Ben Cherington and Derek Shelton spoke before the annual PiratesFest at PNC Park on an array of subjects.
The payroll's too low. There. I said it. Yet again, for maybe the millionth year in a row.
The Penguins lost to the Flyers, 3-0, Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center in the last game before the NHL's All-Star break.
At some stage of the Penguins' game with their archrival here tonight, something is sure to go wrong for the home team.
A month ago, Jack Johnson was getting some good-natured grief from good buddy Drew Doughty. Something about barely having any goals over the past, oh, decade or so.
No, it's not about hits and fights, scraps and scrums and all that other tough stuff.
It's possible that, by the time the Zambonis complete their final laps here tonight, the most compelling quotes I could cull about the Penguins would come from the Bruins' locker...
Dominik Simon caught himself, and cleverly at that.
When Major League Baseball's historic axe swung down upon Houston's front office, it brought similarly strong reactions from across the continent, almost all in approval.
The problem with Mariano Rivera having been the Baseball Hall of Fame's first unanimous selection a year ago is that he's set the new standard for encouraging homogenized voting.
"It takes everyone," Marcus Pettersson was telling me the other night at PPG Paints Arena. "Everyone in here."
Kris Letang needs to be better. There. Lets' try the positive approach this time.
Kris Letang's ill-advised overtime penalty cost the Penguins at 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
It's New Year's Eve, and the predictions for 2020 will be pouring at the pace of champagne.
"I'm looking forward to Ben hopefully coming back healthy. So it can get back to the way it used to be and whatnot. ... You know what I mean?"
The Penguins kept right on defending, right on winning in shutting down the Predators, 5-1, Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The Penguins' five-day Christmas break formally ends here Friday when they face off anew with the Predators.
The Steelers have learned a lot in 2019 toward 2020, and one of them is that they'll be just fine at quarterback.