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Big weekend

April 27, 2009 - John Mehno

So the Penguins came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Flyers and win their playoff series. The Steelers drafted a guy named Ziggy Hood. The Pirates took two of three from the Padres, who wore three different styles of uniforms in the three games.

Plus we had the TV Land awards Sunday night.  (Everyone who was in M*A*S*H is either dead or has white hair. Given a choice, take the white hair).

It's nice that the Pirates are winning, if only because it represents a change of pace. Too much of anything is bad. I don't think their ride can last because their offense has so many holes and the starting rotation still has too many question marks. But I'm willing to be surprised.

When I left the ballpark after Wednesday's game, I was freezing. Yesterday I was sitting on someone's deck, roasting in mid-summer heat. I don't know the first thing about global warming and how legitimate it is, but we seem to have abandoned the transition seasons. We just go from one extreme to another.

From afar I see the Curve has a controversy about an autograph signing with Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. As much as the players are a draw, if you don't have clearly defined rules for autographs (and clear enforcement of the rules), someone is going to leave disappointed. I've never understood why some MLB teams (the Cubs, notably) limit giveaway items to the first 10,000 or some other cut-off number. A lot of people who come to games don't care about a promotional item; for others, it's the reason they bought a ticket. Why risk shutting someone out and making a customer unhappy? Rule of thumb: Autograph demand almost always exceeds supply.

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