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First call: Ex-Pirates flameout Steve Pearce is World Series MVP

| Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 6:57 a.m.
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates his second home run with Xander Bogaerts during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates his second home run with Xander Bogaerts during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce holds the MVP trophy after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce holds the MVP trophy after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce holds the MVP trophy after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce holds the MVP trophy after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In Monday's "First Call," a former Pirate is the World Series MVP. Another one-time Bucco was a star, too. Putting Hue Jackson's ineptitude in perspective. The Seahawks pull off a great trick play and an even better celebration.


Is this going to happen every year?

In the 2016 World Series, David Ross hit a home run in Game 7 for the Chicago Cubs.

In the 2017 World Series, Charlie Morton won Game 7 for the Houston Astros.

Now 2018 has given us Steve Pearce. He won the World Series MVP award for his efforts as the Boston Red Sox clinched the championship with a 5-1 win over Los Angeles in Game 5 Sunday night.

So, apparently, every October is going to give us a painful reminder of a mediocre Pittsburgh Pirate who went on to postseason glory somewhere else.

Pearce hit three homers over the last two games of the World Series and had 13 hits in the playoffs.

He capped off his immense October with these two home runs in Game 5 against the Dodgers.

For perspective, Pearce appeared in 185 games, hitting .232 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs.

I'm sure at the time of his departure from Pittsburgh, we all thought that someday he'd be mentioned in the same breath as Babe Ruth.


Him too?

Let's give another former Pirate some credit, as well.

David Freese hit a lead-off homer against David Price in the bottom of the first of Game 5.

It came in a losing effort. But Freese proved to be a valuable addition for the Dodgers. That was his second homer of the postseason. He had an OPS of 1.196 in October.


At least they have a sense of humor

Losing in the World Series is brutally disappointing.

Doing so twice in a row is doubly bad. So it must be hard for the Dodgers right now, having fallen to the Red Sox this year and the Astros last year.

But it was nice of the Texas Rangers to reach out to L.A. with some empathy.

Texas lost to the Cardinals and the Giants in 2011 and 2012.


Oh, it's been THAT bad?

How awful has it been for Hue Jackson as the Browns coach? Check out this nugget Pro Football Talk unearthed after Cleveland's loss to the Steelers Sunday.

"There have been 219 coaches in NFL history who coached at least 40 games in their career. Jackson ranks 218th in career winning percentage."

The only coach who was worse was Bert Bell, who led the Eagles to a record of 10-46-2 (.179) from 1936 to 1941."

Jackson is 3-36-1 in Cleveland after going 8-8 in Oakland. So that's 11-44-1 overall and a total winning percentage of .205.

He also offered this less-than-believable characterization of his relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

We'll see how long those two survive together in Cleveland. My guess is that it won't be much longer.


Points for originality

Give credit to the Seahawks for creating this touchdown celebration.

They should've gone full-blown Ventura vs Ryan there. Tyler Lockett should've put Doug Baldwin in a headlock.

The Seahawks weren't done there. They won the game over Detroit 28-14. And punter Michael Dickson sealed the deal with this wild run out of his own end zone.

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