Need something to carry you through the agonizing wait before they start to toss the horsehide around? Here's a couple of Bucco-related tidbits to help you weather the angst until February 14th arrives:
* There's a bobblehead battle being waged in the blogosphere. Eron of Sitting In The North Side Notch is championing a Romulo Sanchez doll write-in; DK of the PBC Blog is pushing some old guy named Honus Wagner for the honor, and Michael at Hyzdu Headquarters is tub-thumping for oldie but goodie Fred Clarke.
If you feel like joining in the fray, you can vote at Bobblehead Ballot. There are actual candidates listed, too, for your voting pleasure.
And for the GW pick? He's waiting for a Gunner give-away.
* Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com has the Bucs covered coming and going. Here's her story Hopes High For New Look Bench. She also penned a story back in October that makes her look like a Delphi oracle: Bucs Will Count On Growth From Core.
* DK has the latest pre-camp stuff on the Bucs in his Hot Stove Report, featuring the much maligned Andy LaRoche, who's apparently rarin' to go in 2009.
* Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball Blog has a post well worth reading, comparing the Buc's All-Time teams. Sully picks the best roster from the homegrown guys that were born and bred Pirates and a team of guys that came to Pittsburgh from other organizations. It's a pretty interesting read, and a great starting point for Bucco debaters.