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Most times when I read about something that looks good, say a recipe or a landscaping idea, and I try to to make it on my own, the results range from "meh" to "not too bad". But every so often, I luck out and the final result is better than I had hoped, it looks nicer than the picture, and I decide to incorporate it into my life. That is how this outfield makes me feel. Reading about the idea of this outfield playing for the Bucs for years to come was nice, but seeing it in action, watching as the word became flesh, well, I want to incorporate this in my life.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/game-67-pirates-8-marlins-6.html

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At least Cole didn't tear his ACL on the bases in extra innings of a game that should never have lasted that long.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/scenes-from-a-debacle.html

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During the "Dave Kerwin" era, Pat wrote a post about how focusing on the sniping and beanballs between the Brewers and Pirates was wrong, that the bigger issue was the Pirates were incapable of beating the Brewers in Milwaukee, and that is what we should be focusing on. Someone, and I apologize for forgetting who it was, left a comment that said "Is it still OK to want to chuck batteries at Ryan Braun?" I like to bring that to mind during games like this one because it keeps me from cussing as much.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/game-19-brewers-3-pirates-2.html

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Very sorry for you and your family at this loss.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/cadaco-all-star-baseball-my-grandfather-and-me.html

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When I first watched this video I saw COL, so my dumb brain thought that stood for Colorado and slightly diminished the blast due to altitude. Then I woke up and realized this happened in Columbus. Oh My.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/

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This has ruined my day.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/7455.html

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He had the same thought when he immediately called for a replay when Pedro slid under his tag at home. Beating the Cardinals is so much fun.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/game-4-pirates-12-cardinals-2.html

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Not including all the good things the Pirates did today (win, Cole being great, Pedro killing the ball, Morneau showing signs of life, squishing the "just happy to be here" narrative, and so forth), my favorite part was Costas one-upping every writer who has spelled McCutchen's last name incorrectly by referring to him as "Lawrence McCutchen".

9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1

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The only thing that could make me any more emotional about this game is if the Pirates took the field while the instrumental music from the playoff game in "Major League" blared over the stadium speakers.

Good luck to all of us.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on National League Wild Card Game preview: This is what we've been waiting for

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Same old Pirates, preparing to play a meaningless final game of the season.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 161: Pirates 8 Reds 3

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We get back to worrying about the division, home field, avoiding the need for Jeff Locke to start again this season, all of that can wait for tomorrow. Tonight, I am going to hang out with this big shit-eating grin that won't leave my face. Let's all inhale this right now.

10 months ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1

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For a while, my biggest fear has been not that the Pirates lose in the playoffs, but that we lose to the Reds in the playoffs because Hurdle is out-managed by Baker. Games like today do little to assuage this fear.

10 months ago on Game 156: Reds 11 Pirates 3

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I am going to sleep so much better tonight than I did last night. Thank you Bucs.

10 months ago on Game 155: Pirates 4 Reds 2

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My life consists of two true outcomes lately: hope and a great night of sleep with each win, despair and a night of tossing and turning with each loss. Here's to more of the former than the latter this weekend.

10 months ago on (Hopefully not) the last home series

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The magic number for the Pirates making the playoffs is ten. That means the magic number for the Pirates magic number to make the playoffs being in the single digits is one. I like that.

10 months, 1 week ago on Game 145: Pirates 7 Rangers 5

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I was thinking about the ground rule double and runners from first not being allowed to score. Why is that not determined by a judgement call from the ump? The game is filled with judgement calls, many people even embrace it (Human Element, I'm looking at you). The strike zone is interpreted, the definition of a check swing is not committed to paper but passed along though storytelling and parables to every new generation of umpires, balks are called based upon whims and antiquated notions, the neighborhood play exists, and the infield fly rule is filled with suppositions, assumptions, and, well, judgments. Yet for some reason, the ground rule double is a Bright Line.

The only way McCutchen, on first with two outs and going on contact, does not score on Pedro's double is if he gets lost and turns right at third base, yet the rule is that the ump can't make that assumption based upon his judgement. These are the same umpires who, when trying to determine whether a pitcher simply had a pitch get away from him or meant harm to a batter by aiming at his head, are called upon to divine intent, a.k.a. Read the Pitcher's Fucking Mind. But allowing them to award home to a fast runner on first running on contact would apparently give them too much discretion and power, and disrupt the current system where they have limited control over a game and are exceedingly meek and humble.

What a strange game.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 6

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After Cutch was thrown out at home and then the Giants came back to tie the game, I started thinking about how this game felt awfully similar to many of our games lately. Early Pirate runs put a smile to my face, I feel like this game is going to be different, then nothing is added on, the other team ties it, and we ultimately lose.

Is this trend real, or just selective editing on the part of my memory? If real, is there a reason behind it, such as opposing pitchers adjustments after the first time through the lineup? I was set to dig through the numbers, then the Pirates scored seven in the fifth inning, and a big smile came to my face, and I decided things were different now, that my search probably would have been inconclusive anyway, and I went to bed.

In summary, more runs equal better sleep.

11 months ago on Game 127: Pirates 10 Giants 5

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So it is out of pity for the Padres offensive woes that Harrison is our leadoff man? Thanks, Hurdle. My appreciation for your altruism will help me deal with any other frustrating decisions you make tonight.

(Please please please win this game. I don't want to have to deal with myself if you don't.)

11 months ago on A different kind of West Coast trip in August

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The past two starts by Locke have not only been games that we probably should have lost, but also the types of games we are usually on the opposite side of. Take last week's game against St. Louis from the Cards point of view. The opposing pitcher is giving up hits all day long, the opposing defense is shaky, the opposing catcher is caught stealing TWICE, yet the Cardinals lose because the go-ahead run moved into scoring position by tagging from first on a fly ball to left. Not just a normal loss, but a loss that makes the team and fans wonder what in the hell just happened.

We've been on the other side of games like last night, avoiding the big threat in the bottom of the eighth only to be finished off by someone like Josh Harrison in the bottom of the ninth. We've lost games like this before, and we will lose games like this again, but when we win them, I start thinking about things falling in to place and this season being different and I shudder. Then I put that thought away and wait for today's lineup to come out and focus on the pitching matchup.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 112: Pirates 4 Marlins 3

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I could watch his first inning strikeout of Pujols all summer long.

1 year ago on Game 74: Pirates 4 Angels 2

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As the ball was heading to right, I asked myself who was playing RF today. My brain quickly came back with the answer, and I cringed. Now that we apparently have a catcher who can throw to second on the fly, the most painful thing to watch as a Bucs fan is Jones stumbling around in right with a "this is going to get worse before it gets better" look on his face.

1 year, 3 months ago on Here goes something

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"Attention, HO-scale passengers. The dining car is closed. Root beer is still available, but the cost is now six-fifty. If the passengers will look to their right, you will see a sad man. That is all." - We are all that sad man.

1 year, 9 months ago on Game 155: Reds 1 Pirates 0

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Not surprised, just saddened. It feels like I am eight years old and I got grounded just before my best friend's birthday party. All of the fans of playoff contenders are watching games closely, looking at standings and remaining schedules, and I am sitting on the floor, staring at the wall.

1 year, 10 months ago on Game 149: Brewers 9 Pirates 7

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My favorite "what-if" is imagining what would have happened if Burnett didn't break his eye during a freaking spring training bunting competition and was able to pitch in April. If the Pirates finish a game or two out, I will blame this while simultaneously laughing at how perfectly it sums up the Hurdle experience.

1 year, 10 months ago on Here we go | August 2012

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The stinkiest part of his series is that we have a manager who is being out-managed by Dusty Baker. That's an impressive feat in a limbo sort of way.

1 year, 10 months ago on Game 141 Precap: F*ck you, Pirates | August 2012

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@wkkortas I miss that guy.

1 year, 10 months ago on I don't have anything to say right now | August 2012

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Every night, I watch less and less of each game, shaking my head at something stupid that just occured before tuning out. Every morning I look at the standings and see that we are still within striking distance, tell myself that we can't keep playing this crappily, and gear up to watch another game that evening. I know if the Bucs make it into the wildcard game, Barmes and Barajas will go a combined 0-7 with 6 K's, Qualls will do something dumb in a high leverage situation, and we will give up 9 stolen bases, all uncontested. It will most likely be horrible, but I want it so bad.

1 year, 10 months ago on I don't have anything to say right now | August 2012

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The big question is "are the trolls scrappy?"

1 year, 10 months ago on Let's try again | August 2012

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I've reached a level of calm detatchment with this team. The way the last month has unfolded, the idea of the playoffs seems preposterous. Still, it could happen. What is even crazier, it could happen not just in spite of Barmes and Barajas and Correia, but because of them. We could give up an infinite number of stolen bases and still make the playoffs. It is all so insane that it just might happen. So I am going to roll with this thought for the next week and see where it takes me.

1 year, 10 months ago on This is an opportunity | August 2012

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It has reached that point where I am still watching all the games, and I am still hoping for the best, but I am not caring. A couples of weeks ago, I would have been livid at Barmes incredibly shitty play during the first inning. Now it is just something on the TV. Please start playing well enough to give me a reason to care.

1 year, 11 months ago on A lot of roster moves and the Brewers | August 2012

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I went to bed after Jones tied it up in the 9th. Reading about how we lost makes me happy I did, because it would have been so damned infuriating to watch live.

1 year, 11 months ago on Game 123: Padres 7 Pirates 5 | August 2012

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Was the person who messed up your experiment Jim Tracy? If it was, but you don't want to name names, just write a post where you ask and answer seven rhetorical questions in a row.

1 year, 11 months ago on James McDonald hammered again: what happens with the rotation now? | August 2012

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@whygavs @TWT_Junior Yeah, it would be great to have games at PNC. When the Majestic cruised by the Stadium last night and blew the horn, I imagined how insane that would be with a packed house during a playoff game, and I started to hyperventilate.

1 year, 11 months ago on You are here [x] | August 2012

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I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are having non-sarcastic discussions about which players we should call up this month so that they would be eligible for the playoff roster.

1 year, 11 months ago on You are here [x] | August 2012

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When I saw that Gorkys was traded, I didn't like it because I like him as a defensive replacement for Jones in the outfield. Then I remembered the Snider trade meant that we should never have to witness Jones in RF again, and I was happy.

1 year, 11 months ago on Pirates trade deadline in review: Convention is your worst enemy | July 2012

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That OPS+ is causing me to shake my head in awe. I keep a mental list of my favorite things/players in baseball, so if someone asks me my opinion, I will be ready. No one ever does, but that doesn't mean I don't continually edit the thing. For a while, I had divisions in place for favorite player (Pirates only), favorite player (entire MLB), and best player in baseball. This year, these categories are in agreement. That's how great Andrew McCutchen is. He is simplifying my life.

2 years ago on Andrew McCutchen through 90 team games: this is a real thing that is happening | July 2012

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The first thing I look for when the lineup is posted is Jones position on defense. If a see a nine next to his name, I shudder. Last night, I was initially happy, but that is only because I forgot how bad Harrison can be out there. If the Bucs are going to keep putting people in RF who play the position like Doumit, let me know now. I'll just pull back inside my protective shell and watch the games from a safe remove, like I've done for the better part of two decades. But I would rather they just play someone in right who doesn't give the other opposition runs in close games while the team is contending for the division.

2 years ago on It's well past time to bring Starling Marte up | July 2012

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"...there is a very real chance that the Pittsburgh Pirates could make the playoffs this year." When I read something like this, my brain short-circuits. It is not that I think it is a ludicrous idea, nor do I immediately start planning the victory parade. It's more along the lines of we've been trudging along in this rut for two decades, our bodies inured to the pain, forgetting what we have been walking for because it is the only way to keep going, and all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says the finish line is within sight. It requires a mental adjustment to process this possibility.

2 years ago on Let's take a deep breath and be briefly logical about the Pirates | July 2012

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If this game happened two month ago, I would have watched the first three innings, thought "I see it's going to be one of those games", then quit watching because I knew that the Pirates would lose and the opposing pitcher would finish with a career high in strikeouts. Now, I watch and think "Cutch bats third next inning." Eight games over, tied for first.

2 years ago on Game 80: Pirates 8 Astros 7 | July 2012

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(after the final out) Nice victory. 3 games over .500. Always good to watch the Pirates win at home in front of a big crowd. Now I'll take a quick glance at the other games. (immediately switches over to Det-Cin) No, I'm not scoreboard watching, just looking for a close game to watch. Sure, it would be good if the Reds lost, but it is waaaay to early to even contemplate ramifications in the standings. (Reds tie the game in the bottom of the 8th, I curse, then apologize to my loved ones for the person I will become if the Pirates stay in contention.)

2 years, 1 month ago on Interleague begins | May 2012

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If you love the Human Element, you are in for a real treat with this umpire's strike zone.

2 years, 1 month ago on Charlie Morton to the disabled list, the Brewers loom | May 2012

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I was going to say something about how ludicrous it is to put Jones in RF after watching him throw 25 feet wide of his cutoff man. As I was about to post the comment, Harrison, playing shortstop, took the cutoff throw, turned to throw to third and promptly threw it 15 rows deep into the stands, allowing a run to score. I deleted my Jones post, not because it was wrong, but because sometimes you watch this team and you see so many bad things that Pirate Nihilism (Pihilism?) sweeps over you and you wonder what the point is. Now we are making Homer Bailey look like Greg Maddux in his prime as he has made it through four innings with a pitch count in the single digits. Looking for hope.

2 years, 1 month ago on Jordy Mercer arrives, the Bucs look to make up more ground | May 2012

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What makes McCutchen's play this season even more enjoyable is that he and the Pirates agreed on the contract extension. It would have been awful to have spent the last month wondering if each home run made a deal less likely, parsing comments from management/agents, and reading terrible columns saying either get a deal done now or trade him.

2 years, 2 months ago on Andrew McCutchen is on another planet right now | May 2012

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This has nothing to do with why the Bucs lost, but can the Pirates please stop playing Jones in RF? I like Jones. I admire him trying to play a position he is not capable of playing in order to help the team and get his bat in the lineup. But it is somewhere between painful and scary to watch whenever anything other than a routine pop-up heads in his direction. If only there were some way we could have his bat but not play him in right. What's that? We were playing an AL team on the road, and we could have used him as a DH? Who did we use instead? Yeah right, Harrison, that's pretty funny, but I am asking a serious question. Oh, you weren't joking? Well, #*%*.

2 years, 2 months ago on Game 39: Tigers 6 Pirates 0 | May 2012

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With Morton starting, shouldn't we go with an outfield of McCutchen, McLouth and Hernandez and call it the "Circle of Life" outfield?

2 years, 2 months ago on Pirates activate Gorkys Hernandez, presumably not to be a designated hitter | May 2012

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McCutchen's catch in the fifth was the most exciting moment of the year for me. When it left the bat, I thought "that ends the no-hitter, and of course it was LaRoche who did it." Then he caught it, except he didn't, but as he's descending he is able to track the deflection off the heel of his glove, haul it in and hold on. At that moment, I went from "McDonald is having a damned nice night" mode to "Cutch is bleeping awesome, don't all no-hitters have some defining play like this, the Nats must be so demoralized after that, this could actually happen" mode. It didn't work out that way, but I regret nothing. Also, we won. Wins = good.

2 years, 2 months ago on Game 38: Pirates 5 Nationals 3 | May 2012

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@Savage_Beast My inner manager went from screaming "No no no!" to "Go go go!" instantaneously. There are many shortstops who could bungle a play like that, including some who have played for the Bucs recently, but there are only two or three guys who could score from second like that. One of them plays for the Pirates, and his name is Andrew McCutchen.

2 years, 2 months ago on Game 30: Pirates 4 Nationals 2 | April 2012

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I am happy about this game for two reasons: 1) The Pirates won. 2) They did not get shut down by Moyer. When I saw the probables for this series, I was fearful of him pitching a complete game shutout and the slew of articles lauding his accomplishment while also including the following aside - "of course, since it happened against the Pirates, it shouldn't count as a major league victory". Also, McCutchen.

2 years, 2 months ago on Game 16: Pirates 5 Rockies 4 | April 2012

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And the rest of the N.L. Central will shudder when they hear the squeak.

2 years, 4 months ago on Spring training is too long (and other odds and ends) | March 2012

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I found you during the cup run, and have checked in periodically since. After every visit, I told myself "I like these recaps, I should always read them." Then I would forget about it because of laziness or stupidity. After the playoffs last season, during which Nate Thompson was magically transformed into an elk, I resolved to read every recap this season. I have kept that resolution, and have not regretted it. Please come back soon.

2 years, 4 months ago on oh hai | March

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I am sorry that you are too busy to give the Pirates Bunting Tournament the attention it deserves. When I realized it was an actual event, my first thought was I can't wait for Pat to write about this. Then I realized it involved only pitchers. Apparently the bunting competition for position players does not take place until the regular season.

2 years, 4 months ago on Wednesday links | February 2012

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Every extra million the Yankees pick up makes me like this idea more, and my opinion of him would change once he became a Pirate, but he has always struck me as a jackwad. The best case I could see is that he starts strong and becomes an attractive trade target for a contender. The other end of the spectrum is Operation Shutdown.

2 years, 5 months ago on A new WHYGAVS Poll! | February 2012

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From today's Biertempfel article in the Trib, here is Hurdle talking about some players needing to prove themselves in spring training:

""I've got to use my eyes and my gut to make some decisions," Hurdle said. "You can't just throw everything into the computer."

In his defense, he was talking about making evaluations based solely upon spring training stats, but why do I fear that this means he's going to determine who starts at RF and 3B by holding a bunt-off?

2 years, 5 months ago on News o' the day (Kotchman and Jackson edition) | January 2012

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"Look, I'm not stupid. I understand that the Pirates do less for Major League Baseball than the Yankees and the Red Sox. I understand that they draw fewer TV viewers, that the bring fewer fans into parks, that they sell fewer t-shirts, that they spend less money on free agents."

Among the many things that were depressing about the second half of last season was the free fall in the standings after Fox had added the Pirates to the Saturday games but before the games were actually played. I know not every Steelers fan is a Penguins fan is a Pirate fan, but for many people (myself included) it is a package deal. We see Steelers fans in the stadium for every road game and we've witnessed invasions of many arenas for Pens road games. I've always thought that with a little success, such as contending into August when these Fox games were broadcast, the Pirates could move the needle, that hibernating fans would rouse from their slumber, and maybe MLB would look at the Bucs as something to not ignore. Ah well.

Screw the new CBA.

2 years, 8 months ago on Baseball's new CBA: making things worse for small markets | November 2011

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Dear Bruce,

Just because Dan Bylsma knows how to use a napkin does not make him a fraud. Perhaps after you run out of players to bench and are fired, you can use your newfound free time to learn how to use one. My advice: start with paper ones. You are not ready for linen yet.

2 years, 8 months ago on Barbeque Bruce Opens His Fat Mouth Yet Again | Nov2011

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Usually the World Series depresses me. Watching teams that have multiple great players, incredible depth, very few weak spots, etc. after watching the Pirates all year and looking for signs of hope, I always realized how wide the gap is between us and them.

That is true this year, but the difference is that I've realized we don't need to replace Clint Hurdle to have a championship caliber manager. I've been shouting "What are you doing?!" during these games just as often as I did with the Bucs in the regular season. This series has Hurdle's fingerprints all over it. So although we need to upgrade our talent, next year whenever Hurdle goes on a bunt-a-thon, rather than get upset, I will recall this series and repeat "I'm all in" as my personal mantra.

2 years, 8 months ago on Speechless | October 2011

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I am rooting for the Tigers for two reasons. First, I analyzed the teams based upon the following question: "Which team winning would upset me the least?" Second, Jim Leyland has always given me the vibe of an uncle who would show up to my birthday party when I was seven, holding a highball in his hand while calling me "Bobby" even though that isn't my name, but making up for it by giving me fireworks when no adults were looking. Not a perfect individual, but still kindly.

2 years, 9 months ago on Question for Pirate fans? | September 2011

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Please score a run here.

2 years, 10 months ago on Karstens' last stand | September 2011

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@whygavs Then my work here is done.

2 years, 10 months ago on Game 148: Cardinals 6 Pirates 4 | September 2011

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"...then Clint Hurdle took over in the bottom of the ninth and kept the bunt sign on..."

If you mean the spirit of Hurdle, yelling from beyond the dugout that "we are all in", his monomaniacal love of "productive outs" seeping through the fabric of his coaching staff, turning them into ClintClones, leaving them unable to pursue nothing but the holy grail of a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, then you are correct. But he had been ejected by that point in the game.

2 years, 10 months ago on Game 148: Cardinals 6 Pirates 4 | September 2011

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If it seems like work, then don't keep going. As fans, we can look at the sub-replacement level pitcher the opposition is throwing on the mound when the Pirates are struggling and correctly predict that he is a guy who will give the Bucs fits. But you know what will happen. A trade will be made. A game will be won. A bunt will be dropped. Smizik will post something about RBI's and you'll be posting comments on his blog under the username Wherefore Art Thou Lefty Mcthump.

But you won't do that because where others look at the soon to be streak of 19 CLS and see only a monolith, shaking sticks and bones at it, you like to chisel away and try to make some sense of it. And that's why come here.

2 years, 10 months ago on The State of WHYGAVS: September, 2011 | September 2011

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I know all the arguments against keeping Derrek Lee next year, and I doubt if he is interested in staying, but am I the only one who thinks he could fill a role similar to the one Gary Roberts filled with the Pens? I'm probably just too excited at the prospect of having a professional first baseman, and intangibles/schmintangibles, but hell, I like the guy.

2 years, 10 months ago on Game 139: Pirates 7 Cubs 5 | September 2011

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Thank you Derek Lee for a rare moment of joy during the past month.

2 years, 10 months ago on Yesterday and today | September 2011

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Very selective editing, Pat. What about the big picture? We're sticking it to Baltimore and Minnesota!

The last month has been so sad.

2 years, 10 months ago on Welcome to the basement | September 2011

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My hands are now gouging my eyes out after the bottom of the 6th.

2 years, 10 months ago on A matter of pride | August 2011

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"I'm a Pirate fan. I get intrigued by the most vaguely impressive things."

That's been the key to keeping me going for the last two decades.

2 years, 10 months ago on Ross Ohlendorf struck out six hitters last night. So what does that mean? | August 2011

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There is a boat anchored in international waters that rebroadcasts games with the implied oral consent of Major League Baseball rather than the express written consent. Or so the legend goes. Maybe we can pick up that signal.

2 years, 10 months ago on Another Saturday afternoon game | August 2011

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Thank you Joel.

2 years, 11 months ago on Aaron Thompson's debut | August 2011

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Love that we signed Bell. Hell, I liked the pick whether we signed him or not. A calculated risk that this organization needs to take.

The Bucs win, and our #1 and 2 picks are signed. A damn good night.

Now let's just hope everything went through before the deadline.

2 years, 11 months ago on MLB Draft Signing Deadline 2011: Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole AND Josh Bell | August 2011

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Fuck, the more I recall that night, the angrier I become. How can an allegedly pro hockey franchise try to celebrate something that in no way resembled a hockey game and try to proclaim that it was a highlight of their season? As with all rhetorical questions, the person asking knows the answer. It is because their organization, from the top down, is populated with mouth-breathing jackwads.

2 years, 11 months ago on The 2/11 Viewing Party. What They're Saying. | TPB

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@Savage_Beast That night still pisses me off. I remember watching the game, thinking that it just wasn't our night, and being prepared to turn it off. Then the shit-storm started happening, and I couldn't turn away, because the Isles seemed to be trying to one-up each other their idiotic, moronic, meat-headed, "cage-worthy" behavior.

I know all fans are jaded. I am as biased as the next guy. But I will never understand how this game became a rallying point for the Islanders "standing up for themselves". That shit made the Hanson brothers look like perennial Lady Byng candidates.

2 years, 11 months ago on The 2/11 Viewing Party. What They're Saying. | TPB

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And I am very sorry that K-Rod may have hurt himself.

2 years, 11 months ago on This series is not important | August 2011

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Screw it. I eagerly await the Brewers impending failure in the post-season. I will laugh at their loss of Fielder in the off-season. I'm not proud of my pettiness, but I am comfortable with it.

Oh, I also eagerly await Morgan's next suspension for losing his composure while "interacting" with opposing fans in the outfield.

2 years, 11 months ago on This series is not important | August 2011

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"I don't believe in moral victories, I don't believe that the 2011 Pirates beating the 2011 Brewers will help the 2012 Pirates beat the 2012 Brewers"

You forgot about avenging the memory of Dave Kerwin.

2 years, 11 months ago on This series is not important | August 2011

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@Savage_Beast I'm not a proud fan, I'll take them anyway I can get them.

2 years, 11 months ago on The time for moping is over | August 2011

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@Savage_Beast@KING KLIMAS Can I start a campaign to get the Human Element into the Hall of Fame?

2 years, 11 months ago on The time for moping is over | August 2011

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@KING KLIMAS I was worried I wouldn't be able to talk about the great performance by the Human Element during the bottom of the second.

2 years, 11 months ago on The time for moping is over | August 2011

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Luckily I have had family visiting me for the past two weeks, so I wasn't able to obsess over the Pirates as I usually do, instead I was just looking at the result after a busy day. But they are gone now, and tonight I will devote my full attention to this team. I want to believe. I want to win. I want the pain to end.

P.S.

Shouldn't Morton throw a little chin music at Vogelsong during his first AB? It wouldn't make much sense, but it would make Bucs fans smile a little.

2 years, 11 months ago on The time for moping is over | August 2011

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I remember a few years ago when Lee was with the Cubs and he had Aramis Ramirez at third and Cedeno at short. On a daily basis they would throw terrible balls to Lee, so terrible that it seemed like they were intentionally trying to injure him as he stretched to make the catch/pick, but he would handle the balls with aplomb. Even now his defense is a definite upgrade over what we are currently trotting out there on a daily basis, and he won't be worse than Overbay offensively.

And not to get into intangibles too deeply, but he has a sweet swing, has dealt with personal problems with grace, and of all the dumb things that Zambrano has ever thrown a fit over, his questioning of Lee's effort was the dumbest thing he has ever done.

2 years, 11 months ago on Pirates Acquire Derrek Lee from Orioles for Aaron Baker | July 2011

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The trade deadline is like Christmas: You give some things, you get some things, and everyone around you drives you crazy. I hope we can do something to improve our team, and I will be glad when it is over.

2 years, 11 months ago on If the Pirates are going to make a big move, this is what it should be | July 2011

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Hypothetical Question:

Was that call so bad that even John Russell would have come out of the dugout to argue?

2 years, 12 months ago on Umpires and instant replay and the end of the Pirates/Braves game | July 2011

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@Skeezix Thanks for the info, e-mail sent to all three.

2 years, 12 months ago on Game 101: Umpires 1 Braves 3 Pirates 3 | July 2011

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Dear Bud,

I watched this game for seven hours, then one of your employees blew a call and ended the game prematurely. If your sport allowed replay for these calls, the game would still be going on. However, we can't have replay for these situations because many people say it would slow down the game. My response is that "I watched this game for seven hours." Baseball can't get any slower. Hell, you allow a catcher to visit the mound, then after he leaves the pitching coach comes out, then after he leaves the manager comes out to make a pitching change all because they were stalling for time so the reliever could warm up. It's a slow game. We get it. We're actually OK with it. And taking an extra minute or two to overturn such an obvious blown call wouldn't disrupt the fabric of the game or the space-time continuum. Actually it would allow me more time to grab another beer.

P.S.

Fuck that umpire.

2 years, 12 months ago on Game 101: Umpires 1 Braves 3 Pirates 3 | July 2011

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All I can say is that whenever I think this team has hit their high-water mark, they prove me wrong. So prove me wrong, kids, prove me wrong.

2 years, 12 months ago on This lineup ... yikes | July 2011

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When they announced during last night's game that Phillips had hit a walk-off HR against St. Louis, I went numb. And I have never been so interested in a July game between Colorado and Milwaukee. Please keep this going. It is so damn enjoyable, and if some is good, more is better.

3 years ago on The Pirates are in first place | July 2011

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I'm torn.

On the one hand, I agree with this post.

On the other hand, ALPHABET SOUP!

3 years ago on Where do Neil Walker's RBIs come from? | July 2011

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"I'm not a superstitious person."

Neither am I, except when it comes to sports, and tonight I was worried. The combination of the Pirates doing well, a gift certificate for my birthday, and my current Pirates hat being older than the consecutive-losing-season-streak (i.e. not fit for company, polite or otherwise), I purchased a new hat. It arrived on Thursday, and although I really like it, I was worried that it would destroy what this team is doing, especially once the Cubs took the lead late.

Then McKenry hit the home run and any thoughts about superstition went away and were replaced by pure joy.

Four games over, one game out.

3 years ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/july-2011/game-87-pirates-7-cubs-4.html

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No doubt he deserved it, and he could still make it if there is an injury, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that he has been raking the ball, and this slight will not hurt him. I don't want to get into a "players shouldn't need extra motivation, they are professionals, etc..." discussion, and maybe I was projecting my own thoughts during the game, but it looks like he wanted to show certain people the error of their ways. And the thought of Cutch going on a tear during the next nine games of our schedule, when the Bucs have a chance to make hay while the sun shines, to move well past .500, well, I like that.

P.S. If there was a stat for Wins Above Replacement While Around Replacements (WARWAR or WAR squared), McCutchen would be running away with it. Maybe we can ask Schilling to run the numbers.

3 years ago on Andrew McCutchen is awesome whether he's an All-Star or not | July 2011

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Of course when I wrote that, I did not know that he could end up on the DL with concussion-like symptoms. This will lead to D'Arnaud, Wood, Harrison, Overbay, and McKenry/Fryer infield we all envisioned at the beginning of the season. Please keep it together guys.

3 years ago on Doubleheader Saturday | July 2011

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The PG had a little note about Cedeno's recent hot streak. The timing of his surge roughly coincides with D'Arnaud's call-up, just as nice stretch earlier in the season came around the time that Brandon Wood was brought in. Is this what we have to do? If so, maybe the Pirates can just pick somebody out of the mail room every couple of weeks, give him a uni, and tell Ronny that the new guy is a shortstop just called up from the minors.

3 years ago on Doubleheader Saturday | July 2011

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"Here's my question: does Clint Hurdle realize that just because he has 25 guys on the roster doesn't mean that he has to use all of them?"

Answer: Pedro Ciriaco.

3 years ago on Game 81: Nationals 2 Pirates 1 | July 2011

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Tomorrow I will wake up, ignore the Pirates run differential and generally poor offensive stats, and keep repeating "Two over and two out" with a big old Mario Incandenza grin on my face.

3 years ago on Game 80: Pirates 6 Blue Jays 2 | June 2011

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You know what's fun? Scoreboard watching. Legitimate, un-ironic good old-fashioned scoreboard watching.

3 years ago on Can Karstens keep going? | June 2011

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For the second time this year, my mantra is "2 game over, 3 games out."

3 years ago on Game 78: Pirates 7 Blue Jays 6 | June 2011

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Don't forget the contributions of Ronny Cedeno. He's been playing like a vacuum cleaner: He either sucks up everything that comes his way, or he just sucks.

3 years ago on Game 78: Pirates 7 Blue Jays 6 | June 2011

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What I learned from the series:

1) This team is going to keep me interested and scared for the rest of the season.

2) When you combine a severe case of Short Man's Complex with Early Onset Male Pattern Baldness, you get a really charming fellow like Pedroia.

3 years ago on Game 77: Red Sox 4 Pirates 2 | June 2011

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Going into this stretch of inter-league play, the CW was that we had to stockpile wins against Cleveland and Baltimore before facing Boston and Toronto. After being swept by the Tribe, things looked bleak. But after having clinched a series win against the Red Sox, especially in front of a packed house at PNC, I am walking around with a big dumb grin on my face. My new mantra is "Let's put .500 in the rear-view mirror."

3 years ago on Game 76: Pirates 6 Red Sox 4 | June 2011

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All through Ortiz at-bat, my brain was alternating between two thoughts: "If we can get this out, I think we can win", and "Don't groove it Veras or he'll knock one into the river." Veras (!) got the out, we won, and life is beautiful again.

3 years ago on Game 75: Pirates 3 Red Sox 1 | June 2011

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@Mornacale In the SI season preview, an anonymous scout said that Cedeno "shows flashes of consistency." That sums him up perfectly.

3 years, 1 month ago on Stop the bleeding | June 2011

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Aghhhhhhhhhhh. Great catch to save two runs then a balk gives them one.

3 years, 1 month ago on Here comes the DH! | June 2011

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All day long, I've been repeating "2 over, 3 out" as my personal mantra. I've also been apologizing in advance to people close to me, because if the Pirates do stay in some form of contention, I am going to drive everyone I know crazy.

3 years, 1 month ago on Here comes the DH! | June 2011

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"I'm not sure I understand how they do this on most nights, but I don't really care."

This "positive apathy" we are experiencing regarding this team is the best part of the season, as opposed to the "Pirates lost again and I don't care" type of apathy we are used to.

3 years, 1 month ago on Game 67: Pirates 7 Astros 3 | June 2011

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You can't spell "impending free-fall in the standings" without "all in".

3 years, 1 month ago on Hurdled | June 2011

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F*** yeah. My fear level of this team is at an all-time high.

3 years, 1 month ago on Zach Duke vs. Paul Maholm: Watch the universe implode on itself | June 2011

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@JoshuaHaupt @whygavs

Looking at the schedule, we're in the midst of 26 games over 27 days, and three games that were postponed by rain that will have to be made up at some point, I don't think it was a terrible idea.

Now watch me bunt.

3 years, 1 month ago on Game 59: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 5 | June 2011

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This game was exactly like Sunday's game against the Phillies: poor effort from the starter, not much offense, yet somehow the Bucs were hanging around even though you knew they had been outplayed. After seven innings, it felt like previous incarnations of this team, like we were going to produce a six game losing streak at the drop of a hat. And then the bottom of the 8th happened, in spite of the crazy bunt attempts, and we won. Again, this team is starting to scare me.

3 years, 1 month ago on Game 59: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 5 | June 2011

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Your wish has been granted.

3 years, 1 month ago on MLB Draft 2011: Day 2 thread | June 2011

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"It's true that drafting a college pitcher first overall gives me the howling fantods..."

For your next trick, can you write a post in which the Littlefield era is presented as a game of Eschaton?

3 years, 1 month ago on MLB Draft Day 2011: Everyone's best guess is Gerrit Cole | June 2011

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@Derek B. It's kind of scary. Usually at this point of the season, we've already experienced the high-water mark, something in the form of taking two out of three against a decent opponent to get within 4 games of .500. The fatalist in you says "That was nice, but that's as close to winning baseball as we are going to get this season." Then the team would lose 7 of 9 and sink into oblivion.

This feels different, and I don't know what to make of it.

3 years, 1 month ago on Game 54: Pirates 9 Mets 3 | June 2011

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Before the Bundy buzz picked up, I recall reading some article that there was a team (the Rays?) that were targeting him as a late first-rounder but were thinking of him as an offensive player. Does he project that well on offense? Was this just hope on their part that he would fall that far combined with a feeling that they have more organizational depth with pitching than offense?

3 years, 2 months ago on Life and baseball can be so unfair (or, what should the Pirates do with the first pick in the 2011 draft?) | May 2011

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This is great news. Love your work, and being able to get a print at a great price for a good cause helps take away some of the pain from last night.

Go Stephen.

Go Pens.

3 years, 2 months ago on Dream Job | ss

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Fuck Steckel.

Fuck Hedman.

Fuck those two dumbasses whose lack of skating ability wrecked the knees of Geno and Jeffrey.

Fuck Gilles, Haley, and Martin.

Anyone else?

Oh yeah, fuck Colin Campbell.

Thanks, I needed to get that off my chest.

Players, get healthy. Fans, rest up.

Go Pens.

3 years, 2 months ago on Morning-After Pill: Easy to swallow | TPB

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@Comrade Wetschev @MichalekIsland We all answer the bell come playoff time. My only real complaint is it is a little early for beer here.

3 years, 3 months ago on Playoff Gameday - Round One, Game Five - Lightning | TPB

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On the west coast trying to pound down enough caffeine before the puck drops. Solid job on the Neal .gif.

It's bitch-grinding-down time. Go Pens.

3 years, 3 months ago on Playoff Gameday - Round One, Game Five - Lightning | TPB

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If you need a break from inspirational game highlight videos, but still want to recall good vibes, this filet-o-fish commercial was an under-appreciated contributor to the 2009 run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bJOIqVAD-s

3 years, 3 months ago on Clutch City: Pittsburgh Penguins Clutch Performances | TPB

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@whygavs @Savage_Beast Is that because of his annoying habit of always asking and answering his own rhetorical questions? Partly.

3 years, 3 months ago on Home Opener 2011 | April 2011

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I think Hurdle argued more calls during the opening three games of this season than Russell did during his entire tenure.

3 years, 3 months ago on Game 3: Pirates 5 Cubs 4 | April 2011

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Pat,

I think that instead of saying "...I'm going to not like Hurdle very much at all", you meant to say "I'm all in."

3 years, 3 months ago on Game 2: Cubs 5 Pirates 3 | April 2011

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"Travesty"
"Sideshow"
"Painful"
"Unacceptable"
"Embarrassing"
"[the NHL] failed"

Buries It nails it, and does so better than any hockey commentator I have read concerning Friday night's "game".

3 years, 5 months ago on Mario Lemieux Buries The NHL In A Statement

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@RedArmyRenesis @Pittsburgh_in_Mpls Good luck on that next TV deal. This shit kills any momentum they built with the olympics and winter classic.

3 years, 5 months ago on Gillies gets 9 games, Martin gets 4, NYI gets 100K fine

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underwhelming response NHL. You just set the precedent for revenge games from here on out. If I'm a joke organization like the Isles, anytime I feel there is a "score" to settle, I call up a bunch of no-talent hack jobs and let them run amok. A month later, I can do it again with the same players. I know $100k is a chunk for the isles, but more suspensions were warranted, both with players and their coach. And the refs, and whoever assigned the refs to this game.
Last night was worse for the league than they realize. Making a statement may have been too much to ask for considering how things are usually dealt with by Bettman, Campbell, et al., but they could have fucking tried.

Fuck it. Here's hoping we get back to beautiful hockey, hell, even normal hockey, sometime soon.

3 years, 5 months ago on Gillies gets 9 games, Martin gets 4, NYI gets 100K fine

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@Fitzy Their "coach" either approved of what his team was doing or else was completely unable to control his players. Either reason seems grounds for a suspension.

3 years, 5 months ago on RECAP: The Ambush On Isle. PENS LOSE

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Note to Isles Blogs: This wasn't a "statement game". This was your organization employing the lowest common denominator.

Note to Tavares: This wasn't a "pretty entertaining affair". It was an abomination.

Note to NHL: This wasn't a "penalty-marred game". You lost control of your product.

3 years, 5 months ago on More PENS-ISLES shit

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@Comrade Blackout @SaintMarty After this game, I watched the end of the Hawks-Stars game just to rinse the bad taste out of my mouth. The final whistle blew on the Pens game blew hours ago, and I'm still pissed. Surfing various hockey sites, the general consensus so far seems to be a "what a lot of PIM's, oh those boys-will-be-boys", and maybe tomorrow I will feel that way, but I don't think so. This was bad for the game, and if the NHL does nothing, nothing good will come of it.

3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 8-3. 7400 PIMs

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@Comrade Blackout Amen. I doubt that they will, but the league needs to realize that this is a potential watershed moment. Any network looking to bid on the next national television contract will look at these types of games and say "what a cute little niche sport, but we'll pass."

3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 8-3. 7400 PIMs

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@demondg1 I thought about that during the game too, except that movie was funny, this was not. I don't know what the repercussions would have been, but after the Tangradi cheap shot followed by the Johnson fight, I thought Bylsma should have considered pulling his team of the ice and telling the league "If you are unable to officiate and control a game, we are unwilling to play."

3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 8-3. 7400 PIMs

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This was just sickening. From the second period on, one phrase kept running through my head: "Garage League."
Except it was worse than that. It was ugly for any fan, from the "No Fight Club" to the Don Cherry-Mike Milbury "stand up and fight like a man" crowd, to people who only notice hockey when a train wreck like this occurs. Unless you are an Islanders mouthbreather, nobody can be happy, and the league needs to come down hard, even if the Pens (although as a Pens fan, I don't think they should be) are swept up in the punishments. Just a sad night.

3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 8-3. 7400 PIMs

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I hope that Cooke uses the standard Ovechkin excuse after a cheap shot: "I went to check him but he moved to avoid the hit at the last second."

3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 3-0

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