Exhausted (Jerry Meals redux)

Its been a long *two* nights now. I was only able to stay till the bottom of the 16th inning but I was home in time to see the ending. I’m actually glad my Dad and I had already left because he might have had a coronary over that call if we had seen it live. Kudos to the bullpen, especially Jason Grilli and Daniel McCutchen, for pitching 13 innings of scoreless relief. The offense missed so many chances to score, but McKenry, Walker and Paul did their part early.

A lot has already been written about this and I’m sure there will be more to come, so here are some links to the best stuff.

Video of the ending from MLB.com, and from Sports Grid.

Rob Neyer stretches his imagination and says the ump MIGHT be right.

Joe Posnanski says Rob Neyer is wrong.

Friend of the blog Larry Granillo imagines an alternate timeline where instant replay was in effect.

Pat Lackey has a quick, stunned take, a long ranting take and a more measured post too.

Via Rumbunter, a Benstonuim video of Jerry Meals calling bad things safe.

Brian McElhinney at Raise the Jolly Roger wasn’t so jolly.

Charlie Wilmoth is incredulous.

Jen Langosch has the inside scoop from the clubhouse, and the Pirates’ official statement.

I’m back at it tonight. I fully expect aliens to land at this point.

Quick thoughts from the weekend and some links

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. I celebrated by placing 42,430th in the Peachtree Road Race.

Andrew McCutchen is an All-Star caliber player whether he was selected for the team or not. Typically (but not always) these type of snubs have been made moot due to injury replacements, so I’ll wait for a few days before I get in a huff about it.

The most disappointing thing from the weekend to me is that the Bucs could have pretty easily swept the Nats and been in 1st place now. Though I will happily accept being three games over .500 and 1.5 games back.

The Pirates are starting to get some real attention now, not just for single players like Charlie Morton but the team as a whole. To that end, I present…

Some Links:

Joe Posnanski with his usual excellent take; this time griping and the McCutchen McSnub.

Christina Kahrl from ESPN.com’s Sweetspot blog on the strides the Pirates have made this year.

Fangraph’s Dave Cameron posits that the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year. I can’t find a single thing in this article to argue with.

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