Penguins center Joe Vitale is a committed St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Often wears a ballcap that proves it.
It's perfectly predictable then that Vitale a St. Louis native wants to see the Cardinals finish first in the National League Central.
But if they don't he seems willing to live with the most likely alternative.
"I hope the Cardinals win the division" Vitale said Monday after an informal workout at the Ice Castle in Castle Shannon. "But if there were a team to beat us out obviously I'd be pulling for [the Pirates].
"I'm a Cardinals fan but there's a great buzz in the city right now. I consider this place my second home so the fact they haven't [reached the playoffs] in so long obviously if they're the team to beat us out it would be a good thing."