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First call: Talking with Pitt coach Jeff Capel; Giancarlo Stanton goes off in Yankees debut

Tim Benz
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New Pitt mens head basketball coach Jeff Capel speaks to the gather crowd Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
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The Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run in the ninth inning on Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on March 29, 2018 in Toronto.

Today in First Call, we have an interview with new Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel, a potential Steelers draft pick and Giancarlo Stanton being Giancarlo Stanton.


Jeff Capel interview

Yesterday on 105.9 the X, I interviewed new Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel.

Among the topics we discussed:

• Recruiting for Pitt in the ACC

• Who gave him the advice to take the Pitt job

• His level of desire to keep potential transfers from the 0-19 team last year

• His renowned Steeler fandom, namely his hot Twitter game after Jesse James got tripped up on the old catch rule

• Why our 10 minutes of friendly banter now means nothing since he went to Duke and I went to Syracuse


Shaq on the Steelers?

Will the Steelers really draft, one-handed linebacker draft prospect Shaquem Griffin?

At least one NFL executive is suggesting they are the best fit.


Gronk and Gibson

So Rob Gronkowski apparently is going to be in a movie with Mel Gibson.

Of course, it’s an action movie.

Gronk’s role is being kept under wraps, according to tracking-board.com.

What could possibly go wrong?


What’s he gonna do? Upgrade?

It must be nice to be Danny Amendola. Apparently he thinks he is going upgrade from … Miss Universe?

The newly signed Dolphins wide receiver is now single as he hits Miami Beach.

OK. It’s Miami. So you may think there is an Olivia Culpo on every corner. But…c’mon! She’s Miss Universe for crying out loud!


Stanton delivers early

Here’s what it looked like as Giancarlo Stanton homered off of former Pirate J. A. Happ in his first Yankee at-bat.

And what it looked like when he tried to hit one back into the States in the top of the ninth inning.

Get used to it.


Three-peat

White Sox slugger Matt Davidson hit three homers yesterday. He’s just the fourth guy to do that in MLB history on Opening Day.

With Ivan Nova and Jordan Zimmermann pitching in the Pirates-Tigers game today though, two or three guys will likely do this.


Yinz know ‘at dude?

Mt. Lebanon’s Ian Happ hit the first pitch of the MLB season out the park for a home run.

He promises to pick up the first round of drinks at The Saloon for anyone who mentions Breakfast with Benz to him the first time Chicago comes to PNC Park this year.

I swear.


Party like it’s the NCAAs

It may just be the NIT. But it’s pretty clear the Nittany Lions are celebrating their NIT Final win over Utah last night like they won the big dance.

Penn State topped Utah , 82-66, at Madison Square Garden.

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