Blues for Vogelsong

Ryan Vogelsong, upon impact . . .

Ryan Vogelsong, upon impact, as caught by a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer . . .

If you’re my age, the first two words into your brain when you saw the pitch sail up and in and catch Ryan Vogelsong flush around the left cheek and eye Monday were Tony Conigliaro. Then, as Vogelsong was carted off the PNC Park field en route Allegheny General Hospital, you said a prayer that the Pirates’ righthander doesn’t face even one degree of what Tony C. faced.