Baseball Jeremiad


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Last Night

I woke up this morning with a dream fresh in my head.

In the dream, I found myself watching a baseball game at a local high school field. Normal, I thought to myself. And then I realized the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing a high school and losing.

Here’s the kicker: twice in the inning the Pirates catcher threw the ball over the pitcher’s head to allow runners to advance and runs to score.

The poor Pirates can’t even win in dreams.

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Enjoy the Pirates, Mr. Lincoln?

Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Welcome to the majors, Brad Lincoln.

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Deep Thoughts, Tuesday Morning Edition

Will I watch more coverage of “Super Duper Tuesday” or the Strasburg Debut?

Answer: I’ll be focused on the Pierogi/President Showdown:

For the third straight season, the Racing Presidents will face the visiting Pierogies from Pittsburgh during each of the three games vs. the Pirates. Starting Tuesday June 8, Teddy, Abe, George and Tom will square off against Jalapeño Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Saul and Oliver Onion. The tradition started in 2008. In the inaugural race, the four Pierogies were chased by Teddy, wielding a large aluminum foil fork and knife. In the most recent race, held last season in Pittsburgh, Teddy was TKO’d by Potato Pete’s flying tackle, easily the most viewed moment in the history of the young rivalry.

DC Matt will be on-site at Nationals Park for the debut; no word if he’ll renew his on-again, off-again relationship with Jalapeño Hannah.

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A Make-Up, A Cliche and a Journeyman

After last week’s disasterous attempt to see a Pirates game, I’ll be trying again today.

I’m setting the attendance over/under for this 12:35 Cubs/Pirates make-up game at about 1,000.  Any takers?

Meanwhile, I think’s preview for the game sums things up rather adroitly (or just shows the desperation Chris Hempson must have felt when writing the blurb):

The Pirates, meanwhile, can only hope they will score a run off Silva, as the 31-year-old hasn’t given up a run against the Pirates in 9 2/3 innings over five career relief appearances. Granted, he hasn’t faced them since 2003, but Cubs manager Lou Piniella will hope the trend continues, as the Cubs want to snap a 1-7 record in eight games against the Bucs during this year.

Silva, however, doesn’t have anything special planned for the Pirates.

“I just pitch my game,” he said. “Go there, pitch my game.”

Newly acquired Dana Eveland will take the hill for the Pirates, as he looks to erase any memories of his final three starts with the Blue Jays, during which he surrendered 17 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.

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Dispatches from a Pirate Ship

Recently, Rob Neyer catalogued the woes of the Pirates’ starting rotation.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic reported Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington’s thoughts on the shellacking the Buccos’ starters have received:

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Baseball Musings

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  • MLB Network on Sabathia: "CC is one of the few pitchers in the league who is his own batting eye." 10 years ago
  • Sabathia vs. Halladay tonight: noted hitting hurler Sabathia is hitting .500 against Cy Young winners (okay, he's 1 for 2 against Johan) 10 years ago
  • RT @jaysonst: Now that Stephen Strasburg has pulled into town, the most important era in Nationals history has officially begun. http:// ... 10 years ago

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