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From: http://pittsblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/onward-and-upward-in-pittsburgh.html

Onward and Upward in Pittsburgh?

... This is a real challenge for Patrick Dowd as he challenges Luke Ravenstahl in the upcoming mayoral primary. The angels aren't singing in Pittsburgh, but things here don't seem so bad compared to a lot of places, and in a lot of ways, things feel relatively good. "Things" captures those vague feelings you can get when you read about new restaurants and the fact that the Penguins may make the playoffs after all and deserve that new arena that's employing a lot of construction workers. "Things" aren't really so rosy, but Dowd can't be Mr. Doom-and-Gloom and hope to pull off an Obama-esque upset.

 

From: http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/where-should-pedro-martinez-pitch-in-2009.html

Where Should Pedro Martinez Pitch in 2009?

Sean McAdam of the Boston Herald wrote a piece that the Boston Red Sox are not interested in a reunion with future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. ... McAdam says that the three teams linked most to Pedro are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Let's walk through each ...

From the Pirates' perspective, Pedro makes a lot of sense. As a veteran leader who brings the "it" factor, he would be a boon to mentoring the young pitchers on the staff as well as create some buzz around the team and get fannies in the seats.

From Pedro's perspective, it doesn't make that much sense. The clock is ticking and he's going to be retiring soon, perhaps as early as this year. Why would he close his career out playing for a decrepit team? Unless he really wants to play and parlay his (potential) success for the Pirates into a contract for 2010, I can't see him selecting the Pirates.

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