MT. VERNON —
For someone who has rooted for a primarily losing franchise, I'll be cheering for the Pirates this season and their quest to end the drought.
They'll be in for a tough test against the traditionally powerful Cardinals and Reds as well.
It seems like everything always goes the way of St. Louis. It did a year ago when the Pirates cracked and faded in the second-half of the year. St. Louis will be a challenge again this year.
The Cardinals are again loaded with depth and talent and going into Thursday's action sat just a game and a half on the heels of the upstart Pirates.
The All-Star game is approaching and then the season will really start to get interesting. With the NBA and NHL concluding its respective playoffs, more eyes will turn to baseball and the pressure on the Pirates will increase.
I wouldn't bet against the Cardinals, but who knows maybe the Pirates will return to some of that early 90s magic.
Paul Hines is the sports editor at the Register-News.