As the Pittsburgh Pirates return home on Monday to face the New York Mets–kicking off what was scheduled to be a six-game home stand–there will be plenty of divided attention in the stands.
With the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup finals, the outcome of Monday’s game in California determines whether the series returns to Pittsburgh tied at two games apiece, or if Pittsburgh can close out the series with a win at home on Thursday night.
The Pirates were scheduled to have an off-day at home on Thursday, but a rainout makeup will find them playing in Denver, instead. The preferred outcome–at least for Pittsburgh sports fans–would be a clinching win at home on Thursday night, with the impending three-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals acting as the accompaniment to a Penguins victory parade.
Any celebrations would take place across the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, and it remains to be seen how many Penguins fans would cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge to see the Pirates in action. But with post-game fireworks already scheduled for Saturday night’s game, Penguins fans may be tempted to join the celebration.
by R. Lincoln Harris