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Teke promises he will be back

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media


Kent Tekulve, the last man to throw a championship-clinching pitch for the Pirates, will miss the rest of this baseball season as Root Sports’ in-studio commentator for ‘personal’ reasons he declined to disclose publicly, but he promised me tonight he will be back.

Ken Macha, the former big-league player and manager out of Monroeville, is replacing Teke, as some of you would have seen on today’s Pirates-Cubs broadcast.

Teke requests that his privacy be respected during this time, but he also asked that I share this much with all of you.

He didn’t ask me to share video of him getting birds to eat out of his hand in 1979, but here’s that, anyway:

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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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