I’ve been a resident of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region for the vast majority of my life. There isn’t much here besides a lot of trees and a lot of Republicans. Spend a few days here and you’ll quickly realize why this state is called “Penn’s Woods”. One thing I have never done is attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
I told Andy that I wanted to chronicle my visit to this event, mostly because it is about baseball in general, but also because I had never been there. I watched it on television, I followed the storylines, and I rooted for the underdogs, but I had never actually visited the Little League Complex. That all changed this past Saturday, as I took the hour and thirty minute trip to watch a bunch of 11-13 year olds play their guts out.
On this week’s episode, the Ginger Prince of Baseball Bob Finkbeiner makes his glorious return to the podcast to talk stick-ball with Andy and fill in while Jason is on paternity leave. The duo start with discussion of Giancarlo Stanton as front-runner for National League MVP as all the other contenders drop like flies. Andy then talks about the state of the union in Pittsburgh, re-signing Russell Martin, and the trade deadline deals that never were. Bob then talks about the injuries that have been plaguing the Tribe and the value of Nick Swisher before talking contract extensions with Corey Kluber (The Klub-bot). The two then wrap up with a SeaWolves shout-out, highlighting the Altoona-Erie series this weekend at Jerry Uht Park and discuss the potential of a Stetson Allie onesie for Jason’s offspring. Andy ends the episode by calling Bob ‘Rob’ for the first time ever in an attempt to sound hip. It is unsuccessful.
If the season were to end today, the Pittsburgh Pirates would have their second Wildcard berth in as many years. Only caveat being, they currently have a pretty dreadful (subjectively speaking) offense even after putting up 11 runs against the Detroit Tigers the other night. I am a pretty optimistic Pirate fan, unlike numerous other bloggers and tweeps, I try to stay positive in the face of adversity when it comes to my favorite baseball team. My loyalty and patience has been tested twice already this season, but as I said, I tried to stay calm. Continue reading →
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison, at 27 years old, has improved his standing in the lineup, going from super-utility player at the beginning of the season to full-time fixture at the top of the lineup. He is in the midst of the best year in his career by far and has already set career bests in just about every statistical category.
General Manager Neal Huntington spoke about a variety of topics on 93.7 The Fan this morning. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:
In regards to why Andrew McCutchen or Neil Walker haven’t been placed on the disabled list, he stated that he doesn’t want to lose days with McCutchen or Walker on the back of a DL stint in which they may be healthy by day ten. This is why neither has yet to be placed on the disabled list. He stated McCutchen is feeling better every day.
Medical professionals have told him that McCutchen’s injury is not related to the hit by pitch from Randall Delgado in Arizona as it was a torque-related injury, not an impact injury. Continue reading →
The 2014 trade deadline was one of the more exciting ones in recent memory. In fact, this trade season had plenty of high-profile activity, starting with the Cubs trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s for a package featuring their top short stop prospect Addison Russell.
The Pirates, while rumored to be in on some of the bigger name trade chips like Jon Lester and David Price, never pushed all of their chips to the center of the table. In fact, they flat-out folded at the deadline. Continue reading →