What to watch: Pirates or Penguins?

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis heads out on the ice wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates batting helmet before the team’s morning practice at Consol Energy Center on Oct. 1, 2013. By James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Trever Sheets, Point Park News Service:

Chris White plans to watch the Pirates while catching glimpses of the Penguins when he can.

There is no doubt in Joe Komar’s mind either that he will be watching the Pirates’ playoff game instead of the Penguins’ home opener.

They are among thousands of fans faced with the rare situation: The Pirates will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis — on the same night that the Penguins will begin their regular season by hosting the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. at Consol Energy Center.

“I normally don’t follow the Pirates but have been this season with this playoff run,” White said.

The Cleveland native is following the Pirates, even though he is still a fan of the Indians, who were eliminated from the playoffs in the American League Wild Card game. Without a professional hockey team in Cleveland, he has adopted the Penguins as his favorite.

“Between the Indians, Pirates and Penguins, this is an exciting couple of days for me,” he said.

Joe Komar, of the South Side, said he just hopes to be able to get home from work in time to catch some of both games.

“I have loved baseball my entire life and will be watching the Pirates game if I can,” Komar said. “I would like to actually watch one game on the television while streaming the other game on my iPad.”

Frank Shymatta, of Monongahela, does not really have a specific favorite among the major professional teams in Pittsburgh.

“If I am home I will probably flip back and forth between games,” Shymatta said.

The other possibility for Shymatta is to go to a bar or restaurant in the area with his wife, which will allow for him to see both games and allow his wife to watch the Penguins.

Cathy Moore, of Butler County, said she will be watching the Pirates game over the Penguins even though she equally follows both teams.

“This is the end for the Pirates either way,” she said. “The Penguins have a whole season ahead of them.”