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Morning Java: Hey, Pittsburgh … BETTER pack PNC now

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

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>> Gregory Polanco will be promoted today, but it comes at quite a cost with Neil Walker having to undergo an appendectomy last night. Best wishes to an extraordinary young man. That can be a scary thing. Thoughts and prayers.

As far as Polanco, I’m pretty much all Polanco’d out, but I’ll add this now: PNC Park had better sell out.

I’m talking every seat, every suite, every standing-room inch on the rotunda.

Don’t misunderstand. I don’t care personally. Won’t mean anything to my life one way or the other. I’m talking, rather, about all that’s led up to this. Because after all this fuss, after all this bluster to the point of people concocting all kinds of stuff that had no foundation in fact, after all this oh-my-God-how-can-we-win-without-this-guy, we’ll know this was just a small, vocal group making all this noise. But I don’t think so. I think there are way more than 38,000 people in Pittsburgh to buy the remaining tickets to fill the place up.

No excuses, like they were when 8,000 seats sat empty for Gerrit Cole.

No nonsensical FanGraphs analysis comparing other players’ debuts in other cities, as if any of that was remotely relevant to Pittsburgh, a far more passionate sports city than most.

Every. Single. Ticket.

Or you’ve all just been blowing hot air.

In the interim, Charlie Morton, Andrew McCutchen, Travis Snider and — ahem — Starling Marte were both outstanding in the Pirates’ cruise-control victory last night over the Cubs. Rob Biertempfel has the game story.

Gerrit Cole tested his shoulder with light tossing, by Karen Price.

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

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Kings in three. That was my original call, and I nailed it.

Wait, they have to play another?

Oh, well. Guessing that one will play out the same way. What a hockey team. I’ll have much more to say about them once the series ends.

John Hynes, the Penguins’ Wilkes-Barre coach, will be interviewed for the vacancy in Pittsburgh, by beat man Rob Rossi.

Our Subway Final Word crew on WPXI-TV looked back at the firings:

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

Here are official Stanley Cup final highlights on

>> Heath Miller is embracing full health for the first time in a couple years, by Alan Robinson.

Martavis Bryant signs, leaving just two picks to go, by Robinson.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

>> Hope to see you in the chat. Thank you, as always, for reading.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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