Nuts and Bolts

Today’s blog post contains a variety of thoughts, from local news to regional sports.  It’s another rainy day in Western Pennsylvania, which I love because it means I don’t have to water my garden or my wife’s plants.  Today is also the day IUP will announce their new women’s basketball coach.  The announcement will be carried live on AM 1160 WCCS starting today at 10 a.m.

Today is also the debut of top Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole.  I’m excited about this and I’m hoping Gerrit will have a good debut.  I’m always nervous for young players just getting started, whether it’s in the NFL, NHL or MLB.  Hopefully Cole will become a valued member of the pitching staff and will buoy the Pirates over the next few weeks.  They’ve got a bit of a tough schedule, so the help will be needed.

The Pirates also announced yesterday that they’ll start using metal detector wands on fans entering PNC Park.  Haven’t heard any opposition to this and not sure why anyone would object.  This is already done at Consol Energy Center and takes no more than 20 seconds.

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