• Greg Johnson, the Pirates' longtime travel secretary, knows his baseball history, and he insisted on Saturday that the Alou family -- Felipe; his son, Moises; and his brothers, Jesus and Matty -- had another member who played in the big leagues.
"It was in the '70s," Johnson said."You don't remember Boog-Alou?"
Of course, Jesus Alou has a place in Pirates history. As a member of the Astros, he was the final batter in a Pittsburgh victory over Houston at Three Rivers Stadium. The tying and go-ahead runs were on base with one out in the ninth inning. Alou pinch-hit against Kent Tekulve. A double play ensued.
And Vince Lasheid, the wonderful Three Rivers organist, immediately played the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."