I guess Snider or Gaby can hit there….

  376. Sarah says:

    Oh goodness NO we have been very happy!

  377. Jim S. says:

    Peas in a friggin’ pod all day.

  378. theplanisworking says:

    Save your breath, Jandy.
    That group will never listen.
    Just save it.

    They are never wrong.

 
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