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July 1, 2014

Greg Huston: Is Jason Grilli a jerk — or just happy in Cali?

NEW CASTLE — If you are an avid Twitter user, you may have caught Jason Grilli's tweet from the day he made his Angels' debut, where he proclaimed that he was "excited to play for a powerhouse team."

That comment could be construed as nothing more than an emotional player trying to show how pumped he is to play for his new team, and that's fine. However, based on some recent reports about Grilli being a jerk as soon as the cameras turned away, it sounds like that may have been a dig at the Pirates.

Couple that with his recent performances, and Pirates' fans across the region are more than welcome to tweet back, "Good riddance!"

•If you missed Josh Harrison's mad cap dash between second and third base the other night against the Mets, make sure you check out the rundown on the Internet somewhere. Harrison was most assuredly too far away from the baseline at least once and probably twice, though he was not called out in either case. But if you can't appreciate the hustle and effort of the true spark plug of this Pirates team, than you probably shouldn't be watching the games.

•What the heck happened to the Penguins? As I have written before, these guys had the public relations side of the sport mastered over the past few years. Then all of the sudden, they can't seem to get anything right. New general manager Jim Rutherford's hire was a borderline disaster, former coach Dan Bylsma's firing was worse and the ensuing coaching search took longer than needed. Unproven and career minor league coach Mike Johnston might turn out to the be the right guy for these underachievers, but regardless, the Penguins credibility has taken a hit over the past two months.

•America, home of more wealth, decadence and free time than most anywhere else in the world, should be extremely proud of its national soccer team,  which went a perfectly average 1-1-1 in the knockout round of this year's FIFA World Cup. Somehow that was good enough to advance to the next stage. I didn't watch a single minute of any of the games, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the U.S. exits this tournament as early as possible with only the best 16 teams left.

•My boy LeBron decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Miami Heat and become an unrestricted free agent immediately. He may be doing the noble thing by attempting to restructure his deal, along with the Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who both also opted out of their deals, so that the Heat can sign another free agent to help out. If he's not, I sincerely hope he is planning on returning to Cleveland and actually completing a feel good story of going home again. If he wants to be liked, this is probably his best option. Who knows, I may even root for him, and Cleveland, to win something.

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