June 7th, 2008 by Adam Wagner

Pirates’ draft blowout

Going into the 2008 MLB Draft, Pirates’ fans almost expected to be disappointed. After all, there was no way Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly could live up to the expectations thrust upon them by a fanbase that wanted to see fifteen years of mistakes fixed in one draft, right? I hate to break it to all of you, but depending on who they sign, Huntington and Coonelly came pretty damn close. Keep reading →

June 5th, 2008 by Matt Felser

Alvarez It Is

The draft begins in 10 minutes, but multiple sources say that the Pirates have settled on Vanderbilt slugger Pedro Alvarez with their second pick. Keep reading →

June 5th, 2008 by Adam Wagner

Penguins fall to Wings in Six

The Penguins were never the better team in this series. The Red Wings always had crisper passes, played better defense and took more shots. In that sense, it was amazing that the Penguins won two games, but after losing to the Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the Wings a 4-2 win in the series, the loss still feels like a heartbreaker. Keep reading →

June 4th, 2008 by Adam Wagner

Pirates shut out for first time this year

On Tuesday, the Pirates were shut out for the first time this season, a somewhat remarkable feat for the last National League team to be shut out this season.  Old nemesis Wandy Rodriguez, who always seems to pitch well against Pittsburgh, beat Phil Dumatrait who had a another solid start, giving up two runs over six innings in the 2-0 loss. Keep reading →

June 3rd, 2008 by Adam Wagner

Best. Game. Ever.

The Penguins won Game 5 in Joe Louis Arena in triple overtime on Monday night/Tuesday morning.  Maxime Talbot scored with 35 seconds left to push the game to 3-3 tie and then two and a half more intense periods of hockey were played until Petr Sykora, who called his own goal on national TV, shot the puck over Chris Osgood’s shoulder and into the net to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory.  Marc-Andre Fleury had basically the game of his life, making 55 saves in order to keep the Red Wings from winning.  The game was easily one of the best in Penguins’ and in Finals’ history and may be one of the best in NHL history.  Feel free to include your take on this memorable game as well as where you were, how you celebrated and how you think the series will play out in comments on this post.  A much longer post will be coming out from me tonight, but for now I need some sleep.

June 1st, 2008 by Adam Wagner

The best and the worst of Pirates’ pitching

The best and the worst of the Pirates’ starters have been on display in St. Louis this weekend as Paul Maholm had a solid outing on Saturday night en route to a 14-4 Pirate win while Ian Snell had a disastrous one on Sunday en route to a 7-4 Pirates’ loss. The Pirates’ starters have been openly up and down thus far, with Maholm, Zach Duke and Phil Dumatrait all being able to have good starts while Snell and Tom Gorzelanny are walking disasters and this weekend series was just an example of that issue. Keep reading →