The phrase, "They don't make them like that anymore," fits Vinny Paz perhaps better than any fighter or athlete out there. Vinny Paz (formerly Pazienza) is a five-time world boxing champion, having battled a who's who of champions during his career.
Paz was one of the few boxers who could main event and pack the house with out having a belt.
As I was writing this month's article, the Pirates lost their fourth game in row, 8-3 to Baltimore. A friend of mine called and asked in a very frustrated tone, "Why can't they get over the hump and stay there?" Just a few days ago the Pirates were 35-33. After this loss they dropped to 35-37. So what is it that keeps them from getting over the hump?
This year, it's simple. The hitting, or lack thereof.
Its not a quarterback controversy, nor is it a "Who is better" debate. Yet some fans and media want to know who should be the Pirates starting catcher, Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, once Doumit returns this month from a stint on the disabled list?
Every manager or coach gives all he can to his team. John Russell—I can promise—gave his all to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, as I am sure Joe Kerrigan did. But some people/coaches are not meant for certain teams at certain times.
The 2011 Pirates entered May 13-15 and three games out of first place.
Now that the Pirates have three weeks under their new coaching staff, how are they adjusting? Is it be confusing for the players as they adapt to another new system and staff? Will they have to learn to hit a certain way? Pitch a certain way?
Baseball, at least if its coached properly is different than a sport like football. Take a quarterback, for example.
The first thing I thought when I first saw Andrew McCutchen play was, "This guy has superstar written all over him." Usually it's not hard to find something players need to do to improve their game. With McCutchen, though, you really have to nit-pick.
He hits for average... but he can hit higher.
He's got some power... but he can hit more homeruns.
He can flat-out fly—and he hustles—but he can be a better base stealer.
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Riverhounds beat Barracuda to finish May unbeaten in league play
Following the Steelers’ draft haul last month, there was considerable talk about how the team deviated from their tried and true ways, stepping boldly into the new era of the NFL by embracing change and living—and drafting—for the now.
You can’t divide the Major League Baseball season into four whole parts—162 divided by four comes out to 40.5—but after last night’s game against Milwaukee, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially rounded the quarter turn of their 2013 season. The report out of PNC Park: so far, so good—but there’s a long way to go.
Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin both won it. Other great Penguins like Tom Barrasso and Bryan Trottier also hoisted it. No, it’s not the Stanley Cup; it’s the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s most outstanding first year player.
The Pitt baseball team entered May in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, chasing a Big East title and a berth in the College World Series. It's hard to imagine a better way for the Panthers to enter the ACC.