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I had an easier time following Leopold Bloom through Dublin.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/the-pirates-payroll-and-russell-martin.html

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No comment on, "Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout"?

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/pirates-bench-coach-jeff-banister-hired-to-manage-rangers.html

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100% believe the Pirates maxed out this year.  The problem is their ceiling was lower this year when they made no improvements during the off season and some talent got away.  The last half of your last sentence says it all, "they’re going to have to approach this winter differently than last winter."

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/the-aftermath-2.html

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@wkkortas @BobRoss1 We could have trotted Doug Drabek out there and lost by run in the ninth and the result would have been the same.  WC are 50-50 and were are batting .500 over the last two years.  WHYGAVS put out a very sane prediction of about 85 wins and just missing the playoffs at the beginning of the season and Pirates had a great Sept, made the playoffs and nearly won the division.  The loss sucks abut the overall season was a plus.  Now let's see if they do more this offseason than they did last offseason.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/nl-wild-card-game-giants-8-pirates-0.html

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Anyone else read this with the tune "What a Wonderful World " playing in their heads?

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-and-nbc-trade-premier-league-and-ryder-cup-rights-for-michelle-beadle.html

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Nice pic.  Thank you for not using a more recent, and cliche pic.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-159-pirates-10-braves-1.html

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One of my biggest wishes coming into the season was another winning record so we wouldn’t be subject to a slew jackassery about starting a new streak.As the Pirates have approached wins in the upper 70s I have watched with quiet satisfaction as the Pirates have not only approached that magic number but have also kicked it into a higher gear.Should be an exciting few weeks.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-151-pirates-9-red-sox-1.html

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No surprise.  While there is some homerism, the local announcers are much more knowledgeable about the team.  Fox had the Pirates on for the first time in forever (and understandably so) and it only took until the second inning before the announcer defaulted to hackneyed stuff like pointing out the Clemente wall is 21 feet high and Clemente's number was 21. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-fans-rather-watch-local-broadcasts-espn-broadcasts.html

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Still pissed about the fastball courtesy of Kirk “skipping my son’s graduation” Gibson.I am reaching out to a transsexual operative in the AZ desert who knows a paraplegic, quadruple agent who might be able to squeak on over and pay Kirk a visit.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/game-145-pirates-6-phillies-3.html

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@inf_jest @mzemek Maybe they can trade for that Incandenza kid at AZ.  I hear he can really punt that thing into next week.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/32-questions-about-32-teams.html

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Even if they lose tonight they are not toast because of the remaining schedule.  Best guess is they are a near miss for the playoffs, but with the way the team battles every day they could get in.  It is one of the things I like about these guys.  If it is a near miss then we essentially get teased until the very end.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-138-cardinals-6-pirates-4.html

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If they aren’t doing this already, I suspect teams will work deep into counts and run up the starter’s pitch count get to the bullpen ASAP.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-132-pirates-5-cardinals-2.html

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The poor fielding is what bothers me the most.  Everything else can be attributable to not having the right players which is awfully hard to fix mid-season unless you are big market team.  Last year the Pirates had the 9th most errors whereas this year they have the second most.  Plus, last year it seemed like the other teams made the Lastings/Nyjer type of game losing errors.  This is something they control that could be the difference between just making or just missing the playoffs.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-131-cardinals-3-pirates-2.html

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Something I admire about Clint Hurdle is how he is not afraid to make a decision that is not always the safe decision.There are times when he puts a less than stellar lineup out to try and steal a win or two so the stars don’t wear down.Moving Pedro to first is another example.If it doesn’t work out we will pillory him but he knows that in order to get in the playoffs he needs to do something different to give Pedro a chance to regain form.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-129-pirates-10-brewers-2.html

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@miniplen 

Kirk Gibson wasn’t watching anyway.He was too busy macraméing jean shorts and listening to Coldplay.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-128-pirates-8-brewers-3.html

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Luck favors the prepared and they don't win from those lucky bounces if they are not within striking distance in the first place.  That's my story and I am sticking to it.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-127-pirates-3-braves-2.html

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You buried the lede: "the faculty member who ran it the year before basically had a mini, Election-like downward spiral"  Please, do share.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/2014-articles/things-youll-need-to-host-a-live-fantasy-football-draftclusterfuck.html

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When it comes to Pirate opponents, I can't think of two teams I hate more than the Braves and the Brewers.  This could be a very long week.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-125-braves-7-pirates-3.html

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I read, "Clint Hurdle throws up hands in frustration" and immediately thought, "Oh no, did Tony Randazzo toss him from the game?"

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/clint-hurdle-throws-up-hands-in-frustration-starts-pedro-alvarez-at-first-base.html

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Here is a ray of irrational exuberance:The Pirates were on the road playing the hottest team in baseball with their hotshot pitcher doing rehab starts and their MVP on the DL and played each game to within a run.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-124-nationals-6-pirates-5.html

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There have been times this season were things did not go well and I felt disappointed.  Even during the rough patch early in the season I was never mad, just disappointed.  All through the eight and ninth inning I was truly disgusted with Watson and Wilson.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/neil-walker-back-out-of-the-lineup-pirates-hope-jeff-locke-can-help-stem-pitching-woes.html

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@augerbit 

The switch from local media to national media can be very frustrating.Although local media may not have the panache of the national talking heads, they have a much deeper knowledge of their team.The under/over on a national broadcast of a Pirates home game stating that the Clemente (#21) wall is 21 feet high is about two innings.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/if-local-baseball-tv-ratings-are-so-strong-why-are-world-series-all-star-game-numbers-so-low.html

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The rise of the regional sports network has pretty much defined how MLB is consumed; including 7:00 PM start times.The national outlets have other programming they feel is more worthy and the few games carried are the same handful of teams.That doesn’t really build a casual fan base that will want to watch the playoffs when the sports schedule is crowded and the start times are 9:15 PM.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/if-local-baseball-tv-ratings-are-so-strong-why-are-world-series-all-star-game-numbers-so-low.html

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It would have been interesting to have gotten Roger Eberts take.  He usually had a great appreciation for films like these.

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

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Injuries can be really tricky.  For instance, Kirk Gibson suffers from uterine prolapse but continues to manage the Diamondbacks on a daily basis.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/a-few-thoughts-on-andrew-mccutchen-and-a-gerrit-cole-update.html

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"the Pirates are not a collection of 24 hobos-in-pajamas"

That would be the White Sox circa 1978

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/andrew-mccutchen-is-probably-headed-to-the-disabled-list-whats-next-for-the-pirates.html

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Superhero movies over the past ten years have been light years beyond what came before.

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

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"which would imply that they need a utility guy, which would imply that Josh Harrison will be playing third base"

This scenario eluded several major sports outlets including the yahoos at Yahoo.They kept assuming that Harrison would somehow still be a utility player.

Also, good choice on the Death Wish 3 movie poster.Not exactly your run of the mill stock photo.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/jayson-nix-vengeance-and-sundays-game.html

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It appears that the playoffs start in August this year.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/interference-and-other-things.html

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I read the linked article.  There might be a slight poke at Ben but it really seemed like he was more about how Manning goes the extra mile.  I will be more than happy for any success Sanders has this year.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://blitzburghblog.com/

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"Hey SAS, don't do us any more favors" -- Steeler fans everywhere

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/stephen-a-smith-ben-roethlisberger-has-never-come-across-as-a-bad-guy.html

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I remember watching games early in 2013 and the starting lineup graphic would show Cutch above .300 and everyone else woefully short.Now when they show the lineup the top five are .285 or above.It is a thing of beauty.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/the-evolving-pirate-offense.html

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The less vs fewer in Word Crimes is reminiscent of Infinite Jest.If you were able to get past page 250 without bailing it really picks up and there is a funny side note about one of the character’s jihad to get super markets to use 10 items or fewer instead of less.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/

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As the parent of older kids and I can tell you that the next couple of years will suck.Both kids pretty much need constant attention and you never seem to get a good night’s sleep.That said, when the younger one hits three life gets much better.They both need less attention, one or more is potty trained, they can sometimes entertain each other and, best of all, you can do something with them beside feed and change them.Also, unless you are cranking them out like an assembly line, having a third is infinitely easier.I thought people were BSing me when they told me this but it turned out to be true.I am not sure if that counted as advice or if I am just another useless older parent who won’t be on your Christmas card list but no sweat, you’ll be too freaking tired to so get them out.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/

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Are you rehabilitated?

Am I sorry for The Decision?

Well are you?

There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who did that terrible special. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone, and this douche in hipster glasses is all that's left. I got to live with that.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/frank-caliendo-reads-lebron-james-letter-as-morgan-freeman.html

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You left out the guy in the booth that need a big steaming cup of STFU.  Looking at you Bud.


Also, is it safe to say Neil Walker is one of the players most under appreciated by people outside of Pittsburgh?

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-100-pirates-12-dodgers-7.html

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This team had back to back years where they flamed out in the back half of the season.  Both last year and this year the did not panic or go here we go again when they hit adversity.  They get some sort of props for tenacity and not panicking.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/late-recap-or-early-recap-whatever-game-98-pirates-5-rockies-3.html

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At some point in the preseason you had their wins in the mid to upper 80s and just missing the playoffs which seemed very realistic.Its not a great outlook but it still beats 20 of the last 21 seasons.A week before the break they were ahead of the predicted pace and now they are a little behind.So splitting the difference has them about where you predicted.In other words, they are who we thought they were.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/the-2014-pittsburgh-pirates-first-half-not-good-or-bad-but-enough-of-both-to-be-maddening.html

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Even though they lost those first two games I was heartened by the fact that, after feasting on lousy teams, the Pirates played the Cardinals close.  Had they gotten gotten boat raced I would have been very worried about just how good the team was.  The Reds series this weekend should be a good one.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-92-pirates-9-cardinals-1.html

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@TuscaloosaBuc I live in the DC area.  You'd fit in perfectly as a fan of the Washington Professional Football Franchise.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-92-pirates-9-cardinals-1.html

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@TomBrenholts1 I have never been a fan of Pedro's anemic BA and prolific SO totals.  Every time I feel like posting something about it he goes on a tear and I keep quiet.  Josh Harrison playing lights out and Pedro in the lower half of the line up I wonder if the Pirates should trade Pedro while the value is high. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-89-cardinals-2-pirates-0.html

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Based on a check of the Washington Post and the comments, the feeling is that Rendon would've been a nice pick but they are really cheesed about Soriano not getting picked.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/andrew-mccutchen-elected-all-star-starter-josh-harrison-and-tony-watson-will-join-him-in-minneapolis.html

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I believe In 2010 as the Pirates were looking new and improved they faced a similar stretch as the one they just had.  At the time then they had a decent record and were maybe a few games out of first.  With a the upcoming stretch against cellar dwellers its seemed like they were poised for serious move.  Instead they did poorly and quickly faded from serious discussion.  In 2012 when they were in The Collapse 1.0 they had a similar stretch of easy games that could have righted the ship.  Instead they continued the downward spiral.


I temper my expectations for what the Pirates can do this year knowing that this is a bellwether week, but I have full appreciation for the 12-4 run they just completed.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-88-pirates-6-phillies-2.html

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For a minute there I thought WHYGAVS was somehow cross threaded with The AP Party.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/batman-and-robin.html

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My head is still spinning from the Blyleven-esk curve ball he threw to get a strike out in the 2nd inning.It broke so much I think he actually wrote his name with the pitch.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-84-pirates-5-diamondbacks-1.html

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Best wishes to Grilli. He was a key part of last year's run.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/pirates-trade-jason-grilli-to-the-angels-for-ernesto-frieri.html

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Is it too early for Player of the Month talk?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-65-pirates-4-cubs-2.html

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Not even a mention of Dave Parker's throw in the 1979 All Star Game??????  It was only the first highlight shown on the closing credits of "This Week in Baseball" for about a decade.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/

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