There’s not too much to say the morning after your three most recent pitching call-ups combine to allow 17 hits and 13 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. We’ll go with odds and ends on a dreary Friday morning in Pittsburgh before the Cardinals come up to bat again…
- Rick Ankiel, the pitcher turned outfielder whose comeback may have been the feel-good story of the year, thumped the Pirates to the tune of two homers and seven runs batted in on Thursday. Later in the day, though, it was reported that he received a year’s supply of HGH from a Florida pharmacy in 2004, prompting MVN’s Jeff Kallman to dub him The Un-Natural. Innocent until proven guilty, sure, but way to ruin a happy ending.
- In other news concerning hotshot center fielders, I profiled Andrew McCutchen this morning at Sandlot Swashbucklers. All off-season long I’m going to be making an effort to write a few words about every Pirate in the organization; throughout the process I’ll be archiving the resulting posts for your casual perusal. No better place to start than the crown jewel of the organization.
- Also at Sandlot Swashbucklers, Nancy has Pirate post-season coverage: “The Hickory Crawdads lost their first game against the West Virginia Power (Brewers’ affiliate) in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs, by a score of 12-2.” Check out the full game report here.
- As I mentioned last week, I recently answered a few Pirate-related questions for USA Today’s Sports Weekly. I briefly talk about my favorite baseball moment, Barry Bonds, new ownership and the CEO search here. (And on page 46 of the publication, too, if you want to shell out $1.75.)
- Finally, I’m pleased to announce that you’ll be seeing a new face on Pittsburgh Lumber Co. in the coming days. Matt Bandi of Wait ‘Til Next Year has graciously agreed to come aboard and write a couple of posts with us each week. Tentative plans have him blogging black and gold each Tuesday and Thursday, so be sure to stop back and make him feel welcome.
Cubs and Pirates later tonight, with the ketchup jerseys making their second to last appearance of 2007.